Sometimes this stuff just writes itself.
Other times, I already wrote it before the madness in question even hits print. Today, we have two cases in point. First you might recall my chronicling, yesterday, of the attempt by Politico’s lazy writer to boil down an hour-long interview (by someone else, on TV) to seven flaccid paragraphs. The Daily Caller, financed by Foster Friess, helmed by juvenile Tucker Carlson continues the sensationalization and smear predicted yesterday. The C(r)a(w)ller [emphasis added] uh, “reports”:
Published: 11:18 AM 08/28/2011
Updated: 4:04 PM 08/28/2011
By Caroline May – The Daily Caller
One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, or so says former Vice President Al Gore.
In an interview with former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky broadcasted on UStream on Friday, Gore explained that in order for climate change alarmists to succeed, they must “win the conversation” against those who deny there is a crisis…
As pathetic as it is predictable. I wrote about the coordinated campaign to smear Gore (via Koch) back on the 18th of November, 2009: “Teabaggers in Portland to protest Gore,” and I wrote about the probable “source” of the Caller’s crappy “journalism” yesterday.
Yowssah: Got to flog that Denialist pony as hurricanes barrel up the East Coast, flooding the new Martin Luther King Memorial and earthquakes crack the Washington Monument. This was what I wrote yesterday:
Robin Bravender* / The Politico:Gore: Eat less meat to fight warming
[*Actually this is kind of creepy. Bravander watched an interview (about an hour) with Gore on a podcast:
This Friday, August 26, at 12pm MT (2pm ET) Alex Bogusky will chat with former Vice President Al Gore about his latest initiative, The Climate Reality Project. http://climaterealityproject.org
boiled it down to seven short paragraphs and extracted whatever she considered the most “controversial” comments. With a link. And, at the bottom of this lazy-journalist bilge, this: “This article first appeared on POLITICO Pro at 4:49 p.m. on August 26, 2011.” Or, in the parlance, if you PAID Politico for the extra “insider” stuff that make you even BETTER INFORMED than everybody else, this is the kind of swill you pay for.]
How DARE Al Gore comment on Global Warming!!!??! Uh, yeah.
To which we merely append that it’s a classic case of twisting a statement out of context, which means it’s slanted, and given the source, Denialist propaganda financed by retired hedge fund “cowboy” Foster Friess … about whom I wrote at length in 2010, including his deep involvement in the Dominionist movement:
Homework: READ Michael Reynolds’ “Inside The #1 Religious Right Money Machine” if you haven’t already.
Read the series in order.
- Tucker Carlson is Keith Olbermann; I am Glenn Beck (18 July)
- More Fake Cowboys (23 July)
- The Biggest Foundation That You’ve Never Heard Of (1 Aug. )
- Following Foster’s Buddies’ Money (10 Aug.)
- Foster’s Dominionist Pals (13 Aug.)
- Rubber Baby Buggy Bunglers (18 Aug.)
- Tucker Carlson – Profeshunel Jurnuhlizzum Strikes Agin! (12 Nov.)
- How Friess Fosters Tuckers Out – Conclusion (Dec. 31, 2010)
And I wrote about the Dominionists (suddenly notable as the “backers” in part of Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign) in “Dominionist Hoedown in Salt Lake City and YOU ain’t Invited,” and “Dominionist Hoedown Links (update),” on September 29 and 30, 2007.
Bravo, USGS. And, take a moment to thank your Government and your Tax Dollars in action: think of the chaos, fear, panic, etc. if there were no USGS, and nobody knew for hours or days afterwards how widespread and what magnitude quake it was. (And ditto the Weather service — from which ALL weather channels and reports get their information, charts, photos, etc … for FREE.)
As I often note, this blog is Tomorrow’s News Today. And, evidently, Sunday’s refutation on the preceding Wednesday.
Leave it to Fox News to publish an “opinion” piece manufactured by a Research Associate and a Vice President of the Competitive Enterprise Institute so STOOPID and clueless that rightie blogger A.J. Strata wrote:
Fox News has just produced one of the dumbest articles on the size of government I have ever seen. They question whether the nation needs the National Weather Service – I kid you not:
While Americans ought to prepare for the coming storm, federal dollars need not subsidize their preparations. Although it might sound outrageous, the truth is that the National Hurricane Center and its parent agency, the National Weather Service, are relics from America’s past that have actually outlived their usefulness.
Today the NWS justifies itself on public interest grounds. It issues severe weather advisories and hijacks local radio and television stations to get the message out. It presumes that citizens do not pay attention to the weather and so it must force important, perhaps lifesaving, information upon them.
Uh, what’s the point in refuting them now, considering that I already wrote WHY this would be an incredibly stupid move, proposed by selfish jerks so obsessed with “I, Me, Mine” that they are unable to see actual forests (society) for the trees (all those “parasites” that get in their Ayn Rand Superman way).
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is, well, here’s an example of their handiwork:
CEI has also worked to cultivate a relationship with John Stossel, the controversial correspondent for ABC-TV’s 20/20 program. When Stossel came under fire in August 2000 for citing nonexistent scientific studies on a 20/20 segment bashing organic foods, CEI set up a “Save John Stossel” website to help him keep his job. Stossel returned the favor the following year by working with Michael Sanera to put together a program titled “Tampering With Nature” that focused on attacking environmental education. In March 2001, a pesticide industry front group known as Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) sent out an action alert memorandum to its members. “Mr. Sanera has been contacted by ABC News,” the memo stated.” A producer for John Stossel is working on a program on environmental education. He needs examples of kids who have been ‘scared green’ by schools teaching doomsday environmentalism in the classroom. … He has some examples, but needs more. Would you send out a notice to your group and ask if they know of some examples. Then contact Mr. Sanera … Let’s try to help Mr. Stossel. He treats industry fairly in his programs.”
That’s from SourceWatch. There’s more than enough creepy information to whet your whistle, if that’s the tune you seek to toot. Suffice it to say, Faux Nooz has gotten really cozy with the Koch “libertarians” and their fellow kleptocrats.
Founded in 1984 the CEI has become a leading “global warming denialist” creepshop, funded by the Usual Suspects, including, naturally, David Koch, David Koch, and, of course Richard Mellon Scaife. And David Koch. Whole lotta Korporate sponsors, etc.
Stossel speaks at Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity “tea party” event 2010
Which perhaps explains WHY we don’ need no steenkin’ weather service.
If the temperature is rising, kill the weatherman. If it snows, slaughter the weatherbabe.
As crazy as it was already predictable.
Typical rightie bloggy smear of Gore
What else is there to say? Oh, perhaps this, which began yesterday’s weekend post, and might as well have been the lede here:
It’s gotta suck that, with a hurricane crawling up the East Coast, and the hottest summer on record, with three Phoenix haboobs, these boobs are still hyping phony anti-global warming hoaxes, like the “climategate” incident, that ended up proving no such thing, and was seemingly deep-sixed the moment it was discredited.
You don’t gots to be no Nostradamus to predict these guys.
A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.