CAUGHT ON TAPE: UN bans skeptical journalists from climate summit for holding views not ‘particularly helpful’
The United Nations has rejected the media credentials of three journalists from a conservative news outlet in Canada to the upcoming UN climate summit in Morocco in November. Nick Nuttall, a UN official, admitted in an October 18 CBC interview that The Rebel news outlet is being banned from attending the UN summit because of its skeptical reporting of the UN’s climate claims.
Nuttall tried to justify the UN media ban by noting that The Rebel TV host Ezra Levant has called UN promoted climate change fears a “crock.”
“What does [calling climate change a ‘crock’] add to the public’s understating?” Nuttall asked the CBC.
The UN’s Nuttall told the CBC, “I don’t see what he is actually reporting, you know, as being particularly helpful.”
But much to the shock of the UN official, the warmist Canadian Broadcasting Corp’s (CBC) Carol Off was having none of it. The CBC’s Off openly challenged the UN’s censorship of the media outlet.
“Do people have to prove that they’re helpful in order to be accredited journalists?” Off, who hosts the ‘As it Happens’ program on the CBC, asked the UN’s Nuttall.
A clearly flustered Nuttall responded, “Well, what do you think journalism is about?”
The CBC’s Carol Off tersely responded “reporting.”
As the Nuttall continued to dig himself deeper into a media hole, Off demanded an answer.
“I am just wondering again about he subjectivity of rejecting the credentials of The Rebel,” CBC’s Carol Off asked again.
Off summed up the UN’s obvious bias in rejecting the news outlet’s request for credentials.
“So it does seem that what Mr. Levant is saying is true — that you didn’t like his point of view,” Off said.
Nuttall responded. “No, not really. The point is he seems to be advocating a particular point of view which is so personal that it didn’t seem to be a genuine media outlet to me.”
Nuttall also tried to justify the UN’s censorship by claiming the conservative media outlet “seemed to be more kind of anti-refugee, anti-climate, anti-this, anti-that. And I just didn’t feel that it was maybe appropriate in terms of better understanding climate change issues and giving balanced reporting …
By Peter Foster
He is Nick Nuttall, head of communications for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, which is about to hold yet another cast-of-thousands climate conference, this time in Marrakech.
Nuttall, a former Environment and Technology Correspondent for The Times of London, was interviewed about his decision by Carol Off on the CBC’s As It Happens.
Nuttall said that he had looked at Rebel Media’s website, and it seemed to be just a platform for this chap Ezra, “I can’t remember his surname. I don’t live in Canada so I don’t know.” He said they got all sorts of application from people who “purport” to be journalists with “axes to grind.” He said that the Rebel Media website “was pushing a particular point of view. It made me wonder how it was funded, who backs it.”
Thus he slimily and typically implied that Levant might just be one of those fronts for the fossil fuel industry so beloved of climate fanatics. But while Levant has certainly stoutly defended Canada’s “Ethical Oil,” and fracking, he doesn’t seem to front for anybody’s opinions but his own.
Carol Off soon had Nuttall in a hole, whereupon he proceeded to keep digging. He declared that Rebel Media was all “Anti-refugee, anti-climate, anti this, anti that, and I just didn’t think it was appropriate in terms of better understanding of the public in terms of climate issues.” It didn’t represent “balanced reporting.”
So, Off suggested calmly, Levant was being rejected because Nuttall didn’t like his point of view?
Oh no, writhed the UN flack. It was just that Levant’s view was so “personal.” Off hit him with the clip of journalists breaking into applause when agreement was reached at the last UN conference in Paris. Didn’t that indicate bias?
Nuttall continued desperately to sing, dance and dig. Maybe they did have “a moment of cheering,” he admitted, but they weren’t going to go back to their desks and “become zombies in favour of some soft, beautiful, world of climate change.” Whatever that meant. He claimed those journalists would hold governments to account, but he clearly meant hold them to account for following the UN agenda, not questioning it.
Off noted that Levant also held governments to account, whereupon Nuttall attempted to draw her into condemnation of the feisty broadcaster. Off, to her credit, was having none of it.
Nuttall then …
CAUGHT ON TAPE: UN censor explains why he’s banning skeptical journalists from global warming conference
Via: Ezra Levant
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As we reported earlier this week, a censor at the UN named Nick Nuttall has refused The Rebel’s request for official media accreditation, so we can cover the climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco.
Three thousand other journalists have been approved, but we’ve been blacklisted.
WATCH as Nick Nuttall explains why — not to us and our lawyers or Canada’s professional journalist associations, all of whom have written him formal letters in protest.
No, Nuttall went on the CBC to make his case that The Rebel is a “one person” enterprise, and furthermore, we’re “extremist.”
Even the CBC host wasn’t buying it!
I’ll play you clips from his trainwreck interview, then talk to my guests Lorne Hunter and Sheila Gunn Reid about the UN’s refusal to allow any dissent from its “global warming” talking points.
Finally, I’ll tell you what our next step is in this fight for press freedom.
Go to LetUsReport.com for all the ways you can help us get to Marrakech. Because we’re going anyway. Some UN censor isn’t going to stop us!…
Forget Paris: France Drops Carbon Tax Plan
The French government is set to drop plans to introduce a carbon tax, French financial daily Les Echos said on Thursday. The newspaper, quoting several sources, said the socialist government will not include the carbon tax in a draft 2016 budget update currently being discussed. Environment Minister Segolene Royal had said in May that France would unilaterally introduce a carbon price floor of about 30 euros ($33) a tonne with a view to kickstart broader European action to cut emissions and drive forward the December 2015 United Nations-led international climate accord. The plan had pushed power prices higher in the spring. Les Echos quoted a source as saying that the measure is too complicated to put in place and might be unconstitutional. The paper said that state-owned electric utility EDF, which produces mostly carbon-free nuclear power, was in favor of the measure, but that gas utility Engie SA had lobbied against the tax because it would make its gas-fired power plants less competitive than similar plants in neighboring countries. A source close to the French government told Reuters that nothing had been decided yet on the carbon tax but confirmed there were doubts about it. Full story see also: Nicholas Sarkozy Turns Climate Sceptics In Battle For Élysée
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