Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Cheesiness of John Stossel (No, not his Mustache)

The emails released by the court in the American Tradition Institute v. University of Virginia seem pretty tame, so far. The ATI is clearly trying to spin them as hard as they can. Aside from that, they're interesting as gossip, such as this one (PE-3), about John Stossel of ABC, that is hardly surprising:

Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 13:50:49 -0500
From: John Christy <...>
To: "Michael E. Mann" <...>
Subject: Re: IPCC

Hi Mike:

Here's what happened. ABC News 20/20 with Stossel wanted me to be part of a segment that will air at the end of June on the climate change. Four of us were taped for almost 2 hours, and from this they will select about 8 minutes, so I doubt my remarks will make the show. When Stossel came back in after all was said and done, he said to me that I might be a good scientist but I didn't have the emotion and passion necessary to excite the audience. In one way, that is a compliment I suppose....

Good to hear from you.
John C.

So a scientist agrees to fly halfway across the country to be interviewed for Stossel's show, and Stossel calls him boring to his face. Nice.

At least he was clear about his priorities. (As if you really were.)

1 comment:

hengist mcstone said...

Presumably the ABC prog was this one . The four scientists being Christy, Reiter, Ball, and Spencer. All active advocates positioned as skeptics, so much for showing both sides of the story.