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Al Roker Freaks Out Over People Claiming Polar Vortex is 'Some Left-Wing Media Conspiracy'

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<p><em>More in the <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/01/10/nbc-ignore-arctic-…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the MRC's NewsBusters blog. </em></p><p>On Wednesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, weatherman Al Roker became defensive over people criticizing media hype about the cold snap: <strong>"Well, a lot of folks have been saying there's no such thing as a polar vortex and that it's some left-wing media conspiracy.</strong>&nbsp; Let me tell you something. First of all, we've never used the phrase 'global warming' or 'climate change' in conjunction with this."</p><p>Later on the show, Roker returned to the topic and ranted: "Some are saying that, A, we've created this phrase to hype it and to create hysteria and that we have made it a political issue by linking it to either climate change or global warming. <strong>I will give anybody who can prove that I have ever linked this with global warming or climate change, I will donate a thousand dollars to your charity. Alright?"</strong></p>