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I was at the gym this morning and I saw on CNN a promotional interview (read: pimping) of Glenn Beck's special on Global Warming.

It was very clear from the interview and CNN's promotional (read: pimping) ticker on the bottom of the screen that Glenn Beck intends to argue that there are two sides to the debate (each one having equal weight to start) and that global warming is overblown and is nothing more than a fear campaign initiated by environmental activists and spread by Al Gore.

It doesn't bother me that Glenn Beck, as a right wing political commentator, chooses to take the oil and gas lobby's view on global warming. He doesn't appear to be sophisticated enough to understand science or to believe that there are unassailable facts which can't be denied by mere tv spin.

What bothers me is that CNN, a global news network, was promoting an idea which is a falsehood:  that there is no consensus on global warming and that it is a 'theory' which can be refuted. One can't refute the basic tenets of climate change any more than one can refute that 1 + 1 = 2.  

It's time to write to CNN and demand that they not play loose with scientific facts.  

Originally posted to khyber900 on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:40 PM PDT.

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  •  It's not Anti-Global Warming (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, KenBee, MaskedKat

    I'M Anti-global warming.  His crap is anti-Science.

    The Cubs WILL win the World Series in '07. I'm not saying which century, though.

    by nightsweat on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:34:27 PM PDT

  •  I wonder if they'd air my (10+ / 0-)

    Round Earth? You Decide show.

  •  They are promoting it online as well (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, Jdellaro

    I've seen ad banners on a number of websites.

    It's disgusting.

  •  It is the Cable NEWS Network we're talking about. (1+ / 0-)
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    kathy in virginia

    News should be fact-based.  When facts are demonstrated by scientific method, they don't require -- nor should they receive -- the obligatory "balance" provided by American news methodology unless that balance is scientifically reproducable.

    As such, CNN is violating its trademark.  I think they're vulnerable to false advertising charges.

    "No man should have to clean up after another man's dog." --President Gerald R. Ford

    by Mogolori on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:47:48 PM PDT

  •  Some People Say (5+ / 0-)

    That the moon is a natural satellite that orbits around the earth.  Other people say that the moon is made of cheese.

    Middle Class Mother-F!cking Warrior

    by bink on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:48:57 PM PDT

  •  They hate Al Gore (3+ / 0-)
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    hermitcrab, KenBee, hypersphere01

    That's what it's about.

    There are no two sides to the story.

  •  Havn't seem him, too loudmouth for me (0+ / 1-)
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    jniola

    But I don't buy the GW hype. What science would this be? The science that predicted global cooling in the 70's or the science that just rediscovered El Niño in the 80s or the science that can't tell me what the weather will be next week.

    Let’s say the earth is warming, how do you know what the cause is?
    How do you know it is not part of some cycle? The earth warmed, cooled, and warmed several times without human existence, so it can happen. How do you know it is not giant alge blooms in the ocean, volcanos, earthquakes, cows, population growth, pigs,forrest fires, or anthing else that creates energy to make co2.

    Lastly, I just can't put too much credit into any cause that celebrities support. It just seems superficial. Let’s see the science, lets see the peer review, lets see all opinions, lets see Sheryl Crow and Al Gore STFU and let the scientists speak.
     

    •  With all due respect (4+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, trashablanca, KenBee, aebudde

      Sheryl Crow, Laurie David, Al Gore, et al., get 100% of their information from legitimate scientists, some the leading scientists in their fields. If you look up the background of ANY scientist who disagrees with global warming, you will find ties to big oil. So far, I haven't found one that doesn't. Al Gore, btw, spent 25 years working on the issue. He's not just some "celebrity" hawking it. Did you even see his movie? Have you even read the 100's of actual reports FROM scientists? You have to look for them. Our shitty MSM surely isn't going to hand them to you. Our MSM is GLENN BECK and his retarded, propaganda-spewing bigotted ilk.

      "We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems." -- Margaret Mead

      by flashlass on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:56:40 PM PDT

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    •  Okay (3+ / 0-)
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      trashablanca, KenBee, aebudde

      I just can't put too much credit into any cause that celebrities support.

      So it's the people carrying the message that bothers you, not the actual message itself?

    •  That global warming exists is beyond question (4+ / 0-)

      Even the U.S. Navy agrees, and has been working on how to exploit the soon-to-be navigable trans-polar sea lanes for over 6 years.
      Naval Operations in the Ice-Free Artic Symposium (2001) (70-page pdf)

      The only question, if there is any question, is whether a primary cause of global warming is human activity.  The overwhelming majority of scientific opinion is that that issue is no longer a question.

    •  yes, the exact same science (3+ / 0-)

      you people are all the same.  do some research.  global cooling was discovered after global warming in the 70's.  they are part of the same effect.  more people would know that if there wasn't a campaign by big business to keep people stupid.

      just letting you know.  

      also, don't troll rate his comment, if you want him to be able to read your responses..

      Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating. --Brazil (1985)

      by hypersphere01 on Wed May 02, 2007 at 01:30:16 PM PDT

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    •  You are going to have to open your eyes (0+ / 0-)

      and your mind before you can even evalutate peer reviews.  Hows about you scurry off now and read the research because it looks like you haven't read any of the positions to form an opinion.

      Probably be good advise not to be telling anyone to STFU and get busy enrolling in seminars in which the scientists are speaking.

      PaintyKat

      WWYTR? "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend" MLK

      by PaintyKat on Wed May 02, 2007 at 10:55:44 PM PDT

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  •  Hmmmm... won't CNN look stupid (3+ / 0-)

    Now that THIS story has come out?

    Arctic ice cap melting 30 years ahead of forecast:

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Arctic ice cap is melting much faster than expected and is now about 30 years ahead of predictions made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.S. ice expert said on Tuesday.

    This means the ocean at the top of the world could be free or nearly free of summer ice by 2020, three decades sooner than the global panel's gloomiest forecast of 2050.

    No ice on the Arctic Ocean during summer would be a major spur to global warming, said Ted Scambos, a glaciologist at the National Snow and Ice Center in Colorado.

    "Right now ... the Arctic helps keep the Earth cool," Scambos said in a telephone interview. "Without that Arctic ice, or with much less of it, the Earth will warm much faster."

    "We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems." -- Margaret Mead

    by flashlass on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:53:56 PM PDT

    •  Let's hope that Commander Guy (2+ / 0-)
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      doesn't read that story.

      Asked what could fix the problem -- the topic of a new report by the intergovernmental panel to be released on Friday in Bangkok -- Scambos said a large volcanic eruption might hold Arctic ice melting at bay for a few years.

      What else would spew a large, sunlight-blocking cloud of debris into the atmosphere?

      I know, we'll stop Iran's attempt to develop nukes, get more oil, and fix global warming, all in one.  </snark>

  •  I hate Glenn Beck (5+ / 0-)

    and the rest of the avid disinformation propagandists.  They do such a disservice to America.

    I live in the heart of Texas, and yes, I am surrounded by the dread "28 percenters" - mind you, there are lots of folks around here that do NOT support Bush's war and would like the troops to come home, but there are many folks that, pleasant though they are, and kind and generous too...these kind and trusting folk actually WATCH morons like Glenn  Beck and believe what he says is truthful ("Well, I saw it on the Tee Vee! It must be true!")

    Oh dear.

    Lots of these folks have busy lives, lots of activities in which they are very actively involved...they don't have the time to research, blog, get multiple sources or opinions...they either are entertained while getting "the news" (argghh - the lure of infotainment") or they watch the news while doing somethining else.  And what gets through?  The Sensationistic Morons like Beck.

    I despise that man and his enablers at CNN.  That network is pure garbage these days. I am sorry that they have an audience at all.  They prey on the trusting and unsuspecting. There are lots of relatively intelligent people that just TRUST CNN.  And they are being so horribly misinformed.  Doesn't anyone at CNN have a shred of decency, or a feeling of responsibility to the public?

    ...end of rant....

    •  That would be (4+ / 0-)

      a big "no." I saw this coming years ago when Paula Zahn interviewed that Prof. Churchill guy and went ballistic, put words in his mouth and was all opinionated. That's not how a "reporter" is supposed to behave. When they do that, you know you have propaganda. I wanted to hear what Churchill had to say about his "little Goebels" comment but it was lost in Paula Zahn's idiot translation.

      "We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems." -- Margaret Mead

      by flashlass on Wed May 02, 2007 at 12:59:18 PM PDT

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  •  He's another Lou Dobbs (1+ / 0-)
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    hypersphere01

    In my opinion, the blowhard Dobbs is given a primetime slot to give the impression that average Americans have a voice, as well as those worried about illegal immigration. In fact, the purpose of his show is to allow anger to be vented without any consequences. He's a corporate stooge. So is Beck.
    The only other possibility is that Dobbs is nuts, but I don't think so.

  •  Last ditch effort for ratings (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, hypersphere01

    This is just a pathetic attempt to bolster those basement dwelling ratings of his.  They know global warming is a rather hot topic currently(no pun intended!) so they figure they can cash in on some idiot spewing about what a fraud it is.

    The funny thing is, I bet more people who disagree with Beck will watch his show rather than his regular audience.

  •  sick of this shit - and my crazy cousins (1+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue

    I've got myself a crazy right wing cousin (this is news to me...was out of touch for years...and he turned up in this hideous guise).  He seems to have a penchant for frequently sending politically-related emails to long lists of bcc's.  And his politics are just awful.

    His hero is Glenn Fucking Beck.  I pop open my Inbox and get piles of emails from this wart that I am somehow related to with parrotings of GBeck rants and links to his crap.

    Then 3 days ago came into my Inbox the linked flyer for this CNN garbage from Cousin's wife.

    They've got the whole line:  Concerned responsible Americans need to educate others about the "other side" [sic...really sic] of the global warming debate, about how the science is distorted and hucksters (like Al Gore, villain) are making scads of money off this charade by somehow taking advantage of ignorant Americans cruelly duped by this fake science, etc.

    I've had it.  I told the cousins (after a few weeks of fruitlessly trying to bring his addled illogical brain from the dark side) to cut the crap on their emails and leave me out.  I sent them this website [www.fixedearth.com], hoping the extremism of the moronism would break their idiocy (no luck).

    What do we do with this logicless movement?  I'm out of ideas...

    •  they are running out of steam (0+ / 0-)

      the hot air from their asses isn't that hot anymore..  

      global cooling and global warming were discovered in the 70's.  they are part of the same process.

      Beck and the ppl who like him, are just ignorant.  Don't believe what somebody else tells you.  Open a book, do some experiments.  

      Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating. --Brazil (1985)

      by hypersphere01 on Wed May 02, 2007 at 01:36:14 PM PDT

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  •  Shell Oil President quote (4+ / 0-)

    Shell President Confirms the Consensus
    28 Nov 06
    "When 90-plus percent of the world's leading figures believe that greenhouse gases have impacted the climate of the Earth, who is Shell to say 'Let's debate the science.' "

    John Hofmeister , President of Shell Oil Co.

    Wonder if the talk show celebrity who has no formal science training of any kind will mention this.

    Oh that we had the gift to see ourselves as others see us. Robbie Burns

    by ohcanada on Wed May 02, 2007 at 01:01:42 PM PDT

  •  Somebody get the memo to Cockburn at the Nation (0+ / 0-)
  •  I hate the term "Global Warming" (1+ / 0-)
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    kathy in virginia

    It's too simplistic. I find the phrase "Climate Change due to Human Activity".

    I don't think that we know what the changes will be. Some places will become wetter, others drier. Some places may even be colder. (I don't really know that much about the subject.) The earth will be adversely affected by mankind's actions unless we start making changes now, of that I am sure.

    There was a LTE in the paper last summer from some duffer that went something like this:

    "The day I was wed in 1948, it was 97 degrees. The same day in 2006 it was only 81. So there, nah!"

    Obviously, there will always be temperature extremes, and a person can't actually see the subtle changes.

  •  Research and Bios on Beck's "experts" (1+ / 0-)
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    KenBee

    I've posted some bios and research on the oil-funded "experts"that Beck had on his circus tonight. Check them out, I think they'll be useful in theblog "wars" that always ensue.

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