“The judge identified nine aspects of An Inconvenient Truth, nine core errors, where Al Gore either misstated the IPCC or prejudicially exaggerated what they found.” John Day is the lawyer for a British parent who sued the British Department
of Education when they tried to distribute An Inconvenient Truth to schools.
Cracks In The Environmental Facade
Written by K. Daniel Glover   
Thursday, 15 October 2009 13:01

gore-screen7Al Gore is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to exposing the true cost of global warming hysteria. Every time he opens his mouth, which isn't often unless it's in a scripted moment before a friendly audience, the cracks in the environmental facade become more obvious.

That's what has happened since Phelim's encounter with Gore at the Society of Environmental Journalists' conference in Wisconsin on Friday. Gore dodged Phelim's question about the errors in An Inconvenient Truth, and Gore's SEJ allies cut Phelim's microphone.

The end result is that millions of people have seen, on television and the Internet, how green elites like Gore waffle and hide when asked inconvenient questions about their beliefs.

Phelim made appearances on "Lou Dobbs Tonight," "Your World" with Neil Cavuto, and "Fox & Friends." Fox News talkers Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly also covered the story, and Dobbs' team did a news segment in addition to hosting the on-air debate between Phelim and Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund. A couple of nights after O'Reilly first addressed the topic, he asked Dennis Miller to comment.

The MacIver Institute for Public Policy produced a video report at the conference, and The Drudge Report linked to it. Nearly 350,000 people combined have watched that video and the one produced by the Not Evil Just Wrong team.

Major newspapers and blogs -- from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times to Instapundit and The Huffington Post -- realized that it's newsworthy when a former vice president and Nobel Prize winner dodges questions and spins the truth about a court ruling against his film. They also recognized the hypocrisy of journalists shielding one of their own from a politician.

Baltimore Sun environment reporter Tim Wheeler defended his role in silencing Phelim in two different forums -- the SEJ blog and his own blog, B'More Green (no bias there, eh?). Readers chastised Wheeler in both places.

One reader said Phelim's question was "a nice change compared to the hall pass environmental journalists have given Gore. I applaud McAleer for showing the debate on matters of science is never over and in Gore's case has never begun."

"Journalists press for answers," another said to Wheeler. "You are not a journalist. You are an Al Gore fan boy, dedicated to his cause."

The Columbia Journalism Review's hit piece on Phelim was the real gem, though. Written by SEJ member Curtis Brainard, the article laughably dismissed the errors in Gore's movie as "minor" but included a major error of its own. Brainard got Phelim's name wrong, calling him Philip.

Maybe Gore should get Brainard to work on his next work of fiction. Then the two of them can share the Nobel Prize.

Here's a recap of other coverage of Not Evil Just Wrong from the past several days:

Phelim on "Lou Dobbs Tonight": "The climate models ... that say we're all going to die by 2050 missed this cooling period. In fact, if it cools much longer, it will be cooling longer than it warmed."
(Climate Depot has a transcript of the debate)

Phelim on Neil Cavuto's "Your World": "Environmental journalists unfortunately tend to be environmentalists rather than journalists. They have never found an environmental organization that's ever exaggerated, that's ever told a lie."

Other video:
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Phelim's op-ed in Investor's Business Daily: "[I]t is now time for journalists, and the consumers and businesses that will pay the ultimate price, to start questioning the conventional wisdom about global warming and exposing its true cost. If alarmists like Al Gore get their way, millions of American families will watch as their dreams of a prosperous and pleasant future disappear."

The Wall Street Journal: "Mr. Gore didn't answer Mr. McAleer's question and was wrong on the facts. The British court found that An Inconvenient Truth 'is a political film' riddled with scientific errors. ... As for polar bears, Mr. McAleer was correct: Surveys show their numbers are increasing."

The Washington Times: "Mr. McAleer and Ms. McElhinney are part of a new breed of guerrilla documentarians across the political spectrum. Taking advantage of cheaper, more accessible video-production technology and innovative, Internet-based direct marketing and distribution techniques, they are assembling new audiences for their films from the ground up."

Other mentions:
The Examiner
Daily Telegraph
Canada Free Press
Human Events
San Francisco Chronicle
The Badger Herald
The Stanford Daily

Blogs and online publications
: "Gore's answers to McAleer's challenges are so disingenuous that they deserve their own Oscar for dissembling."

American Thinker: "[T]he Society of Environmental Journalists ... cut off the microphone McAleer was using to grill Gore. This cowardly move was in keeping with the SEJ's quest to push their anthropogenic agenda. McAleer is what they term a 'skeptic' who needs to be marginalized."

Huffington Post - This article generated nearly 3,400 comments, many of them challenging the view that man is causing Earth to warm.

Althouse: "'Treat Big Environment the way you treat Big Business,' McAleer advises journalists. Why are environmental journalists protecting the politician and not asking probing questions?"

Maggie's Notebook: "I thank ... McAleer and everyone trying to tamp down the extremist views of Gore. Maybe common-sense environmentalism can turn into a tea party of sorts, town halls, etc. I'll be looking for McAleer's work and ordering the DVDs."

Other mentions:
Big Hollywood
Power Line
Planet Gore (more coverage here, here, here and here)
RedState (cross-posted to Moe Lane)
Red County (plus a podcast interview with Phelim)
Freedom's Wings (plus a radio appearance on BlogTalkRadio)
Americans for Tax Reform
AmSpecBlog (more coverage here)
Anomaly Television

Berman Post
Black Bear Blog
Brutally Honest
Chicago Bungalow
Climate Progress
The Conservative Edge
Current Green
Democratic Underground
Digital Journal
Entertainment Weekly

The Final Redoubt

Fire Andrea Mitchell
A Free Man, Thinking Freely
Government Mess
I Hate The Media
Infidels Paradise
Irons in the Fire
Harmony Central

Liberal Guy

The Lonely Conservative
NH Watchdog
On Target
Opinion Times
The Peach Report
Prison Planet
Pro Life Blogs
News Post

Religio-Political Talk Blog

Remixx World
Say Anything
Tiger Hawk
Wise Politics
World Boxx
22 Moon

Film review
The Washington Independent: The slick documentary, by turns sardonic and grim, could do for opponents of the green movement what No End In Sight did for Iraq war opponents or -- ideally -- what Gore's An Inconvenient Truth did for McAleer's foes."

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the sheer stupidity of conservatives is quite stunning, Low-rated comment [Show]

Art Marsh said:

I find the following quite interesting: David says "the sheer stupidity of conservatives is quite stunning" and then states "the political party of George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and this fool has identified itself as the political party of ignorant, uneducated, ill-informed, easily manipulated, scientifically illiterate fools." He really should have proof-read his piece, because the typo in his next sentence makes him look foolish, when he says "Thank God that you are your kind are a politically irrelevant extremist minority." Ok, he meant to say "you and your kind..." and flubbed it up, but still, those of us who were just referred to as “ignorant”, “uneducated”, and “ill-informed” got a pretty good laugh out of it. David also referred to us as “easily manipulated, scientifically illiterate fools.” Poor David does not realize that he is the one who is being manipulated easily and is in fact a scientifically illiterate fool himself. Moreover, David is a sheep, lacking original thought and simply following his sheep-friends as they all graze happily on tofu and ponder the blessings of socialism and their own intelligence. Get a life, Davey. Put down the Marx and get a real book. Maybe pick up Plato’s “Republic” or John Locke’s “Two Treatises of Government” and learn something new. Step out of your box, buddy. Live a little.
October 16, 2009
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Boo hoo hoo, Art Marsh, Low-rated comment [Show]

Chris said:

Funny that you have supposedly read actual books written by authentic scientists on the topic and you have still got it all wrong. Maybe you should re-read them? But why do so when you have Al Gore to tell you what to think.
October 16, 2009
Votes: +5
Chris Doesn't Know Anything About Science, Low-rated comment [Show]

Chris said:

Is that now the standard response from the socialist manifesto these days? Who said anything about the oil and coal industry? What do they have to do with actual science? Global warming is a myth, just like global cooling was in the 1970s. Of course it's making socialists/environmentalists rich as hell on the lkunch circuit so why let facts get in the way? You guys can "NEVER" and will "NEVER" get it right. If you want to keep riding your tricycle to whatever you do day by day that's fine. I'll take the train and occasionally drive my fuel efficient Honda to work so I can keep supporting you. Deal?
October 16, 2009
Votes: +5
Chris is an Ignorant Dupe, Low-rated comment [Show]

Jack said:

When you can't argue facts...
David makes assertions he does not support, then resorts to ad hominem attacks. This is the sort of behavior typical of fanatics of all stripes: do not debate the facts, just make unfounded claims and then call names. By the very nature of his argument, he invalidates his own position.
October 16, 2009
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Mike B. said:

Hey Dave, put down your liberal playbook and kindly look at a few facts.
Fact#1, There is no concrete science that confirms either Global Warming, Climate Change, or mankinds role in it. There has been much theory and conjecture but as liberals like to say this is a consensus amongst scientists. For starters ask any scientist if they base their opinions on "consensus". Science deals in facts, and there are no facts that prove your indoctrinated view. Sure, there were many scientists who jumped on the band wagon, especialy when governments are funding their research. Hey, just make an alarmist claim and then government will funnel even more money to you. You don't bite the hand that feeds you, and if you can stand to get an ever bigger reward then you take it. That's human nature, if not a exaple of greed.

You seem to me to be someone who just doesn't see the big picture. You listen to your liberal talking points and then regurgitate them without doing any research. Try and look at all sides of an argument before you spout off and call others names. It's not very becoming, and actually shows a rather negative mindset on your part.
October 16, 2009
Votes: +5
Jack's Just Silly, Low-rated comment [Show]
Mike's delusional facts, Low-rated comment [Show]

Ecotretas said:

Also in Portuguese
The message is also out for the Portuguese speaking, in the environmental blog:
October 17, 2009
Votes: +0

Otter said:

Who invited that parrot, and how much longer must we put up with him? smilies/sad.gif
October 18, 2009
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Sunshinej9 said:

Why are they even here...cracks me up.
I find it amusing that the libs come to these sites and bash everyone. And if they were up on things...they would know that Beck,Limbaugh,Hannity and any one of those hosts hold BOTH sides accountable and take calls from BOTH sides of the spectrum and debate with them. Its great! Just by saying they are "Republican" shows ignorance....they are more conservative than any party claims.
Its so refreshing to read about a documentary like this. I can not wait to see it. Can't believe that Gore is avoiding questions from people who question him also. Great article above.
Have a wonderful day!
October 18, 2009
Votes: +3

j said:

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November 02, 2009
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February 18, 2010
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