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'You're Outta Here, Son': Josh Fox Kicked Off Fox News Over Fracking Report

Host shuts down interview in response to environmental activist and director of Gasland exposing misleading coverage of EPA fracking study

Common Dreams staff

Josh Fox, an environmental activist and director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland, on Monday joined Fox News host Stuart Varney to discuss a recent government report on the effects of fracking on groundwater and the media's misleading coverage of its findings, as well as Varney's stance that he would not frack on his own land, but would prescribe it for the rest of the state of New York.

When Fox questioned Varney's stance on the controversial drilling method, the host abruptly shut down the interview, interrupting his guest with the irate declaration, "You're outta here, son."

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed for the first time last week that hydraulic fracturing does pollute groundwater, but the press release that accompanied the agency's 1,300-page report stated that there was no "widespread" evidence of water contamination—an ambiguous statement that many outlets latched onto, fueling a misleading news cycle.

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