On all matters of the environment, particularly over global warming and the science behind it, the public is acutely divided. At times, when journalists allow politics and skeptics to become part of the dialogue, attempts are called into question. On CNN’s Sunday edition of Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter caught the wrath of former Weather Channel boss and co-founder John Coleman, who said, “Climate change is baloney.”
Coleman is known for his stance on the planet’s alleged man-made warming trends. The Inquisitir previously wrote about an interview the outspoken critic had with Fox’s Megyn Kelly. Then he said climate change is fake and based on “bad science,” not on objectivity.
Today, he double-downed on his rhetoric with sharper criticism. And on the receiving end of his rant was CNN host Brian Stelter, who referred to the ex-WC head as a “denier” of climate change despite “evidence” to the contrary. Coleman fired back with what has become his repeating mantra on global warming, citing a report by Mediaite following the live TV exchange.
“I resent you calling me a denier, that is a word meant to put me down. I’m a skeptic about climate change, not a denier.
“CNN has taken a very strong position on global warming that it is a consensus. Well there is no consensus in science. Science isn’t a vote. Science is about facts…. It has been become a big political point of the Democratic Party and part of their platform, but the science is on my side.”
In an apparent attempt to offer a truce on grounds of a lack of agreement on the controversial subject, Coleman, from whom the Weather Channel has made nimble attempts to distance itself, continued his diatribe.
“I know we’re not, because you wouldn’t allow it to happen on CNN. But I’m happy that I got on the air and got a chance to talk to your viewers. Hello, everybody! There is no global warming! The Weather Channel has bought into it,” he said. “But so has all the media. That’s no big surprise.
“I created a channel to give people their weather, tell them what the weather is now and what it’s going to be. …to serve a real purpose. And that channel has become totally distorted.”
According to a recent Gallup poll, one in four Americans are “solidly” skeptical of global warming. The figures looked at a number of factors that provided a balance in areas where respondents could weigh in.
“Gallup ‘cluster analysis’ of Americans’ views on four key global warming questions finds the public naturally breaking into three groups. The two at the extremes are near polar opposites of each other, disagreeing about the cause of global warming and how it’s presented in the news, as well as having sharply different personal reactions to the issue.”
Was Stelter’s attempt to joust with Coleman a lesson in futility? That’s left to conjecture, but shortly afterwards, Weather Channel’s new boss, David Kenny, appeared to reiterate his company’s stance on climate change/global warming: “It’s real.”
[Image via: Mediaite]