09 Jul '12, 10pm

TV news endumbens viewers on climate, again

This clip, from the Sunday roundtable on ABC’s This Week , is just horrific. It was physically difficult for me to watch. I wanted to claw my eyes out. However, I suspect it’s fairly par for the course on mainstream political TV. Witness: Start with the host, who begins by saying that climate change has become a political football for “everyone” on “both sides.” Really? What I see is one side fitfully and ineffectively trying to grapple with the problem and do something about it, while the other side rejects established science as the product of a global conspiracy. EJ Dionne then tries to insert what passes for sanity these days, with a fairly sensible analogy to taking out insurance. Then comes smug, oleaginous climate denier George Will: How do we explain the heat? One word: summer. I grew up in central Illinois in a house without air conditioning. What is so unusual ab...

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