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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Broken Journalism

CNN reporter Miles O'Brien continued his Broken Government series tonight with a stunning analysis of the Bush Administration's opposition to the mainstream view of global warming and his network's complete acceptance of the warming theory despite the strength of the opposing arguments. It is clear from O'Brien's perspective that any opposition to global warming is fanned by the oil and gas companies and anyone who disagrees is part of the problem rather than part of the solution. In this episode he clearly places the blame for America's reluctance to embrace the theory on President Bush and Vice President Cheney and their "friends" in the oil industry. He trumpets Nasa's Jim Hansen's 20-yeaar old declaration that the ice pack is melting, but fails to note that currently it is thickening. He accepts the idea that the Earth's temperature is increasing, but ignores that currently it is dropping. He lauds Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, despite the fact that an English Judge has ruled that any showing of the film must be accompanied by a correction of the errors in the film presented as truth when they are merely conjecture and factually incorrect. He accuses the Bush Administration of trying to silence government scientists who believe global warming theory as if not believing in warming was itself an unforgivable offense. O'Brien is no better than those he criticizes. His mind is totally closed to any idea opposing global warming. It would not surprise me if he used Al Gore's "green" light bulbs. You know the ones that have mercury in them. It also wouldn't surprise me if he buys "carbon credits." If Bush and Cheney are tools of the oil industry, then certainly O'Brien and CNN are tools of the environmental movement. A movement whose goal is to make all the people of the world equally poor, and to prevent the forward movement of the human race. Wake up America or you'll be limited to reading in daylight.