A Sky News TV presenter who ridiculed his guest live on air, leading to the climate change activist storming off, has prompted a backlash on social media for his “rude” and “disgraceful” journalism.

Adam Boulton, who is officially Sky News’ editor-at-large, was conducting an interview with Extinction Rebellion (XR) campaign coordinator Robin Boardman on the issue of the recent climate change protests in London.

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Taking Boardman to task on the rights and wrongs of targeting London’s underground tube system on Wednesday, Boulton, who was seemingly irritated by the environmental group’s disruptive tactics launched a fiery tirade against his young guest.

You’re a load of incompetent middle class, self-indulgent people who want to tell us how to live our lives. That’s what you are isn’t it?

Responding to Boulton’s accusations, the climate change activist ploughed on articulating his message and defending the group’s actions, before rising hurriedly from his chair and walking in front of the camera and off set.

The incident prompted much criticism of the Sky News anchor on social media, particularly with regards to his “middle class” insult.

One Twitter user made fun of Boulton’s “incompetent” slur, remarking that the environmental activists were “so incompetent they landed a segment on national TV and Sky’s flagship programme.”

Guardian journalist Owen Jones called the interview “completely unprofessional, rude, aggressive, Trumpian, without even a hint of impartiality. This is Fox News level.”

Others on social media defended Boulton’s interview, including a Sky News producer, who ostensibly concurred with his colleague’s “middle class” label of the climate change activists.

It comes as environmental protesters have, on Wednesday, glued themselves to a DLR train in the financial district of Canary Wharf, London, causing minor delays.

XR protesters have caused traffic disruption in the capital since Monday, targeting roads around Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus.

Over 300 people have been arrested this week over the protests.

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