ABC Attacks CEI and 'Fossil Fuel Industry' for 'Disinformation Campaign'
The religion of global warming requires blind trust. But questioning the validity of mankindâs role must be caused by a âpublic disinformation campaignâ funded by business, according to ABCâs chief global warming cheerleader, Bill Blakemore.
On the September 23 âWorld News,â Blakemore once again showed global warming advocacy rather than objectivity by claiming that âPublic awareness [about global warming] lagged behind, partly because of a disinformation campaign funded by the fossil-fuel industry,â Blakemore said.
Blakemoreâs blurred line between advocacy and objectivity abandoned one of the tenets of ethical journalism promoted by the Society of Professional Journalists â âSeek Truth and Report It: Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.â
Using footage from a Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) commercial, ABC insinuated it was âdisinformation.â âWorld Newsâ didnât include anyone from CEI or the fossil-fuel industry to respond to Blakemoreâs attack.
This was not the first time Blakemore expressed his opinion that companies have âdisinform[ed]â the public about climate change. In fact, at an American Bar Association conference on environmental law in March 2007 the correspondent was even more forceful:
Others in the media, including Steve Outing of Editor & Publisher, also support climate change advocacy instead of unbiased journalism. Outing said it is acceptable for the media to âabandon their old way of doing things when it comes to the issue of global warming, and turn their influence to good.â
Blakemore cited an ABC News/Stanford University/Washington Post poll that â83 percent of Americans believe humans play a significant role in the worldâs rising temperature.â The poll is from April 20, but it also found âonly four in 10 are âextremelyâ or âveryâ sure global warming is happening, and 56 percent continue to think there is âa lotâ of disagreement among scientists about climate change.â
ABC has spread alarmism leading up to the September 27 meeting of the 15 largest greenhouse gas-emitting nations at the United Nations in