BMI Special Report: Global Warming Censored
Global warming crusader Al Gore repeatedly claims the climate change “debate’s over.” It isn’t, but the news media clearly agree with him. Global warming skeptics rarely get any say on the networks, and when their opinions are mentioned it is often with barbs like “cynics” or “deniers” thrown in to undermine them.Read the Full Report. Video from Fox & Friends here.
Consistently viewers are being sent only one message from ABC, CBS and NBC: global warming is an environmental catastrophe and it’s mankind’s fault. Skepticism is all but shut out of reports through several tactics – omission, name-calling, the hype of frightening images like polar bears scavenging for food near towns and a barrage of terrifying predictions.
The Business & Media Institute analyzed 205 network news stories about “global warming” or “climate change” between July 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2007. BMI found a meager 20 percent of stories even mentioned there were any alternative opinions to the so-called “consensus” on the issue.
• Disagreement Squashed: Global warming proponents overwhelmingly outnumbered those with dissenting opinions. On average for every skeptic there were nearly 13 proponents featured. ABC did a slightly better job with a 7-to-1 ratio, while CBS’s ratio was abysmal at nearly 38-to-1.
• Can I See Some ID?: Scientists made up only 15 percent of the global warming proponents shown. The remaining 85 percent included politicians, celebrities, other journalists and even ordinary men and women. There were more unidentified interview subjects used to support climate change hype than actual scientists (101 unidentified to just 71 scientists)
• What’s It Going to Cost?: All “solutions” have a price, but the cost of fighting global warming was something you rarely heard on the network news. Only 22 stories (11 percent) mentioned any cost of “fixing” global warming. On the rare occasion cost came up, it came from the lips of a skeptic like Kentucky state Rep. Jim Gooch (D), who said one climate change bill in Congress “would cost $6 trillion.”
• CBS the Worst: Journalist/global warming advocate Scott Pelley helped CBS be, by far, the worst network. Pelley argued in 2006 that he shouldn’t have to include skeptics in such stories because “If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?” In 2007, he helped ensure only four skeptics were included by CBS – and not a single one was a scientist. Compare that to the 151 people used by the network to promote global warming hysteria. The wildly one-sided outcome was not surprising given remarks by some of its other journalists. Harry Smith declared that “There is, in fact, global climate change” on the Aug. 7, 2007, “Early Show.”
• ABC the “Best”: Despite its over-the-top climate hypocrisy of jet-setting journalists around the world to cover climate change, ABC included more skepticism (36 percent) in its broadcasts than either NBC or CBS. Still, the network has plenty of work to do. Bill Weir made the outrageous claim during the Nov. 18, 2007, “Good Morning America” that “all these scientists” urge immediate action to stop global warming. Weather personality Sam Champion even referred to the most recent U.N. climate report as “unequivocal” and “definitive.
For more, check out BMI's previous report on the on the great Global Warming hoax: Fire & Ice.
Also, here are some telling media quotes about global warming:
“What’s your best advice to me and families like me who really want to be responsible and pay even more, but do the right thing because we know this is an issue?”
-- Ann Curry, NBC “Today” Jan. 31, 2008
“I’m on the prowl for victims, converts in our growing movement.”
-- Matt Lauer, NBC “Today” Jan. 25, 2008
“Like the warming scientists are seeing in Greenland and the North Pole, the prime suspect behind the melting at the South Pole is global warming. Manmade carbon dioxide and other gases trapping heat that may well be warming the waters in the coldest police on earth.”
-- Anne Thompson, NBC “Nightly News” Jan. 14, 2008
"Al Gore, sexy man. The thinking girl's thoroughbred."
-- Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, The Washington Post, Dec. 12, 2007
“The human race is doomed.”
-- Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone Nov. 1, 2007
“Public awareness [about global warming] lagged behind, partly because of a disinformation campaign funded by the fossil-fuel industry.”
-- Bill Blakemore, ABC “World News with Charles Gibson” Sept. 23, 2007
“There’s great concern about the impact of the melting ice on the wildlife in that area. For example, the loss of Arctic ice could mean the loss of the homeland for polar bears.”
-- Sam Champion, ABC “Good Morning America” Sept. 18, 2007
“Climate change could have global security implications on a par with nuclear war unless urgent action is taken, a report said on Wednesday.”
-- Jeremy Lovell, Reuters Sept. 12, 2007
“[G]lobal warming may hasten the destruction of some of the world’s most treasured buildings and heritage sites.”
-- Mark Phillips, CBS “Evening News” June 19, 2007
“Scientists say the world’s temperature will rise about two degrees in the next 50 years no matter what we do, but if we act now it might level off after that.”
-- Bill Blakemore, ABC “World News Sunday” April 1, 2007
"It's surreal to have pre-eminent scientists tell us very seriously that civilization as we know it is over ... The scale is unprecedented. It touches every aspect of life."
-- ABC News correspondent Bill Blakemore in the Summit Daily News, March 13, 2007
“Global warming is not coming; it is here.”
-- Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated March 8, 2007
“Consider the case closed on global warming.”
-- Bryan Walsh, Time magazine Feb. 19, 2007
"Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future."
-- Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe Feb. 9, 2007
“The top climate experts from all around the world, speaking with one voice, issued a blunt and bleak assessment today on global warning. There was no ambiguity in their words.”
-- Charles Gibson, ABC “World News” Feb. 2, 2007
“Do people here know that very likely in the next – well – several decades all of this is going to be under water?”
-- Harry Smith, CBS “Early Show” Feb. 1, 2007
"Never has good weather felt so bad. Never have flowers inspired so much fear. Never has the warm caress of a sunbeam seemed so ominous. The weather is sublime, it's glorious, it's the end of the world."
-- The Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2007
“So I’m running in the park Saturday in shorts thinking this is great but are we all gonna die?”
-- Meredith Vieira, NBC “Today” Jan. 7, 2007
Also, you may already know that John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, said global warming is "the greatest scam in history" last November.
He's now saying that Al Gore should be sued "to finally put some light on the fraud of global warming.” Video:
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