MSNBC Host Links Baltimore Landslide to Climate Change

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | May 7, 2014 | 10:24 AM EDT

MSNBC host Ronan Farrow seems to think the Baltimore landslide is connected to climate change.

"Today the White House released what it's calling the most comprehensive, scientific assessment ever of Climate Change," Farrow said on his show yesterday. As Farrow says this, video of the Baltimore road that recently collapsed is shown, and Farrow continues, "[The report] predicts temperatures in the U.S. soaring by ten degrees by 2100."

Lack of proper buttressing and reinforcing of the road (and the nearby train tracks) are heavily cited as contributing factors in the collapse. In fact, as National Geographic reported, "People who live along East 26th Street have been concerned about the integrity of the retaining wall since at least the 1990s. Some say the landslide was only a matter of time. 'My wife and I haven't been parking on the side of the street for years because we knew it was going to happen,' retired engineer Jim Zitzer told the Baltimore Sun."

In fact, the Baltimore Sun reported the collapsed wall was 120 years old. CBS Baltimore reported that residents had complained several times about the "crumbling" street over the course of the past year.

Let's not forget that Ronan Farrow received the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism after just three days on the air. When you're a boy-wonder, bona fide brilliant journalist, why let a little thing like fact-checking or accuracy stop you?