Statement on NYT Profile: ‘Mainstream media appears to be realizing that climate skepticism has gone mainstream!’
[Marc Morano of Climate Depot – Statement on April 10, 2009 NYT Profile:
Overall, not a bad article by the New York Times reporter Leslie Kaufman. The fact that the NYT has done this profile of a skeptic in such a balanced way, simply reveals that tide is turning. An article like this would not have been possible just two years ago. The mainstream media appears to be realizing that climate skepticism has gone mainstream!
The Times reports “Mr. Gore’s office said Mr. Gore had no memory of the encounter” with me in 2007 during a flight in which Gore rebuffed me. Yet, according to Joe Romm of Climate Progress, Gore appears to remember the incident after all.
Romm reports in an April 10 post: “I happened to be speaking to Gore today and he remarked on this Morano fable and said he just doesn’t remember it happening the way Morano describes.”
Hmm. Gore tells NYT that he has “no memory of the encounter” yet Romm says Gore “doesn’t remember it happening the way Morano describes.”
Since Gore cannot seem to recall his encounter with me very well, I have – for the first time ever – publicly released the full report of our airplane encounter in 2007: ( The report was written during the flight. See: NYT Profile Related: Climate Clash: Gore Rebuffs Morano 37000 feet over South China Sea in 2007 – ‘You all attack me all the time’ [Also Note: Romm of Climate Progress (who I just debated on TV) appears to be apoplectic about the NYT article. Romm calls the Morano profile “a stunning journalistic lapse” by the New York Times and is calling on his readers to slam the paper with protests for doing the article. Romm concludes by stating: “Shame on the New York Times. Shame on Leslie Kaufman.”]
The fact that reporter Kaufman scrutinized only two scientists out of well over 700 international scientists, shows how unassailable the Senate report of dissenters truly is. The fact they had to dredge up DeSmogBlog in an attempt to discredit the Senate report, reveals how unblemished the report remains. The NYT baselessly implies some of the 700 plus scientists lack credentials. I wonder if the NYT has ever been as scrutinizing of the UN IPCC scientists? (See: UN IPCC’s William Schlesinger admits in 2009 that only 20% of IPCC scientists deal with climate …
NYT Profile Related: Climate Clash: Gore Rebuffs Morano 37000 feet over South China Sea in 2007 – ‘You all attack me all the time’
[Marc Morano Note: The New York Times Profile article (see: New York Times Profiles Climate Depot’s Morano: Using Science as a ‘Political Battering Ram’ — Dissenter on Warming Expands His Campaign) notes that Gore does not remember meeting me on a plane in 2007. Leslie Kaufman of the NYT writes: “Gore had no memory of the encounter. Mr. Morano does not care. He tells the story anyway.” Yet, according to Joe Romm of Climate Progress, Gore appears to remember the incident after all. Romm reports in an April 10 post: “I happened to be speaking to Gore today and he remarked on this Morano fable and said he just doesn’t remember it happening the way Morano describes.”
Hmm. Gore tells NYT that he has “no memory of the encounter,” yet Romm says Gore told him he”doesn’t remember it happening the way Morano describes.”
Lest anyone doubts the meeting took place or how it occurred and since Gore cannot seem to recall his encounter with me very well, I have – for the first time ever – publicly released the full report of the Gore/Morano airplane encounter in 2007.
The below was written on the airplane immediately after the encounter with Gore in 2007. ]
December 14, 2007 – 37,000 over South China Sea – Former Vice President Al Gore rebuffed Senator James Inhofe’s spokesman during the return flight from the Bali UN climate conference.
Gore, in front of excited passengers posing with photos, revealed he was not happy with the criticism that he has endured “You all attack me all the time,” an agitated Gore said.
Morano responded, “Yes. We do.”
After a long stare, Gore refused to have photo taken and walked off. Inhofe has been one of Gore’s harshest critiques. Inhofe’s website mocks Gore for hypocrisy and maintains a running counter of how many days since Gore has refused to pledge to use no more than the average electricity use.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:55 ET on Friday December (2 hours into flight)
Flying between Singapore and Manila over the South China Sea.
(Flight CX 784. Or 554mph. 37000 feet)
Vice President Gore, fresh from his Nobel ceremony, was returning from his triumphant appearance at the UN Climate Conference in Bali. The Cathay Pacific plane was …
Flashback April 2009: NYT Profiles Climate Depot’s Morano: Using Science as a ‘Political Battering Ram’ — ‘Dissenter on Warming Expands His Campaign’
[Marc Morano Note: I have never seen so much hand-wringing by climate fear promoters over one fair global warming TV debate. To watch debate click here. Also, my debate opponent, former Clinton Admin. Official Joe Romm has now declared a ‘Morano-Free Zone’ at his website ClimateProrgress.org: see: Romm Bans ClimateDepot.com in Post TV Debate Rant! ‘Morano is unquotable and uncitable’ – Refuses to link to debate! – Also, here is another climate fear promoter’ analysis: What are we going to do about the Marc Moranos of this world? – Update: Fmr. Harvard Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl explains why debating is so difficult for many climate fear promoters.] #
Chris Mooney: Why Reason Loses In Climate Debates: Special Marc Morano Edition – Discover Mag. – April 9, 2009 (Note: Mooney authored The Republican War on Science, his bio here.
Excerpt: Marc Morano has long been Senator James Inhofe’s top global warming spinmeister and talking head. His special ability is to argue super-fast, spewing out questionable claims, a kind of howitzer of climate “skepticism.” […] Morano is going to get on TV, and he’s going to sow more doubt about global warming. He’s quite effective at this–frankly, even as I lament it, I’m also impressed by his skill–and has a think tank behind him. And they’re willing to fight damn hard to get their point of view across. […] In my view, while it may be justified (not to mention hard to resist), it’s rather pointless to get mad at Morano, or CFACT, over this. They’re playing the game to win, and they’re very good at it. Frankly, we should be paying close attention to their tactics, and even trying learn from them. […] There’s the wealthy philanthropists and well funded think tanks and interest groups on our side who, faced with this unfavorable media environment, have failed to adapt and equip us with counter-Moranos–intellectual warriors who are not only up for the task of setting the record straight, and defending accurate science, but actually have it as their full time job description. This is hardly impossible to do; you can learn to be a good TV debater, a stunningly effective advocate for your own side…but who has time to really make an art of it? Who is funded to do this? So far as I can tell, it’s generally conservatives, that’s who. …
Paper: Experts ‘increasingly worried by the potentially devastating implications of higher estimates for possible sea level rises’