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Every year, the propagandists at the Heartland Institute hold a conference to spread the word that scientists are wrong about global warming. No surprise that the sponsors make up a list of the usual suspects. But one sponsor this year is a bit unusual. It's Hubbard Broadcasting, which operates 13 television stations, 31 radio stations and two cable channels in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois, Missouri, Washington, D.C., and Washington state.

The billionaire owner, Stanley Hubbard, has called global warming "the biggest fraud in the history of America," according to Rolling Stone. Dave Dahl, chief meteorologist at Hubbard's flagship station in Minneapolis, calls global warming a "political theory" adopted by scientists eager for grant money. Usually, corporate media do a bit better job of concealing their agenda by avoiding open sponsorship of disinformation specialists. So what's up?

At Media Matters, Shauna Theel writes:

Hubbard has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to political candidates (most of whom are Republicans) both individually and through his corporation. He supported former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who denies man-made climate change, in the 2012 Republican primary for president. He was a major funder of a now-defunct group founded by Newt Gingrich that promoted increased extraction of fossil fuels. Hubbard has also told the Koch brothers, billionaire Republican donors who made their fortune in the oil industry, that they can "count" on him and attended at least one strategy conference run by the Kochs.

Hubbard Broadcasting's flagship station, KSTP-TV, an ABC affiliate broadcasting on Channel 5 in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, has cast doubt on climate change by citing the Heartland Institute. In September 2013, the news station conveyed false balance by hosting Heartland Institute CEO Joseph Bast to cast doubt on findings from the "Intragovernmental [sic] Panel on Climate Change." KSTP did not give any background information about Bast, who claimed in the 1990s that smoking "in moderation has few, if any, adverse health effects." In 2008, KSTP reportedly aired a 10-minute video by the Heartland Institute titled "Unstoppable Solar Cycles" that espouses the long-debunked claim that recent climate change is being driven by changes in the sun. The station's chief meteorologist has also suggested that the sun, rather than human activities, is the primary driver of climate change.

At least one person who refused to go along with the fossil fools' charade, Lydia Kulbida, who was also pushing for unionization at WNYT television, was let go because she wouldn't toe the line of those who deny that human-caused climate change is happening.

Who knows whether Stan Hubbard is one of those deniers who does so out of aggressive ignorance or simply because he lines up with those who believe their profits depend on never-ending extraction and burning of fossil fuels and don't care about the damage this does. The denier camp is brimful of both kinds.

But, whether they're a recipient or a purveyor of scientifically illiterate disinformation, deniers are an endangered species. Because climate change isn't a fraud, isn't a liberal invention. It's happening. And, slow as the process may seem, it's going to kill off the dinosaur attitudes the deniers have employed for decades to block effective action to deal with the changes humans are causing to the atmosphere, oceans and the rest of our planet. Hubbard and Heartland and the fossil-fuel industry are losers. They just don't know it yet.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, DK GreenRoots, Climate Hawks, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Just One Denier, Net Worth > Tom Steyer (11+ / 0-)

    the world's only global warming billionaire genuine fighter.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 11:05:59 AM PDT

    •  Anyone remember hearing of Hubbard's Nazi stuff? (1+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc

      Back in the early to mid-eighties, one of the local alt-weeklies (I think it was the Twin Cities Reader) mentioned that one of the Stanley Hubbards of Hubbard Broadcasting infamy had quite the collection of Nazi memorabilia.

      Of course, this was al pre-internet, so it's nowhere to be found online.

      Visit http://theuptake.org/ for Minnesota news as it happens.

      by Phoenix Woman on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 04:01:28 PM PDT

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  •  sadly, Faux is not the only denier channel (12+ / 0-)
    Hubbard Broadcasting's flagship station, KSTP-TV, an ABC affiliate broadcasting on Channel 5 in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, has cast doubt on climate change by citing the Heartland Institute. In September 2013, the news station conveyed false balance by hosting Heartland Institute CEO Joseph Bast to cast doubt on findings from the "Intragovernmental [sic] Panel on Climate Change."

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 11:07:28 AM PDT

    •  In other words A Mickey Mouse outfit. nt (2+ / 0-)
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      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 02:22:34 PM PDT

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      •  the corporation formerly know as Capital Cities (2+ / 0-)
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        Capital City is a television series which focused on the professional and personal lives of a group of investment bankers working in the dealing room at Shane-Longman, a fictional international bank based in the City of London....

        "All of this would have been quite novel and exciting three years ago, but the world has turned, the market has crashed and we have all seen enough of other people's Porsches to last a lifetime... City hustlers do not look very heroic any more, just extravagantly paid."

        Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

        by annieli on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 02:43:13 PM PDT

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  •  Can't find the cable channel in DC that is (9+ / 0-)

    owned by Hubbard Broadcasting. His radio station WTOP in the metropolitan area is heard by lots and lots of people.

    We know a hell of a lot, but we understand very little. Manfred Max-Neef

    by mimi on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 11:21:38 AM PDT

    •  Try Wikipedia (0+ / 0-)

      Hubbard Broadcasting

      I see a long list of both AM & FM radio stations in and around the DC area, but not TV stations (unless the Wiki article needs an update because it's a recent acquisition?).

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 05:33:47 PM PDT

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  •  List of Hubbard TV/Radio stations: (8+ / 0-)

    TV:

    Radio:

    Hubbard's core regions for TV seem to be the Upper Midwest, followed by NM-West TX and upstate NY.

    I suggest contacting these stations that are in your area, and give them an earful.

  •  A list of Hubbard's radio stations (11+ / 0-)

    Chicago area

    WDRV 97.1 FM & WWDV 96.9 FM

    WILV 100.3 FM

    WTMX 101.9 FM

    Washington DC area

    WFED 1500, 107.7 HD2 & 103.9 HD2

    WTOP 103.5 FM & 103.9 FM & 107.7 FM & 1050 AM

    Seattle area

    KQMV 92.5 FM

    KLCK-FM 98.9

    KRWM 106.9 FM

    KIXI 880 AM

    KKNW 1150 AM

    Phoenix area

    KUPD 97.9 FM

    KDKB 93.3 FM

    KSLX 100.7 FM

    KDUS 1060 AM

    Minneapolis-St. Paul area

    KSTP 94.5 FM

    KSTP 1500 AM

    KTMY 107.1 FM

    KAZG 1440 AM

    St. Louis area

    WARH 106.5 FM

    WIL 92.3 FM

    WXOS 101.1 FM

    Cincinnati area

    WKRQ 101.9 FM

    WREW 94.9 FM

    WUBE 105.1 FM

    WYGY 97.3 FM

    94.9 HD-2 FM

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 11:44:33 AM PDT

  •  New post (6+ / 0-)

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 01:03:38 PM PDT

  •  Both kinds, one kind we Dems, to start with.. (6+ / 0-)

    ..is ripe for man made pollution caused climate change denier de-programming:

    Who knows whether Stan Hubbard is one of those deniers who does so out of aggressive ignorance - or - simply because he lines up with those who believe their profits depend on never-ending extraction and burning of fossil fuels and don't care about the damage this does. The denier camp is brimful of both kinds.

     - emphasis added

    ..though perhaps the aggression of the deniers could indicate their being truly ignorant of climate change and the many issues surrounding this man made phenomenon less believable or more likely, that the polluters propaganda has worked, it nevertheless  still means that disinformation was key to that attitude which makes those groups fertile ground for changing minds through solid science based information.

    And the polluting extraction industries know this weak point in their narrative and campaign of denial real well I'll bet.

    Maybe many of those ignorant via disinformation are not equally ignorant of the multi million year history of dinosaurs and know that the story of dinosaur riding flat earther RWNJ tales to be nothing but fundie BS..

    And, slow as the process may seem, it's going to kill off the dinosaur attitudes the deniers have employed for decades to block effective action to deal with the changes humans are causing to the atmosphere, oceans and the rest of our planet.

     - emphasis addded

    ..so using the language of dinosaurs and endanger species is perfect.

    Tying Global warming denialism into the flat earth dinosaur riding idiocy is a very good thing - imo

    Thx MB

    P.S. the other half, the greed half is mostly the 1%ers extractors, a tiny minority. We take the ignorant half away from the 1%er  extractors and they stand exposed, outnumbered and alone

  •  Beautiful image (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades, Eric Nelson, NonnyO, KenBee

    As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Land Grant, I'm reminded of the importance of protecting places we may personally never visit. The coastline you save may be your own.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 02:46:35 PM PDT

  •  And now some good news (3+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, freerad, Eric Nelson

      TX GOP gov. wannabee has not lost 1 but 2 recent whistleblower cases - yep, these folks were fired and lawsuits filed...and now won....Abbott is whining.

    http://www.texastribune.org/...

  •  Global Warming is an existential threat for (4+ / 0-)

    humanity and we are allowing the energy thieves to steal our very lives away. When is this going to stop?

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 02:54:54 PM PDT

  •  Hubbard is a Koch crony. (7+ / 0-)

    Remember when the attendee lists to the Koch annual shindig were made public? The Hubbards were on those. I also believe/suspect the Hubbards to be behind a few other MN groups like Minnesota Majority.

  •  Minnesota: One Big Lake (1+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO

    I suppose if I were a billionaire in Minnesota I might think of climate change as "nowhere to go but up!"

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 03:06:46 PM PDT

  •  Years of Living Dangerously on Showtime (3+ / 0-)

    has really done a great job with the issue.  One of the final episodes of Season 1 dealt with Heartland Institute and their main Lobbyist, James Taylor.  He's a lawyer who also claims to be a scientist because he took and passed a few college classes in physics or chemistry.  A total sham and I don't know how he could look at himself in the mirror each morning.  I highly recommend the series on Showtime.  Hopefully, it will get released on Netflix and reach a wider audience.  I think the show should be shown in schools.  It also gives me hope, that as bad as the problem of Climate Change is, there are a lot of things happening that are helping to make a difference.  Say what you will about Arnold Scwharzenegger, but he was an executive producer and had a segment in one of the earlier episodes.

    "Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself; to become what he potentially is." -Erich Fromm

    by nspguy on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 03:15:28 PM PDT

    •  Completely agree with showing YoLoD in... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...schools.

      Unfortunately, James Taylor was successful in Ohio. I don't know if making the lawmakers there watch YoLoD would have made a difference, but it couldn't have hurt.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 03:41:45 PM PDT

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  •  I've said this before, but it bears repeating as (5+ / 0-)

    long as that idiot meme about "liberal fraud" is still alive:

    This isn't just a 'debate' between the overwhelming majority of climate scientists and some f_cktartds with fossil-fuel skin in the game.  The organizations in charge of healthcare, the military, insurance planning--also transportation, energy, any kind of civilization infrastructure you could name--not just in the US but AROUND THE WORLD--they all listen to the climate science now and plan accordingly.  All at the cost of billions (trillions?) of $$ that they would generally prefer to spend on other priorities, except they know they can't.  These are organizations that, on the whole, couldn't give a flying eff about some debate between Fox and MSNBC viewers.  Anyone who really wants to maintain that all these international organizations, in charge of real-world decisions, are in on a vast conspiracy so that some climate scientists can get a little more grant money--well, that is in pure tinfoil country.

  •  Say for instance, we're wrong? (1+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO

    What would be the worst possible outcome of reducing carbon emissions and other pollution? Financial collapse? I doubt it.

    On the other hand, what if (humor me) the deniers are wrong? What's the worst that can happen? Probably a bit worse I'm guessing.

    Then again, with severe overpopulation it's like a time lapse of maggots eating a carcass around here anyway, so whatevs, but I'd err on the side of caution, and well, science.

    •  *** (2+ / 0-)
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      Then again, with severe overpopulation it's like a time lapse of maggots eating a carcass around here anyway, so whatevs, but I'd err on the side of caution, and well, science.
      Overpopulation is the over-riding cause of global warming and/or change.  This is why women need to be in charge of their own bodies and use birth control (including tubal ligation once she's had one or two children, including zero children if that's her preference), and men need to have vasectomies.

      I'm from the generation that first had The Pill, and back when I was a young woman of child-bearing age a great many of us supported ZPG = Zero Population Growth, or having no more than two children.

      Back then US religious "leaders" were all in a f##king dither about China's one-child policy (which included birth control AND abortion), but US religious "leaders" never could think beyond the end of their little dicks so they never saw the long-term consequences of being unable to feed a huge population and how that would lead to world-wide starvation (especially if floods or droughts wiped out food crops because man-made climate change affected growing crops..., even as GMOs fiddled with food supplies and pesticides which carry their own dangers).

      I see climate change (or global warming or whatever the PC term is today) as a human-caused problem... which means humans can fix part of the problem since overpopulation + things we do is the cause of this whole mess.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 06:13:20 PM PDT

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      •  Agree. In the early seventies, overpopulation was (1+ / 0-)
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        NonnyO

        a major "cover of Time & Newsweek" issue. Paul Erlich's 1968 book "The Population Bomb" got the conversation going, but mass starvation failed to materialize because we were pouring gigatons of fossil energy into food production.

        By the end of the decade, discussion of ZPG had become taboo and the U.S. press full of horror stories about China's "draconian" one-child-per-family policy.

        I attribute this to the ascent of the Religious Right. Evangelical churches swelled in the Seventies as white families pulled their children out of integrated public schools and put them into "Christian academies".

        Their view on family size and contraception was motivated by patriarchal bias, and a institutional desire "increase the flock" (and to out-breed the Catholics and Muslims). They were certain that Judgement day would arrive long before we ran out of arable land and water, and they were gaining political clout in the Republican Party.

        When the 'Pubs took the Senate in '80, the conversation shifted from overpopulation to cutting family-planning programs out of America's foreign aid programs.

        When the the 'Pubs took the House in '94 they started arguing against condom distribution in Africa to stop AIDS!

        Zero Population Growth is still considered an "affront" to personal liberty among the devout... and it's still a taboo subject.

        “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
        he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

        by jjohnjj on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 11:02:08 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, agreed; you are correct: (0+ / 0-)
          I attribute this to the ascent of the Religious Right.
          As the decades roll on and on, I have been dismayed and horrified by the patriarchal claptrap (often using religious phraseology) spewed on the floors of both houses of Congress and in state congresses against women..., and the eating away of personal autonomy for women regarding their personal reproductive choices.

          It's revolting.

          Add to that the very unconstitutional and illegal 'office of faith-based initiatives' created by Dumbya (one of his first executive orders in his first term after he was appointed by SCOTUS), and Obama's summer '08 announcement (three days after he voted in favor of the FISA '08 law that retroactively excused telecoms for breaking the law) that he would not only increase funding for the 'office of faith-based initiatives,' but expand it.  NOT a brilliant move for a man who was allegedly a con law prof and should know just how unconstitutional it is to mix religion and government.  This way the reichwingnuts get free reign to buy off legislators and to write legislation Cretinous Congress Critters will pass... which will further encroach on women's reproductive choices.

          As an old woman who knows how hard it was for women pre-birth control and pre-safe-abortion days were, it makes me weep in frustration to look at young women who are clueless about what government is doing.  They still think they'll always be able to take birth control or get an abortion..., but if things keep going at this accelerated rate, they'll wake up sadder but wiser and ignorant of how to change things.  And..., they'll be taught women like the one who has birthed some 19-20 children are heroines for essentially being brood mares.

          The long and short of it is that this is the way our earth becomes over-populated and strains resources ... and then what happens when we can't feed that many because corporations control the seeds that grow the grains and veggies...?  Not to mention the fact that very few who live in cities would even know how to grow a garden if they had nice, ordinary seeds that haven't been tampered with by Monsanto and corporations like them.

          Ugh.  Talk about vicious cycles....

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:44:37 AM PDT

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  •  I don't think you'll find many scientists... (0+ / 0-)

    ...  who deny that the sun IS the primary influence on Earth's climate.  Fluctuations in solar output can have a significant effect. What the climate change deniers ignore is that lower-than-expected solar activity over the past 25 years is the believed to be the primary reason that temperature increases have slowed during that period. That's why the predictions for greater increases didn't pan out. But once the sun picks up again - as most solar scientists think it inevitably will - temps will start climbing again, and quite possibly making up for lost time.

  •  Stanly Effin Hubbard is still kicking? (0+ / 0-)

    Gawd, he was a fossil when I lived in MN 30 yrs ago! Please, die, Stanley. Sooner rather than later. And Dave Dahl is riding that gravy train to hell too? Yeesh, what an awful station KSTP was, and is.

  •  every advertiser on those stations deserves rush- (2+ / 0-)
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    boycott style treatment

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 05:08:31 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the very informative diary. As a lif... (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the very informative diary. As a lifelong Minnesotan, I am disgusted to hear about Dave Dahl's climate denialism. He is a well known meteorologist here. I'm just grateful that I don't ever watch that channel for news or anything else. I'm going to have to research this further to know what other things to avoid.

  •  Praise to you, MB (0+ / 0-)

    You actually know it's "toe the line," not "tow the line."  I can't believe how many ignoramuses use "tow."

    Please say you also know the difference between "free reign" and "free rein."

    •  Free reign is what Charles I lost his... (1+ / 0-)
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      willyr

      ..head over. And tow the line is what the Volga Boatmen do.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 02:12:25 PM PDT

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