Live Earth: Choking on a Week of Promotion

By July 2, 2007Global Warming

It’s bad enough that the “Live Earth” carbon depletionists have already started their nagging, scolding and unscientific sermons, but U.S. news outlets have joined in, too. From Tim Graham at Newsbusters:

At the end of Friday’s Today show on NBC, the marketing of Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts began, just eight days shy of NBC’s big three-hour Live Earth concert in prime time, hosted by NBC anchor Ann Curry and Carson Daly. (Not to mention the other 72 hours donated to Gore by NBC Universal.) NBC’s Friday guest was David DeRothschild, author of “The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook.” Like a good NBC employee, anchor Natalie Morales praised the climate-crisis cause: “Fantastic effort. It’s going to raise a lot of awareness.”

The author mostly made the usual plugs for compact-fluorescent bulbs and other electricity savings, but the strange part (at least for late June) was urging everyone to wear a sweater and turn the thermostat down. Did they think they were recording a segment for Christmas break?

Still waiting for a critical media examination of the “Live Earth” folderol, including the following question to the former veep: Your headliner in Hamburg, Snoop Dogg, is a convicted felon who celebrates gang violence, revels in the sexual degredation of women, is banned from several countries, and whose lyrics are so foul as to not be printable here. In giving Snoop Dogg a high-profile platform full of supposed moral weight, aren’t you being — hmmm, what’s a good term? — an evil-promoting dolt?

Oh, yes. Latest report from Hamburg: 22,000 tickets sold. Less than half.

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Tracy says:

    I can understand your cause of exposing baisness, but from the several articles I’ve read here, the site seems to be bias toward the right. I’m republican, but I hope you also attack Fox News and that lying George Bush!

    And as far as lyrics go…cuss words are cuss words. They are unacceptable in formal situations, but they won’t send you to hell. Cursing in the Bible is using the Lord’s name in vein. So, please stop bit*hing about lyrics. It’s silly.

    Now…about Snoop’s drugs and jail…I’m with you all the way. However, at the same time, he was not giving a speech at a jr. high. He also is not the only one (if he did) that dropped the f-bomb! I heard that on several occasions throughout the concerts. Mainly in London, but they aren’t as trivial as Americans…who seem to complain about everything these days…hence this post resulting from your bit*hiness.

    Anyway, I’m glad you have something to do! It’s good to keep busy.

    P.S. I’m surprised they sold that many tickets in Hamburg! Cost of Living is horrible over there. Going to the store in Germany is like…going to the Emergency Room here.

    Universal Health Care for ALL Americans!

  • Carter says:

    Thank you for a reasonable response. Here is a link to the song titles and lyrics of The Blue Carpet Treatment:

    Don’t see how anyone can justify them. In any context.

  • Pearl says:

    Let me preface by saying that I really like the blog and a lot of things that your organization does.

    I would not go so far as to say “unscientific.” “Nagging” might be accurate, but whether or not you believe in global warming, the fact of the mater is, among indifferent youth, it is essentially a reminder of the environment that we live in.

    “Newsbusters,” whose slogan is “exposing and combating liberal bias,” seems a fitting defender of your point. I am all for combating bias, but if I didn’t know what side of the fence you stood on before, I certainly know now.

    Snoop is controversial, but also brings in youth who would normally not be interested in the environment. There is also a discussion about how rap music can be misunderstood by those who did not grow up in that environment, and it can be detrimental to some, like violent movies, novels, art, photography, and many other forms of general self expression.

    To quote Snoop in his song ‘conversations’:

    “What do it profit a man to gain a whole world livin trifling but then lose his soul?
    I’m here to wake my peoples up from they dreamin/
    Kill every demon and snakes that make even feds steamin/
    Even though my star gleamin man my life ain’t trouble-free/
    Homie take it from me, Snoopy D-O-double-G”

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