s skippy the bush kangaroo: damn that cbs! relying on scientific facts again!

skippy the bush kangaroo

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

damn that cbs! relying on scientific facts again!

cbsnews blog public eye discusses why 60 minutes didn't take the "fair and balanced" approach to its story on global warming last weekend by giving both sides of the question air time. apparently, it's because one side of the question is based entirely in fantasyland:

"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 sciences (note: this word was incorrectly transcribed and has been corrected), 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."

[ed. note: emphasis, and applause, ours]

gee, refusing to put on an opposing viewpoint which has no basis in reality just because it's an opposing viewpoint? why, that's...that's...logical, adult, and scientific! how dare they call themselves a news organ??

(thanks and a tip of the bush kangaroo hat to lefthandedman's dkos diary for the link!)
posted by skippy at 5:36 PM |


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