It must have seemed to Fox News host Glenn Beck on Wednesday that he had found an easy target in MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan, but Ratigan has now proved himself fully capable of striking back in a war of dueling chalkboards.
The battle began when Beck took exception to Ratigan's statement that "these 'snowpocalypses' that have been going through D.C. and other extreme weather events are precisely what climate scientists have been predicting, fearing and anticipating because of global warming."
"Apparerntly, the hotter it gets, the colder it becomes," Beck commented mockingly, drawing a thermometer on his chalkboard that appeared to be twisting around to eat its own tail.
The next day, however, Ratigan offered his own response to Beck's "massive storm of misinformation," explaining with a chuckle that "in addition to that being completely wrong on so many levels, it's also a total misrepresentation of the climate change theory that I was attempting to explain."
Pulling out his own chalkboard for dramatic effect, Ratigan repeated -- appearing to use simple language for Beck's benefit -- that "the theory basically states that the warmer climate will cause higher ocean temperatures, which means more ocean water evaporating. ... More water in the air results in more precipitation on earth."
"I do not belief this storm is proof of climate change," Ratigan emphasized. "My point very simply was that strong winter storms ... do not by any stretch of the imagination rule out climate change."
"So, Glenn," concluded Ratigan. "The next time you'd like me to explain something ... you can call me, invite me on your show. If you'd like, you can come on mine Unless that sort of in-context, direct engagement scares you a little too much."
This video is from MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show, broadcast Feb. 11, 2010.