The Republican SOTU Live-Stream Cut Obama's Remarks On Climate Change

President Barack Obama took climate change deniers to task during his State of the Union Address, mocking the "I'm not a scientist" refrain that has become common among Republicans in recent months. But much of Obama's criticism was cut from the Republican party's official live stream of the speech.


The sloppy cut appears in the video above, at the 43:24 mark.

As The Guardian reports:

In the full version of the speech, as seen by millions in America and around the world, Obama said: " I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists; that we don't have enough information to act. Well, I'm not a scientist, either. But you know what – I know a lot of really good scientists at Nasa, and Noaa, and at our major universities."

Those words however did not make the cut in the official House Republican version, billed as an "enhanced webcast" that would be "holding President Obama accountable in real-time".

The Republican version also avoided the subsequent lines in which Obama said: "The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it." There is no reference to the Pentagon in the Republican version.

John Boehner's Press Secretary Michael Steel issued a response this afternoon, stating that the video edits were not intentionally made but were rather "inadvertent." Steel told ThinkProgress via email that Boehner's offic is "working with YouTube to figure out what happened." Outgoing White House advisor John Podesta, for one, is crying foul:

Head to The Guardian for a side-by-side comparison of the Republican feed and the original speech.


It's entirely possible that the two cuts in video/audio are unintentional accidents. That they both happened during parts of the State of the Union address that Republicans are bitter about, e.g., that you don't need to be a scientist to know that anthropogenic global warming is real, and that torture does not respect human dignity, makes it seem less likely. That the two cuts happen within a minute and a half of one another makes it more likely that someone's Internet or possibly video editing program wasn't working properly.

Off-topic I think the idea of an annotated State of the Union address is a great idea; these speeches contain a lot of rhetoric and it would be awesome if Official Party, Official Opposition Party, and Third-Party annotated versions existed to document where this rhetoric is coming from and what facts, if any, underlie the rhetoric.

Back on topic it is weird that the GOP's annotation has no response to Obama's statement that 2014 was the warmest year on record. I didn't know that the Republican Party accepted such a statement. Also they seem to be arguing that EPA rulings would cost a lot for only a small amount of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Also they made no response to the comment that global warming is something to be concerned about. Also they made no response to the US and China working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Is the Republican Party ... implicitly admitting that human greenhouse gas emissions cause anthropogenic global warming?!?!? If so, that's huge.