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: