Greens Praise Fox News 'Global Warming' Documentary
July 7, 2008 - 7:22 PM
(CNSNews.com) - The Fox News Channel's admittedly one-sided special on "global warming" is receiving praise from two prominent liberal environmentalists.
The hour-long special report, titled "The Heat Is On: The Case of Global Warming," is set to air Sunday night at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST, and it will feature a disclaimer warning viewers that only one side of the scientific debate is represented on the show.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, praised the documentary for "putting the conserve back into conservatism," a reference to the perception by liberals that Fox News Channel is a conservative news outlet.
Kennedy called the upcoming documentary "both fair and accurate" and insisted that "the Fox News team did a superb job exploring the science." But as Cybercast News Service previously reported, the documentary is said to ignore scientific skeptics who believe that human activity is not responsible for catastrophic climate change.
In an article posted on the website of political activist Ariana Huffington Friday, Kennedy reiterated his claim that he was instrumental in convincing Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes to produce the climate change documentary.
"Last year, I asked Roger, as a personal favor, to attend Al Gore's New York City update on global warming science. Although he left that presentation still agnostic, he was convinced that the debate deserved a public airing," Kennedy wrote on Huffingtonpost.com.
"I argued that since there is no such thing as Republican or Democratic children, global warming should not be a partisan but only a scientific issue," he added.
Repeated telephone calls to Ailes' office seeking comment for this article were not returned.
Kennedy reportedly served as a "special correspondent" for the documentary and accompanied the Fox News crew to Glacier National Park in Montana where he claimed that the glacier ice was rapidly shrinking due to human caused climate change.
Dan Becker, a former environmental appointee in the Clinton administration and the current director of the Sierra Club's Global Warming and Energy Program, also praised Fox News for presenting a documentary that blames mankind for catastrophic climate change.
"What do the Sierra Club, Communist China, and now Fox News, have in common? They all recognize the threat of global warming, and are discussing solutions to the problem," Becker wrote in a Nov. 11 article on HuffingtonPost.com.
"When Fox News called me for an interview for their new report on global warming, I'll admit I thought it was a prank call," Becker added.
Becker stated that he hopes the documentary helps change the political climate in Washington regarding "global warming."
"The bad news is that our leaders in Congress and the White House are not taking the issue as seriously as Fox News is," he wrote.
Fox News Channel, meanwhile, has been heavily promoting the upcoming special and it even commissioned a special opinion poll on "global warming" to coincide with the documentary.
According to the Nov. 9 Fox News poll, 77 percent of "Americans believe global warming is happening," and 46 percent of respondents believe "it is caused by human behavior."
Another prominent environmentalist also has claimed credit for influencing the upcoming Fox News special. The November edition of Outside magazine features a column by Amanda Griscom Little, in which she asserts that Laurie David, the wife of comedian Larry David, managed to persuade Ailes about the need to air the special.
Chris Horner, a senior fellow with the free market environmental group Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), is among those attempting to debunk the theory of human caused "global warming."
Horner also criticized Fox News Channel, which touts itself as "fair and balanced."
"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 told Cybercast News Service .
CEI sent a letter to Ailes on Thursday, complaining about the documentary.
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