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Viewers vow boycott after Rupert Murdoch buys NatGeo: ‘Cash triumphs over conservation, conscience’

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Angry National Geographic fans vowed to boycott its magazine and cable channels after Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox purchased the non-profit.

In a statement on Wednesday, the National Geographic Society announced that it had made deal worth nearly $1 billion to give Murdoch’s company 73 percent control.

“The value generated by this transaction, including the consistent and attractive revenue stream that National Geographic Partners will deliver, ensures that we will have greater resources for this work, which includes our grant making programs that support scientists and explorers around the world,” National Geographic Society President Gary Knell said. “We now will have the scale and reach to continue to fulfill our mission long into the future.”

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But frequent climate change denial on Murdoch’s Fox News and Fox Business channels — along with the billionaire’s own dismissal of global warming — sparked outrage among subscribers.

“Rupert Murdoch owning National Geographic is like putting Dr. Kevorkian in charge of a hospice,” photographer James Cooper wrote on Twitter.

“I give National Geographic 18 months before publishing its first piece of climate change denial,” Greg Stolze predicted.

“Cash triumphs over conservation, conscience and courage: National Geographic embraces Rupert Murdoch’s chequebook,” photojournalist Chris Westinghouse agreed.

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Others called to boycott National Geographic.

“Cancel your subscriptions people!” a Twitter user named Jennifer demanded. “Boycott National Geographic. Shame on them for selling out.”

“National Geographic readers care about the planet,” another insisted. “People who care about the planet, boycott #Murdoch.”

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In an interview with Sky News last year, Murdoch downplayed the effects of climate change.

“In terms of the world’s temperature going up, the worst, the most alarmist things have said … 3°C in 100 years,” he argued. “At the very most one of those will come from man-made, be man-made.”

“World growing greener with increased carbon. Thirty years of satellite evidence. Forests growing faster and thicker,” Murdoch tweeted in 2013.

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“Just flying over N. Atlantic 300 miles of ice. Global warming!” he quipped in a tweet earlier this year.

Watch Murdoch’s 2014 interview with Sky News below.

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Meghan McCain gave her strongest indication yet that President Donald Trump was doomed to impeachment, but she was in no mood to talk about it on her birthday.

The conservative host of "The View" turned 35 on Wednesday, a day after former Ukraine ambassador told lawmakers that President Donald Trump had directed efforts to freeze military aid to pressure the foreign ally to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

"This is just killing my vibe," McCain said. "I'm sorry, it's very bad."

"Look, I can't -- I just can't today," McCain said. "I'm so sorry. I would love to stay on this, but it's really bad. It looks like it's highly unethical, and it looks like the smoking gun. That's my political analysis for today. It's my 35th birthday, and I want to move on."

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While talking with the New Yorker's Susan Glasser, Bolduan delivered an exhaustive list of all the failed defenses that the president and his supporters have made to justify Trump's efforts to push Ukraine to investigate his political opponents.

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Trump is ‘running out of game plan’ as damning facts pile up: Former GOP House Intel chair

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Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who previously served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the Trump White House's angry attacks on ambassador Bill Taylor reek of desperation.

After CNN's Jim Sciutto read the White House's statement accusing Taylor of being a "radical unelected bureaucrat," Rogers dismissed the statement as the act of a cornered administration.

"Bill Taylor is a well respected diplomat over his decades of service to the United States," he said. "When you go on this kind of extreme shouting, hair-on-fire criticism, you are running out of game plan. That's exactly what that tells me."

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