OK, now here’s a guy who isn’t going to be invited to speak to the Society of Environmental Journalists coven any time soon….
Michael Palmer, general manager of the ABC and Fox affiliates in Bangor, Maine reportedly sent an e-mail to his staff over the summer (after they had covered the premiere of Al Gore’s fantasy film) saying that when Bar Harbor was under water, they could do global warming stories but, “until then, no more.”
Wait — it gets better. According to this story in the New York Times, Palmer said he wanted no more stories broadcast on global warming because — among other reasons — “The issue evolved from hard science into hard politics and despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, this science is far from conclusive.” Palmer went on to say that he placed “global warming stories in the same category as ‘the killer African bee scare’ from the 1970s or, more recently, the Y2K scare when everyone’s computer was going to self-destruct.” Think he’s been reading the blog….? He’s absolutely dead-on right on all these points.
Of course, the NY Times was obligated to interview James Hansen, resident global warming hysteric, telling Palmer that it’ll be glug-glug for him soon enough up there in Bar Harbor. Maybe, or maybe not. Mark us down as siding with Michael Palmer and his courageous view. He can teach Bill Blakemore and ABC a thing or two about balance.
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