In fracking debate, intelligent discourse brushed off

As these things go, this exchange between Fox business show host Stuart Varney and Josh Fox, an anti-fracking activist and director of the “Gasland” documentaries, isn’t particularly surprising and certainly not enlightening.

A good screaming match is great for ratings. If intellectual curiosity gets slaughtered in the process, so be it.

At issue was an EPA report on fracking, which — as NPR reported a couple of days ago — both sides claim vindicates their positions.

But the Varney interview spiraled out of control after Varney said he bought property in upstate New York before fracking was a thing, and the water was already contaminated.

Nobody, for some reason, has asked him why on earth he’d buy property with contaminated water.