Liberalism is so impressed with its own brilliance that results apparently don't matter. There is the "enlightened" opinion, and there is the benighted opinion. When Charlie Rose interviewed Gore in 2006, he wondered about how President Bush could be so deluded about the impending warming disaster: "But do you know anybody who has temporarily tried to have a conversation with the president about this, in a way which you would consider an enlightened conversation?" Gore said Bush is an "incurious person," which is a patronizing way of saying he's not stupid, he just doesn't care as much about the planet as we do.
But can't it be said that Ted Turner is an incurious person? What has Ted Turner ever done to display his curiosity about free-market environmentalism? Eleven years ago, when he was still in charge of CNN, he wouldn't let opponents speak. It was bad enough that CNN (and TBS) had a habit of airing extremely one-sided eco-panic -- even with child indoctrination in cartoon form like "Captain Planet." Turner even had commercials opposing the Kyoto global-warming treaty pulled from his airwaves. They were apparently inaccurate for predicting that U.S. approval of Kyoto would dramatically increase gas and electricity prices for the American people. This was one gloomy scenario that Turner would not endorse. Despite its status as a prediction about the future -- just like Turner's -- it was denounced as a lie in the present tense.
The media, including PBS, are supposed to follow the truth wherever it leads. They can suspect that conservatives have an axe to grind. Fine. They ought to suspect the same from liberals. The media could make gains against their damaged credibility by simply revisiting environmental crystal-ball claims from 1968, 1978 and 1988, and answering the question: Were the doomsayers and their predictions of disaster right?
Instead, the media appear to all the world as trapped inside a hermetically sealed bubble of its own incuriosity. The Business and Media Institute studied global-warming stories on ABC, CBS and NBC in the second half of 2007, and found only 20 percent of stories even mentioned the mere concept that some disagree with doomsday global-warming scenarios. Skeptical scientists are routinely locked out, while Ted Turner is honored for his overwhelming gift of "enlightened conversation."
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