Cross-posted from Climate Progress.

When Total, the 14th largest oil and gas company in the world, bought 60 percent of leading solar manufacturer/developer SunPower back in June, here’s what the company said:

We evaluated multiple solar investments for more than two years and concluded that SunPower is the right partner based on its people, world-leading technology and cost roadmap, vertical integration strategy and downstream footprint.

What did the pundits on Fox News say about it? Nothing.

But when an editor for Guns & Patriots magazine (yes, you read that correctly) strung together a completely bogus “scandal” about SunPower using disparate pieces of information, the network was all over it — allowing this “bigger than Solyndra” story about a $1.2 billion loan guarantee to take over the prime time airwaves.