|Cracks In The Environmental Facade|
|Written by K. Daniel Glover|
|Thursday, 15 October 2009 13:01|
Al 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 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."
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."
Blogs and online publications
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."
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."
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