Last month I wrote that journalism in the United States had hit an all time low and stating that it could not possibly get any worse – I was clearly wrong. Journalists used to be the protectors of the truth leveling the playing field and questioning everything and everyone regardless of the power or position of the speaker. An American press that had been reaching fever pitch against everything Bush turned into a fawning propaganda wing for everything Obama.
Unfortunately fawning has turned into idiotic, even at some of the most prestigious of “news” outlets like CNN. CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?” Just to prove I am not making this up, here is the clip – watch the expression of the science guy when she asks the question, that is priceless.
I know that the profession of “journalist” has devolved into “spokesperson” where most simply read what they are told to say, but I didn’t realize that there is no longer a minimum level of intelligence required. There are so many levels of stupid in Ms. Feyerick’s question, I almost don’t know where to begin. First, the asteroid in question has been traveling the universe for billions of years. Since even the most aggressive advocate of claims of man created global warming point to the start of the industrial revolution around two centuries ago, the asteroid is several billion years too old to be connected by any man-made activities.
Second, Ms. Feyerick’s question highlights one aspect of the propaganda surrounding climate change that the press has used to intentionally muddles discussion about climate change. NO ONE contends that climate change does not exist (or at least no one of any intelligence). Greenland was a swamp 250,00 years ago and most of North America was encased in ice as little as 10,000 years ago. There always has been and always will be climate change.
The debate is over man’s impact on climate change and whether and to what extent the activities of man have changed climate change patterns. Al Gore made himself a fortune by “heating up” the global warming debate with his propaganda piece “An Inconvenient Truth,” an alarmist film that Gore made to monetize investments that he made to create the huge wealth he has today.
If you understand ANYTHING about the global warming debate, you would recognize that an ancient asteroid has nothing to do with global warming. Even asking the question shows such a complete lack of understanding anything even “issue adjacent” to climate change. I am very disappointed that Bill Nye, whose purported mission is to “clear up miconceptions of science” was oddly silent to correct the reporters hugely stupid question. I hope that he was just too stunned to answer.