CyberAlert -- 09/15/1999 -- Too Much Press Scrutiny of Hillary?; Global Warming's "Killer Mosquitos"
Too Much Press Scrutiny of Hillary?; Global Warming's "Killer Mosquitos"
5) ABC blamed "killer mosquitos" on global warming, claiming supposed experts hope "tropical disease cropping up in northern climates will be a wake-up call to the consequences of global warming." In fact, environmentalists may end up killing more.
Correction: The September 13 CyberAlert stated that "The $300,000 loan by Bob Dole to Newt Gingrich upset the media, but a loan four times larger given to the Clintons by a political operative deep in fundraising scandals has yet to arose media concern." I was a letter short. That should have read "...has yet to arouse..."1
Hurricane Dan. Over half of Tuesday's three broadcast network evening shows were devoted to the impending east coast hit of Hurricane Floyd. At the end of the CBS Evening News Dan Rather, live from Savannah, promised viewers: "Stay with this CBS station for CBS News's traditionally strong hurricane coverage." Opening the show on Monday night an excited Rather boasted of how this hurricane is "intense and immense."
There's nothing like seeing Dan Rather gripping a pole as hurricane winds blow him around, so over the next days and hours the MRC will post still shots and/or video clips of Rather when we see some entertaining stuff. Shortly after this CyberAlert is sent we'll post a shot from CBS's This Morning of Rather in a rainy though pre-hurricane Savannah, but decked out in his hurricane windbreaker. As the storm hits, the Rather video should only get better.
Anchoring the CBS Evening News from Los Angeles on Monday night, Dan Rather delivered a one-sided story on the attitude of legal residents toward illegals as he skated over how the Governor subverted the will of the people.
Rather hooked his
story on how low unemployment has supposedly quieted anger at illegal
immigrants. Recalling the attitude during Governor Wilson's years, an
immigration lawyer got the first soundbite of the piece to bemoan:
"It was an awful period." Rather attributed the success of
Proposition 187, which was to deny state aid to illegal residents, to dark
forces, specifically, "hostility to illegals." Rather added:
Without ever airing a counter to Rubin's left-wing spin, Rather later added: "Nearly 80 percent of Californians of Hispanic heritage voted for California's new Governor, Democrat Gray Davis. In July Davis agreed to essentially scrap Proposition 187, the anti-immigrant law."
Actually, Davis refused to pursue an appeal of a ruling by a liberal activist federal judge striking down parts of 187. So Davis failed to follow the will of the people, but that didn't concern Rather.
Thirty-three days after President Clinton announced his decision to pardon the Puerto Rican terrorists, ABC's Nightline finally got around to the subject. At about 1am ET, after Monday night football. Those in the Mountain and Pacific time zones saw it on time, but not New Yorkers.
While none of the
three reporters who discussed the situation with anchor Chris Bury
believed Hillary Clinton's story that she never talked about the offer
with her husband beforehand, she was still portrayed as a victim by one
New York reporter. As noted by MRC analyst Jessica Anderson, on the
September 13 show Bury got a very sympathetic answer when he asked:
seemed to be implying that the controversy was improperly fueled by her
political enemies: "Well, also one of the beauties of this race is
not only does the First Lady have a powerful platform, but so does Mayor
Giuliani. And let's not overlook the fact that he had a role in fomenting
criticism to this whole clemency issue. He had his police commissioner, an
appointee of his, out there almost every day with victims or relatives of
victims of the FALN bombings, you know, criticizing the Clinton decision
on this. Vito Fossella, a very close political ally of the Mayor and a
Congressman from Staten Island, took the lead down in Washington in having
press conferences and criticizing the Clintons on this, so
Well, without them those outside New York City might never have learned about the release plan. After all, initially all but FNC skipped the story. ABC's World News Tonight didn't get around to reporting it until September 5.
Al Gore and George W. Bush got an opportunity on Monday's World News Tonight to proclaim their faith, as ABC's Peggy Wehmeyer noted how Gore now backs traditionally Republican ideas to "create church-state partnerships." Gore claimed he doesn't want to advertise his beliefs, but then he boasted of having done so.
Wehmeyer began her
September 13 piece by playing a clip of Gore saying he considers himself
Wehmeyer continued: "That is true, but now Gore appears to be talking about it a lot more. He's even promising that if he becomes President he'll expand a popular Republican plan to create church-state partnerships...."
After explaining the idea of using federal money to help the poor through church groups, Wehmeyer moved to Bush and noted how he turned over a Texas prison unit to a Christian ministry. Bush told her how God turned his life around a decade ago and that "faith is my anchor."
Sooner or later a network reporter will find a way to blame global warming for whatever bad is occurring in the environment. You knew it had to happen with the mosquitos in New York City, and ABC News hasn't let us down.
Sunday night ABC's World News Tonight was the first network show to link the "killer mosquitos" to supposed global warming. In an unusual move, reporter Jami Floyd actually allowed a soundbite from a scientist who doesn't see a link, but Floyd quickly dismissed her view by concluding that climatologists hope the outbreak of tropical diseases in the north "will be a wake-up call to the consequences of global warming."
introduced the September 12 story: "A strange sight amid the
skyscrapers of Manhattan today, spraying for killer mosquitoes. The number
of suspected encephalitis cases jumped to 89 today and three people have
died. Some scientists are now pointing to a surprising suspect behind the
scare. Here's ABC's Jami Floyd."
Reality Check: The Earth is not warming, New York City is not warmer now than 100 years ago, and efforts to reduce energy use will only kill more. Check out this analysis in an excerpt from August 3 column by Patrick J. Michaels, a senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute and science advisor to the Greening Earth Society in Arlington, Virginia:
Let's get one thing straight. There is no warming trend in U.S. summer temperatures over the last 80 years. It did warm a bit from 1900 to 1930, but that change surely wasn't because of a greenhouse effect; we hadn't put much new carbon dioxide in the air by then. Further, current planetary temperatures measured by satellites and weather balloons are considerably below their average for the last two decades.
In addition, heat-related mortality is going down. In 1995, Chicago saw several hundred deaths in a July heat wave. But there were 885 heat-related deaths in the Second City in 1955. Want to see true carnage? Go back to 1900, when 10,000 Americans perished in the heat. (The globe was one degree cooler then!)
What's the difference here? Two words: air conditioning.
Air conditioners use more electricity than any other home appliance. On a hot day, they create such demand for electricity that, sometimes, the power fails. After this, the county coroner isn't far around the corner. In fact, it was a power failure that magnified the 1995 Chicago tragedy. Normally in a heat wave, the poorer South Side experiences more deaths than the North Side. But a power outage in the affluent side of town resulted in a pretty equal distribution of fatalities across income classes.
In this summer's heat, Mayor Richard Daley has been exhorting citizens who feel they cannot afford to run their air conditioners to take advantage of a federal program designed to subsidize payments in just that eventuality. Somehow I do not believe that every 80 year old has gotten this message and fear that some will die today.
Which brings us back to global warming. It should be self-evident that the very technology that enhances the greenhouse effect--the production of electricity -- is what saves our lives in the heat of a normal summer. Thousands more would die, as did in 1900, without air conditioning in a world where the enhanced greenhouse effect and dreaded global warming did not exist.
The risk of power failure can be averted by installing new generation capacity. But every time a new power plant is proposed, someone squawks "global warming." When lack of power causes an outage on a hot day, that well-intended protest becomes a lethal weapon.
Therefore, it is somewhat ironic that all proposals to fight global warming drastically raise the price of energy and power. The Kyoto Protocol on climate change requires us to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases (read: use of energy) by 30 to 45 percent by 2008 compared with where we would be if we just went on as we are. If the price of electricity more than doubles (a likely scenario according to most experts), how many more of our elderly will hesitate to turn on the air conditioner until it is too late? The Kyoto Protocol is a killer.
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