In fact, it's worse, anyone who presents information about our world that they don't like, is considered an enemy. Becoming an "enemy" invites any tactic; misdirection, dirty tricks, manipulative lies, and just plain insults. All are considered fair-play and a God Given Free Speech Right for them*.
That the "opponent" has a free speech right to have his/her work and words honestly represented to the public, doesn't even cross their minds. Instead, engaging in vicious destructive slander towards serious professionals who are considered "enemies" is considered good fun.
In any event, I read a most interesting article worth sharing, "Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World?," by Jonathan Chait at New York Mag.com, it does a much better job than I ever could of putting all this into a relevant context, I will share large sections, but encourage you to read the complete article.
"Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World?"
Indeed, the Republican Party stands alone in its conviction that no national or international response to climate change is needed