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"Scientists OK Gore's Movie for Accuracy" NOT

By Michael Fumento

"Scientists OK Gore's Movie for Accuracy," declares the title of an AP story run by the Washington Post and countless other newspapers and news websites. The film, "An Incovenient Truth," tries to document both the actuality of man-made global warming and the incredible harm it will cause in the near future.

Yet you hardly have to read between the lines to find that the assertion is false. "The AP contacted more than 100 top climate researchers by e-mail and phone for their opinion. Among those contacted were vocal skeptics of climate change theory," said the writer. Problem is, only 19 responded; 81 of the scientists (that means 81%, AP), apparently weren't eager to comment. I wonder why not? I wonder why AP didn't wonder? Which again brings up the question: If man-made global warming is so very real and so very terrible, why do its proponents have to keep lying about it?

June 27, 2006 06:58 PM  ·  Permalink  ·  Environment

Debated on the Al Franken Show today and . . .

By Michael Fumento

. . . it was a bit like going to Ramadi. You had to be there to believe it. I liked the odds, three of them against me. Along with Franken, there was Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director and founder of the leftie Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and Jane Arraf, a press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the former Baghdad bureau chief for CNN. Asked if I thought Americans were getting the real story from Iraq, I said no and much of the blame lay with reporters who refuse to leave their Baghdad hotels. Instead they rely on wholly unreliable stringers. I said if they didn't have the guts to go out to get the stories, they had no place taking the slot of somebody else who might. Naturally Arraf leapt to the media's defense, talking about the dangers of being shot down by a missile while landing in Baghdad, the dangers of the airport road to the Green Zone . . . I cut her off. Nobody has ever been shot down landing at that airport and virtually nobody has been killed on that road this year. Reporters come in by armored bus or helicopter. She was spewing reporter bravado, I said, and I didn't want to hear it because there are brave reporters who truly do risk their lives. Here's where it gets unbelievable. She told me I had no idea how bad a Baghdad hotel could be! Holy cow! I just came back from being machine-gunned, mortared, and sniped and she's complaining that the linen is sometimes dirty at the Al Rashid?

Turns out I just couldn't win. Later Rieckhoff commented on my having left the womb of hotel land by saying there are civilians who just love seeing combat, giving it some derogatory name that I don't recall but basically equates with "adrenaline junkie." So get this. If you don't report from where the action is, you're a chickenhawk or chairborne ranger. If you DO, you're pathological. Thank you very much for that analysis, Paul! I hope the book you're hawking sells one copy and that when your mom is through with it she takes it back to the store for a refund.

June 23, 2006 06:29 PM  ·  Permalink  ·  Media

My Wkly Std cover story on "New Band of Brothers" posted

By Michael Fumento

Want the real deal on what's happening in Ramadi, the most terror-infested city in Iraq and "the graveyard of the Americans," as graffiti around town declare? It's in my new article "The New Band of Brothers: With the 101st Airborne in Ramadi." It includes lots of my photos and (in a first for me) streaming video. There's footage of two firefights, a near-sniping, and the horrific "Ramadi Run." If you hate me, it's all the more reason to read it since you'll enjoy watching me be shot at. Here's a sample.

If you're not donning body armor and a helmet halfway through the piece, I'll double your money back!

June 14, 2006 03:55 PM  ·  Permalink  ·  Iraq

Study says global warming may cause bear cannibalism

By Michael Fumento

According to CNN, "Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting to their natural food, a new study by American and Canadian scientists has found." Um, excuse me but isn't cannibalism merely a lifestyle choice? And aren't we all in favor of that, especially "alternative lifestyles," which would certainly describe cannibalism. Thank you!

June 13, 2006 06:23 PM  ·  Permalink  ·  Environment