ABC Begs for Viewer Complaints about Global Warming
âThe differences can be large or small â altered blooming schedules, unusual animals that have arrived in your community,â or even âhigher water levels encroaching on your property,â the item suggested.
The move by ABC probably would not surprise viewers who are familiar with reporter Bill Blakemoreâs reports on global warming. In January, Blakemore hyped a story about tropical frogs being killed off by global warming. What Blakemore left out was that some scientists say that a fungus âmost likely introduced by humans, possibly by ecotourists and/or field researchersâ could be killing off the harlequin frog.
ABCâs request for global warming stories could multiply such false correlations by the thousands from uninformed viewers at home e-mailing the network.
âEssentially ABC is asking viewers to send in their anecdotes of warm weather, which it will claim are evidence of a warming climate,â OpinionJournalâs James Taranto complained on a June 20 post to his Best of the Web blog.
âWhen Al Gore gave a âglobal warmingâ speech in
ABCâs attempt at promoting slanted citizen journalism is only the latest device the media are using to make 2006 the Summer of Gore. The Business & Media Institute has documented the mediaâs love affair with the former vice presidentâs anti-global warming crusade.
One magazine writer went as far as to laud Gore as a âscorned, washed-up politician transformed into a laptop-wielding ninjaâ aiming to ârescue the planet from the forces of greed and indifferenceâ