The Saga Continues: FOX News on An Inconvenient Truth [UPDATED]
Yesterday we covered the Drudge Report's baseless attack on Al Gore, and today we learn via Think Progress (they seem to be following An Inconvenient Truth closely) that: "Fox News host David Asman asked his guests to discuss the following question: 'If people buy into [Al Gore’s] global warming hysteria, will it put him in the White House and our economy on the skids?' Steve Forbes answered yes, and called Gore’s new movie 'a real recipe for more socialist regulation.'"Full transcript:
ASMAN: Al Gore’s new documentary, An inconvenient Truth, it hits the theaters this week. If people buy into his global warming hysteria, will it put him in the White House and our economy on the skids? Steve, first off, is it gonna get him in the White House?
FORBES: No, if he believes that’s gonna get him in the White House, he needs to rub on something stronger than this sunscreen.
ASMAN: Alright, but if his global warming agenda somehow gets mixed up into our agenda, the national agenda, what’ll it do to the economy?
FORBES: It will ice the economy. And after all, some people do believe the DiVinci Code, so some will believe the DiGore Code. [Laughter] But the fact of the matter is, the policies that result from it would hurt the economy, would create unemployment. It’s a real recipe for more socialist regulation.
Think Progress mentions that the Apollo Alliance has a plan to "develop alternative fuels, increase energy efficiency, rebuild and expand public transportation networks and come up with other initiatives to reduce fossil fuel use" that would create more than 3 million jobs in the US. Too bad that it isn't obvious to these people that something that is un-sustainable on the environmental side can't be sustainable on the business side. :: Fox News: ‘Al Gore’s Global Warming Movie: Could It Destroy Our Economy?’, ::Apollo Alliance, ::An Inconvenient Truth - Coming to a Theatre Near You, ::An Inconvenient Truth Trailer Available at Apple
Update: Oh boy! Here's more:
That’s the problem. If I thought Al Gore’s movie was as you like to say, fair and balanced, I’d say, everyone should go see it. But why go see propaganda? You don’t go see Joseph Goebbels’ films to see the truth about Nazi Germany. You don’t go see Al Gore’s films to see the truth about global warming.
This comparison of Al Gore's film with Nazi propaganda (?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!) was brought to you by Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, an organization backed by, among others, Exxon. He's the same person who in the past defended Exxon CEO Lee Raymond’s $190,000 per day compensation without mentioning that he had ties with the company he was defending.
Think Progress concludes that "[since] ExxonMobil doesn’t have a substantive answer to Gore’s movie, it bankrolls people like Burnett to smear Gore personally."
With regard to the Nazi reference, we'd like to invoke Godwin's Law:
Godwin's Law (also Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies) is, in Internet culture, an adage originated in 1990 by Mike Godwin that states:
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
This adage was formulated because many people compare anyone and anything they mildly dislike with Hitler. There is a tradition in many Usenet newsgroups that once such a comparison is made the thread in which the comment was posted is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress.