Brian Fitzpatrick

Tuesday was Earth Day, the highest holy day of the year for practitioners of shoddy journalism. 

No subject, not even Barack Obama and the New Camelot, inspires reporters to drop any pretense of balance and objectivity like the Environment.  Green is the only way to go. Global Warming is likely to wreak havoc on your flowerbeds by the end of next week, it’s all the fault of that parasitic species, Industrial Man, and anybody who disagrees is either a hopeless simpleton or a paid agent of Big Oil. 

Gaia can be a fickle goddess, as Earth Day celebrants in Canada discovered this weekend.  But the irony of an April blizzard driving an Earth Day celebration indoors, in this age of global warming, seems lost on reporters who have swallowed environmentalism hook, line and sinker. 

For the past week the media have promoted Earth Day incessantly. Story after story tells us how to live green, how to eat green, how to change our lifestyles to save the planet.  ABC’s Good Morning America embarrassingly ran a countdown (only 58 hours, 37 minutes to Earth Day!) CMI Director Robert Knight has written a column detailing the recent excesses of media Gaia worship (see “My Big Fat Green Wedding and Other Media Nonsense” ). 

The fun continued on Monday evening when NBC’s chief environmental affairs correspondent, Anne Thompson, took NBC Nightly News viewers on a field trip to Sweden.  Diabetics beware, this story is about to get downright syrupy. 

NBC anchor Brian Williams’ introduction:

Have you ever noticed whenever you see those stories about which people are the most contented around the globe, whenever they profile the Swedes they always seem to be so happy and beautiful.  Now there’s another reason to be green with envy about the Swedes, we’re told they’re living green lives, showing kindness to the planet and saving a ton of energy in the process. Here is our chief environmental affairs correspondent, Anne Thompson.


Sweden’s official colors are blue and yellow but it lives green. From the citizens who can eat the fish from the waterways in Stockholm to King Carl XVI Gustaf, who rules the land and drives an ethanol-powered car.

Question then posed to Gustaf:  “Can the rest of the world learn from Sweden?”

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick, a writer, editor, and commentator on political and cultural issues, is the Senior Editor at Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute.

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