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New York Times, Politico, others criticized for 'offensive' obituaries on deceased former GOP senator

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New York Times, Politico, others criticized for 'offensive' obituaries on deceased former GOP senator

The New York Times, Associated Press, Politico and the Huffington Post all ran headlines critical of former Sen. James M. Inhofe when news of his death broke.

Prominent news organizations were quick to criticize the Oklahoma Republican’s stance on the environment in their obituaries when he died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Inhofe, Oklahoma’s longest serving senator from 1994 to 2023, led the Environment Committee and was known for his strong opinions on climate change and global warming.

“Longtime former Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, one of the most vehement climate change deniers to ever walk the halls of Congress, has died at age 89, the Tulsa World reported Tuesday,” HuffPost wrote in the first sentence of it’s article announcing his death. The article recalled how Inhofe famously brought a snowball onto the Senate floor in February 2015, which the outlet described as “an embarrassing attempt to prove that climate change is not real.”

The Associated Press’ headline characterized Inhofe as a “defense hawk who called human-caused climate change a ‘hoax.’”

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Politico published its article with the initial headline, “Former Sen. Jim Inhofe, who called climate change a ‘hoax,’ dead at 89,” which Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, communications director Darin Miller called “highly offensive.”

After criticism, Politico changed it to “Former Sen. Jim Inhofe dead at 89.”

Billy Gribbin, communications director for Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said, “Politico, utterly classless, finding the worst way to mention the passing of the longest serving Senator from Oklahoma and a Senate institution.”

He then followed up, “Good, they changed it.”

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A Politico spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “Headlines are regularly A/B tested and switched on a rotation, based on a number of factors, including engagement.”

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The New York Times remembered his life with the headline: “James M. Inhofe, Senator Who Denied Climate Change, Dies at 89.” 

Radio host Erick Erickson compared the headline to the Gray Lady’s obituaries for Democratic Sens. “Edward M. Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Is Dead at 77,” and “Robert C. Byrd, a Pillar of the Senate, Dies at 92.” 

“One killed a lady. Another was a leader in the KKK. But then there’s that other guy…” Erickson wrote, referencing Kennedy, Byrd and Inhofe, respectively.

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“James M. Inhofe, a five-term Republican senator from Oklahoma and, until President Donald J. Trump’s arrival in 2017, arguably Washington’s most prominent denier of the established science of human-generated climate change, died on Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla. He was 89,” the lead paragraph of the Times article read. 

Late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., questions Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus while Sen. James Inhofe listens, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in September 2015.

Late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., questions Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus while Sen. James Inhofe listens, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in September 2015. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The newspaper also described him as “the capital’s most vociferous denier of climate change, repeatedly calling it a hoax perpetrated by environmentalists, their liberal allies in the news media and ‘extremists who simply don’t like capitalism, free markets and freedom.’”

Inhofe passed away peacefully Tuesday morning surrounded by his wife Kay, his children and other family members, a former senior aide told Fox News. Inhofe reportedly suffered a stroke around the Fourth of July holiday.

 

Fox News Digital also reached out to The New York Times, the Associated Press and HuffPost for comment. 

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Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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Single father struggling after work van stolen, torched in Southern California

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Single father struggling after work van stolen, torched in Southern California

A Southern California man’s livelihood was compromised when thieves stole his work van containing thousands of dollars worth of tools he’s bought over the years, stripped the vehicle for parts and set it on fire late last week.  

A single father of four, Travell Harding, a contract painter, said he was hoping he’d be able to recover the vehicle, which was stolen while parked across the street from his home in Artesia, and some of the tools. 

“It’s my livelihood,” he explained. “It’s like someone burning your shop down.”  

When he found out it had been torched, he said he couldn’t believe it.  

“I call the tow truck, I say, ‘Hey, I want to get my truck, what’s left of it. I want to get some tools out of it,’” he explained. “They were like, ‘No, you don’t understand. Your van is completely in rubble, there’s nothing for you to get out of it.’ They cut my hood in half and took out the engine. They cut out the catalytic converter, gutted it and set it on fire.”  

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Officers with California Highway Patrol recovered the charred van, which was burned beyond recognition, in a riverbed several miles from his home.  

The suspects made off with all his equipment, paints, brushes, sprayers and tools he’d inherited from his late father, who was also a contract painter.  

To make the situation even worse, Harding’s insurance doesn’t cover anything beyond a car collision, not even a brazen theft like this.  

“I work out of my van. I don’t have an office,” he told KTLA’s Rachel Menitoff. “I’m a small business owner and that was everything in that van.”  

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In his spare time, Harding runs a nonprofit organization – Fighters for the World – that’s dedicated to helping at-risk teens and his work in the community has not gone unnoticed.  

“People are calling me, saying, ‘I’m going to look in my garage, maybe I have a paintbrush, maybe I have this,’ and I’m like, ‘Let me know, I’ll come by and pick it up,’” he said.  

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A GoFundMe campaign was also organized to help Harding replace some of his equipment and, eventually, buy a new van with added security.  

“Even before I pick up some new tools, I’m scared they’re going to be taken again, so I’m putting a kill switch in my truck and an alarm, whatever I can do off the bat to help protect it because they’re targets,” Harding explained.  

Investigators with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Lakewood Station are handling the case, but so far, no suspects have been identified.  

Harding believes the work is likely a group of professional thieves because of the way they were able to strip the vehicle so quickly.  

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Have battlegrounds shifted with Harris at top of ticket?

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President Biden’s decision to drop out of the race and Vice President Kamala Harris’ rise to the top of the ticket have thrown the state of the race into question and possibly shifted the battleground strategy.

Biden was trailing former President Donald Trump nationally in the Real Clear Politics polling average and the seven major swing states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, but underlying data could reveal what Harris might do to change that.

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While polls showed Biden holding his own among older, white working-class voters, the president was starting to lose his grasp on Black and Hispanic voters, a key demographic for Democrats. Harris, on the other hand, has recently been outperforming Biden among Black voters, indicating there is room for her to gain ground on Trump in a close election.

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President Biden’s decision to drop out of the race and Vice President Kamala Harris’ rise to the top of the ticket have thrown the state of the race into question. (KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

According to one Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted last month, Harris held a 67% favorability rating among Black voters, compared to 23% who had an unfavorable view of the vice president. Biden, meanwhile, came in with a 63% favorable rating, compared to 31% who held an unfavorable view of the president.

An NBC News poll conducted earlier this month revealed similar results when pitting both Biden and Harris against Trump, with Biden beating Trump 69% to 12% among Black voters, a 57-point lead, while Harris led the former president 78% to 14%, a 64-point advantage.

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When Biden was still in the race, most of the swing state attention was given to the so-called “Blue Wall” states in the upper Midwest of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. However, Harris’ strength among Black voters could lead the vice president to look south towards Georgia and North Carolina as opportunities to close the gap.

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When Biden was still in the race, most of the swing state attention was given to the so-called “Blue Wall” states, but Harris’ strength among Black voters could lead the vice president to look south as an opportunitiy to close the gap. (Fox News)

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According to 2020 census data, Georgia and North Carolina have a Black population of 31% and 20.5% respectively, far more than the populations of Michigan (13.7%), Pennsylvania (10.9%), and Wisconsin (6.4%). On the other hand, those states in the upper Midwest have a higher share of older White voters, a demographic in which Biden was outperforming Harris.

Polling of a matchup between Trump and Harris is so far sparse, especially in battleground states, but there are some early indications that Harris may look south for help. One Landmark Communications poll, which was conducted Tuesday, shows Trump with just a one point lead over Harris in Georgia, a smaller advantage than most of the polling had previously shown the former president enjoyed in a matchup against Biden.

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Polling of a matchup between Trump and Harris is so far sparse, especially in battleground states. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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While winning both Georgia and North Carolina would likely not be enough to put Harris over the top, her ability to put them in her column would open up several more viable paths to victory. Without them, Harris would likely need to win all of the other five swing states in order to get to 270 electoral votes.

The Harris campaign did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

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Death Valley tourist suffers third-degree burns on feet after losing flip-flops on dunes

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Death Valley tourist suffers third-degree burns on feet after losing flip-flops on dunes

A Belgian tourist suffered third-degree burns on his feet during a visit to Death Valley National Park over the weekend.

According to the National Park Service, the 42-year-old man was taking a walk on the sand dunes when he lost his flip-flops. The air temperature at the time, officials said, was around 123 degrees and the ground temperature would have been “much hotter.”

A Death Valley National Park ranger told the Los Angeles Times that the ground temperature can reach 170 to 180 degrees and has even been known to get as high as 200 degrees.

“The skin was melted off his foot,” Park Ranger Gia Ponce told the Times.

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The man’s family called for help and other park visitors came to his aid to carry him to the nearby parking lot to await paramedics.

Officials said he suffered “full-thickness” burns on his feet and was in significant pain, but due to the extreme heat in the area, a helicopter was unable to fly and safely land in the area.

Instead, a ground ambulance rushed the man to a higher elevation where temperatures were slightly cooler, still around 109 degrees, which allowed for a helicopter to land and fly him to a Las Vegas hospital.

Officials urge visitors to take necessary precautions when exploring Death Valley, which is the driest, lowest and hottest of all the nation’s parks.

Rangers recommend visitors stay within 10 minutes of an air-conditioned vehicle, drink lots of water, eat salty snacks, wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing, and not hike after 10 a.m.

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