“And Now a Word from Our Critics…” is the title of the final panel of the night at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Burlington. It’s in the third Emerald Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. I get in early on a hunch that the place is going to fill up.
Just after 5:30 moderator Christy George, a producer for an Oregon Public Broadcasting Station, calls us to order. She announces the time constraints and ground rules: “No personal attacks. No outbursts. No speechifying when it is your turn to ask a question.” I’m surprised that she doesn’t add “no spitting, biting, or scratching.”
George introduces the first speaker Marc Morano. He’s director of communications for the Senate’s Environment and Public Woks Committee and a former correspondent for Rush Limbaugh’s television program “and other advocacy news outlets on the right.” She says that Morano’s boss, Chairman James Inhofe, “has famously called climate change ‘a hoax.’” And, with that, “take it away Marc.”
Morano begins by reminding the audience of what Senator Inhofe actually said. He called “fears of catastrophic manmade global warming ‘a hoax’ and the alarmism, referring to the media. He did not call climate change ‘a hoax’… [T]he senator has also acknowledged global warming.” So there.
Then he works to frame the issue in a way that is certain to infuriate this audience. “I’m not here to try to convince anyone about the science… We’re here to talk about the media and the way they’ve treated us, the media labeling, the media’s objectivity, balance,” he says.
He was invited to speak to the SEJ because in July Senator Inhofe alleged in a long floor speech that something has gone wrong with how journalists have covered the issue of global warming. Morano gives some highlights from the last year’s worth of coverage:
* A correspondent for 60 Minutes called global warming skeptics the equivalent of Holocaust deniers.
* The environmental journal Grist called for Nuremburg style trials for climate skeptics.
* CNN’s Miles O’Brien said all the skeptics are in the payroll of oil interests.
* Tom Brokaw hosted a global warming two-hour special on the Discovery Channel so one-sided that the Bloomberg television writer called it “akin to a North Korean political rally.”
* On the Brokaw program, Michael Oppenheimer said that there are no skeptics that deserve to be listened to because, again, “they’re all bought and paid for by oil and gas interests.”
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H/T to National Review Online