Monday, March 20, 2006

Top ten biggest problems....

1. Global Warming
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Anthony Lappé is GNN's Executive Editor. He's written for The New York Times, Details, New York, Paper, The Fader and Vice, among many others. He has worked as a producer for MTV, Fuse and WTN. He is the co-author of GNN's True Lies and the producer of their Iraq doc, BattleGround.

Anyone see the extremely well-reported and thoroughly scary segment on global warming on 60 Minutes this Sunday? It didn’t break too much ground on the subject. But what was amazing was the report featured no comments from or even a passing reference to the global warmning skeptics. What’s even more interesting is my sources at 60 Minutes tell me the correspondent, Scott Pelley, is known as politically conservative.

Pelley responds to complaints about the segment on CBS News’ PublicEye blog here:

“There is virtually no disagreement in the scientific community any longer about global warming,” he says. “The science that has been done in the last three to five years has been conclusive. We talked to the chairman of the National Academy of Scientists, Ralph Cicerone. Jim Hansen at NASA, who’s considered the world’s leading expert in climate change. The people in the story, who are well respected in the field. There’s just no longer any credible evidence that suggests that, a, the earth is not warming or, b, that greenhouse gasses are not the cause. What you do see in the data again and again and again is this almost lockstep increase between the levels of CO2 and the rise of temperature in the atmosphere. And the climate models that predicted these things happening 15 years ago have proven to be accurate.”

“It would be irresponsible of us to go find some scientist somewhere who is not thought of as being eminent in the field and put him on television with these other guys to cast doubt on what they’re saying,” he continues. “It would be difficult to find a scientist worth his salt in this subject who would suggest this wasn’t happening. It would probably be someone whose grant has been funded by someone who finds reducing fossil fuel emissions detrimental to their own interests.”

This should be a case study in responsible journalism. The job of journalists is not to just repeat two sides of every story, it’s to try to figure which side is full of shit, and which isn’t.
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