Australia’s chief climate commissioner fired: who’s next
News from Australia. We especially love the characterization of Canada’s (embarrassment) David Suzuki as an “eco-extremist.”
TIM Flannery has been sacked. But why haven’t journalists who promoted such scaremongers been sacked, too?
Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, September 23
When will they pay the price for the most shameful collective failure of journalism in decades?
Flannery’s astonishing record of dud predictions, such as his 2007 warning that we’d never again get dam-filling rains, finally caught up with the Chief Climate Commissioner this week.
The Abbott Government sacked him on just its second day, ostensibly to cut costs, and few journalists are defending the global warming alarmist they once hailed as our 2007 Australian of the Year. Damaged goods.
But it’s too easy to merely give Flannery the flick now his warming faith is finally crumbling. It’s too easy to make him the sole scapegoat after 15 years of no significant rise in global temperature – a hiatus to which the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will on Friday reluctantly admit in its latest report.
More important is to demand accountability from the countless journalists who made heroes of his sort and terrified the public with preposterous scares about a warming that hasn’t come.
For years, most in the mainstream media didn’t just refuse to question the great global warming scare, but howled down the few who dared to.
Journalists became propagandists, even witch-hunters. And the biggest cabal of them gathered in the ABC.
Four years ago,for instance, I was a panellist on the ABC’s Insiders program and mentioned the warming pause.
Fellow panellist David Marr asked me not to refer to it again and then ostentatiously buried his head in a newspaper. La la la la, not listening.
Marr, of course, was a former host of the ABC’s Media Watch, which for years, under various hosts, hounded warming sceptics and gave the Flannerys a free pass.
The other panellist was Annabel Crabb, now an ABC host. She, too, demanded we talk about something else, and on another Insiders show, mocked my quoting of scores of studies which showed the warming theory wasn’t working out as the likes of Flannery claimed.
“You put a million posts on your blog about some new study from the University of East Bumcrack,” she scoffed.
In a debate on the ABC’s The Science Show, I faced the same fierce denialism from the ABC’s chief science presenter, Robyn Williams, who absurdly insisted we faced sea level rises this century of up to 100m – or about 99.5m more than even most warmist scientists say is likely.
Williams later led a staff revolt to stop the ABC from screening the Great Global Warming Swindle, the only documentary or current affairs show it has ever aired that questioned the warming scare.
Showing such stuff, was “verging on the irresponsible”, protested Williams.
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, another ABC science presenter, was this year still insisting Britain’s influential Met Office had detected 0.3C of warming since 1997, even after the Met Office itself announced the real figure was just 0.05C.
Former ABC chairman Maurice Newman was right: “There are signs that a small but powerful group has captured the corporation, at least on climate change.”
The ABC is not alone, of course. The Age has been even more vindictive. It imposed a near total ban on articles by sceptics and has vilified the most prominent of them.
Most shamefully, it mocked well-known sceptic Christopher Monckton by publishing a close-up picture of the mathematician’s protuberant eyes – a symptom of his Graves’ disease – under the headline: “Moncky business”.
But now the warming pause is so undeniable that even The Age, after 15 years, on Saturday was forced to acknowledge it.
True, its front-page story still had the deceptively scary headline “Warming in danger zone”, and started with a warning that humans had emitted so much carbon dioxide that temperatures could rise to “dangerous levels”. Panic!
But deep in the article came the critical admission. A leaked draft of the report to be released on Friday by the IPCC, the UN body given a Nobel Prize for its climate alarmism, now admits temperatures have, in fact, all but stopped rising.
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