Alexandria, VA - The world has been laughing at the broadcast network news shows for not reporting the great and growing ClimateGate scandal. It took two weeks, but NBC, ABC and CBS finally did over the weekend. In so doing, they showed that when it comes to the global warming debate, they are part of the Flat Earth Society.
ABC finally reported on ClimateGate on Sunday. But they provided no specifics from the reams of emails and data from East Anglia University that caused the scandal, and concluded their report with the flatly incorrect assertion "The science is solid, according to a vast majority of researchers, with hotter temperatures, melting glaciers, and rising sea level providing the proof."
NBC reported on ClimateGate on both Friday and Sunday. On Friday they fretted that the scandal may end up "giving politicians from coal and oil-producing states another reason to delay taking action to reduce emissions." And on Sunday they assured viewers "the evidence is overwhelming that man is behind climate change."
Neither ABC nor NBC noted that many of the "vast majority of researchers" to which they refer are at the heart of the ClimateGate data distortions and cover-up, and the "overwhelming" "evidence" they cite may very well have been tampered with by these researchers.
CBS did a decent report on Saturday, but aired it on a show they knew their college football coverage blackout would prevent most Americans from seeing.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell:
"Well, NBC, ABC and CBS FINALLY got around to reporting on ClimateGate. Much like with the stories of Van Jones and ACORN, the rest of the world enjoyed a laugh at their expense while waiting for them to play catch up.
"It wasn't worth the wait. NBC and ABC's reports were so biased, they left their audiences as ill-informed afterwards as they were before. And CBS came about as close to blacking out their own coverage as possible.
"ClimateGate is a huge story that is only just beginning to unfold. And I'm betting that NBC, ABC and CBS think they've done their duty and are done reporting on it. Hardly. This is a story that cries out for an investigation, the networks haven't even scratched the surface, and they're now done with it. So much for news from the broadcast 'news' networks."
Friday: NBC Nightly News Takes Up ClimateGate, But Frets It Could 'Delay Taking Action'
Sunday: ABC Still Silent on ClimateGate, Touts 'Growing Scientific Evidence' on Warming
Sunday: ABC and NBC Acknowledge 'ClimateGate,' But Remain Undeterred: 'Science is Solid'
Monday: NBC's Thompson Covers Climategate on Today Show Only to Dismiss It