Center for American Progress Smears Scientists, Censors Heartland Institute Analyst - by James M. Taylor
I just finished listening in on the Center for American Progress press call titled, “Climate Deniers Congregate in the Nation’s Capital.” The press call’s explicit purpose was to criticize the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, taking place tomorrow and Friday in Washington, DC. The presenters were Center for American Progress senior fellow Joe Rom, former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, and scientist/global warming activist Peter Gleick.
The press call was surreal, for many reasons. Here are a few quick highlights (or, more accurately, lowlights):
+ Last week I had received an email from the Center for American Progress announcing the press call and inviting me to participate... Either way, they sure didn’t allow me to ask a question, like they allowed everybody else to do.
+ Joe Romm began the call by extensively bemoaning those “who attack and harass climate scientists.” Later, he criticized those who would “kill the messenger” rather than discuss the scientific facts. Yet before the call was over, Romm repeatedly and personally attacked the scientists speaking at the Heartland Institute conference, including calling them purveyors of “astrology” and “flat earth conspiracy stuff.”
+ In the course of asking Romm a question, a reporter from Bloomberg referred to the Heartland Conference as a “denial fest.” And the media wonder why polls show the American people no longer trust the media to be objective or accurate.