Saturday, January 20, 2007

Lying 2007.01-A, the coverage of one's butt.

Our friend Heidi Cullen got a bit more mail (1650+ when I looked) on her last blog entry than she bargained for I guess, because today she has this "clarification"

Its a classic of the liars method of covering one's butt.  Lie more.

First, you establish you are smarter than your audience.

I am a scientist. And I'm a skeptic.

Then you restate your original lie as being the absolute truth.

AND after more than a century of research -- based on healthy skepticism -- scientists have learned something very important about our planet. It's warming up -- glaciers are melting, sea level is rising and the weather is changing. The primary explanation for this warming is the carbon dioxide released from -- among other things -- the burning of fossil fuels.

Then you categorically deny that you said what you said.
I've read all your comments saying I want to silence meteorologists who are skeptical of the science of global warming. That is not true. The point of my post was never to stifle discussion. It was to raise it to a level that doesn't confuse science and politics. Freedom of scientific expression is essential.
Nothing to see here, you are imagining things, please.

Which method worked just fine back in the day, but doesn't cut the mustard in the Internet Era.  'Cause I can go back and read what she said again:
If a meteorologist can't speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn't give them a Seal of Approval.
Which means:   "Freedom of scientific expression is essential... as long as you are expressing what I want."

Now, in case you were wondering what kind of genius hires a buffoon like Heidi Cullen and PAYS her to lie like that, this research has been done for us by Melanie Morgan.

The move away from scientific forecasting of the weather to sensationalized leftist political advocacy is in part due to the influence of Wonya Lucas, executive vice president and general manager of The Weather Channel Networks.

Lucas admitted in a recent interview with Media Village that the reprogramming of The Weather Channel was influenced by her tenure at CNN when that network shifted from presenting straight news to personality-driven programming.

Lucas decided that what was good for CNN was good for The Weather Channel, and the objectivity and respectability of the network has now been thrown out the window. It doesn't matter that CNN's turn to the left has caused their ratings to plummet; The Weather Channel's embraced its model.

Media Village reported that the move by The Weather Channel "is intended to establish a broader perspective on the weather category and, says Lucas, to move the brand from functional to emotional."

Yes friends, Wonya Lucas ex of CNN hired Heidi to sex up the weather and make some noise.  Next question, given that CNN's ratings are in the dumper, who's the fool that hired Wonya Lucas? 

I predict its some guy that votes Democrat and thinks Algore is a great statesman.  A useful idiot, in other words.

The Phantom

1 comment:

Jack Mercer said...

Hi Phantom!

This is turning out to be an amazing story. Of course she is not the first to bring strong arm tactics to the table. Just the most recent. Found an interesting site that seems to keep up with the global warming issue: spoofs on it like it is a religion.