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FOX Special On Global Warming Treads Lightly

Reported by Deborah - November 14, 2005

A Fox News Special, The Heat Is On- The Case Of Global Warming with Rick Folbaum aired last night, 8/13 and in many ways in was surprisingly honest and comprehensive. As I discussed in a post last week, Fox has done everything possible in the past to try to discredit the theory of Global Warming but last night there was complete acknowledgement of the problem. Sadly, things started to revert when the role of government and big business was explored. 11/14/05

There is no doubt that FOX News has changed it's official stand on global warming and there was even discussion of warmer waters increasing the severity of hurricane activity. There was no avoidance of the harsh realities of the future if steps aren't taken immediately.

It was certainly interesting that Laurie David and Robert Kennedy Jr. were in the special taking viewers to Montana's Glacier National Park to see the almost totally melted glaciers. Laurie David was on the FOX most wanted list during the 2004 campaign when she organized an anti-Bush fundraiser highlighting the administrations horrendous environmental policies. After letting viewers know that she was married to Larry David there was a clip of actors being interviewed on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards as if to remind people of the "liberal Hollywood elite".

The tone started to shift with a section called The Blame Game( Where have we heard that before?) First off, The Kyoto Protocal was dismissed as unworkable and the G8 Summit was not discussed. There was a clip of Bush acknowledging Global Warming and man's role on the problem but no mention of all the time wasted while he avoided the problem. There was another clip of Bush talking about his hydrogen car initiative and a visit to
the Lab that's working on the vehicle. This, of course, was followed by an explanation of why it will take so long to get them on the road. The only big business that was criticized was General Electric. Everyone else was portrayed as being proactive and totally pro-environment. The Sierra Club was shown congratulating Ford for their recent hybrid SUV.

At the end, Rick Folbaum came on with a kind of disclaimer saying that they were not endorsing but reporting. Then he just had to end it with "We Report- You Decide"

Last week the Conservative base was pretty upset about the special. Cyber News Service ran this article.

Fox News CEO Warms to Climate Change After Heat From Left
By Randy Hall and Marc Morano
CNSNews.com Staff
November 09, 2005

(CNSNews.com) - A Fox News Channel documentary on "global warming," set to air Sunday night, provides only the liberal take on the controversial issue and was approved after environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. reportedly "dragged" Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes to a lecture by former Vice President Al Gore, "kicking and screaming."

Clay Rawson, the Fox News Channel producer of the hour-long special titled "The Heat Is On: The Case of Global Warming," told Cybercast News Service Tuesday that the project "was a little bit different for us.

"Often on Fox News Channel, we present both sides, according to our 'fair and balanced' motto, but this is the global warming story," Rawson said. "We do make it clear that this is one side of the issue through inclusion of a disclaimer," he added. The documentary is said to ignore scientific skeptics who believe that human activity is not responsible for catastrophic climate change.

The Bangor Daily News (Maine) on Sept. 23 reported Kennedy's comments about having "dragged" Ailes to the Gore lecture. The November edition of Outside magazine also features a column by Amanda Griscom Little, in which she asserts that Laurie David, the wife of comic Larry David managed to persuade Ailes about the need to air the special.

According to Griscom Little's column, Ailes telephoned Laurie David to discuss the "one-hour global-warming report that his network will air this fall, thanks in large part to Laurie's badgering."

Griscom Little also wrote that "Ailes was charmed by what he calls Laurie's 'impressive passion and dedication'" and that Ailes "considers her one of the country's 'leading authorities' on global warming." Laurie David is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ailes was unavailable for further comment Wednesday night.

Fox News Channel reporter Rick Folbaum, in a statement on the news organization's website, explained that "after months of research and interviews with many experts, I've learned this simple fact: The earth is heating up. And it's happening much faster than ever before. No one can argue with this."

But Chris Horner, senior fellow with the free market environmental group, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), is among those arguing about the theory of "global warming." He is also criticizing Fox News Channel, not only for its decision to air the documentary, but for featuring "Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a prominent agenda-driven environmentalist and registered lobbyist for green causes ... as a 'special correspondent' for the show."

Despite the disclaimer at the beginning of the program, Horner told Cybercast News Service that "many and possibly most viewers would not even see this disclaimer ...

"While it is unfathomable that a reputable news network would air so blatantly a one-sided program regardless of any disclaimer, that the 'fair and balanced' network would put itself in the position of suspending its motto is stupefying," Horner said. CEI plans to deliver a letter to Ailes on Thursday morning, complaining about the documentary.

"I hate to draw attention to a Sunday night 'filler' program, but it is important to expose this disgraceful excuse for journalism, particularly by the so-called 'fair and balanced' crowd," Horner said. "Maybe a special on the 10,000 dead in New Orleans could follow."

Folbaum asserted in his Fox News website statement that "the vast majority of the scientific community says we're witnessing a unique and troubling kind of climate change, one where changes that used to occur over centuries are now taking place during the course of a single lifetime."

comment: A recent FOX Opinion Poll recently showed over 70% believed that Global Warming is a crisis. At least this is a start.

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