From the once respectable Salon:
In his earnestness to go against the consensus of 97 percent of scientists, a producer for The O’Reilly Factor allegedly sent out an email looking for “the best arguments against global warming being caused by humans.” And for inexplicable reasons, he sent the email to DeSmogBlog (the self-proclaimed “world’s number one source for accurate, fact based information regarding global warming misinformation campaigns”), which went right ahead and made it public.
The email, complete with @foxnews.com address, reads:
I’m a producer at the O’Reilly Factor. I’m writing up a paragraph for Bill on the best arguments against global warming being caused by humans.
What would you say are the very best arguments you’d present in one paragraph? I am working under a very tight deadline.
“I feel for O’Reilly’s producers, honestly,” wrote Brendan DeMelle, the site’s executive director and managing editor. “It must be tough to face this ‘very tight deadline’ problem when asked to provide factual support for a baseless, ideologically-motivated assumption.”
“The science is settled!” (except it’s not)
I remember when I was a kid we had debates in class over issues in the news. We were given an issue and told whether we were “for” or “against” that issue. Then we went to the library (this was in the dark ages before the internet) and looked up the best arguments supporting our assigned position. When we had finished our research we came back to class and held the debates.
I guess they don’t teach debate anymore. Probably because too many people were thinking for themselves. Nowadays students are given the official approved answers to everything and told to memorize them.
I am no fan of Bill O’Reilly. I think he is a pompous ass and I can’t stand to listen to him bloviate. But this “gotcha!” is a big nothingburger with cheese.