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Perky Katie Couric separately interviewed both Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz about global cooling-warming/climate change, and the contrast is striking.

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina

Couric began questioning Ted Cruz with the statement, “97% of scientists agree that global warming is manmade.”

Cruz responded saying that the “97% of scientists” claim is based on a discredited study and that there hasn’t been any global warming in 17 years. “It’s not happening,” Cruz said.

Then Cruz talked about how the media pushed “Global Cooling” on us in the 1970’s, and whether it’s global cooling or global warming, the basic motive behind it is always the same: about increased government control of the economy. And then Cruz said that liberals changed the name to “climate change”, so they could always claim there was a problem regardless of whether it got hotter or colder. Cruz further said that the Democrats are abandoning union workers in favor of environmentalists, creating an opening for Republicans.

So Cruz started with a question meant to put him on the defensive, and turned it around to (a) disprove global warming (b) explain how it is scam used by the government to control us and (c) turn it into an opening to attract union voters. And he did it with a manner that was gentle and friendly and smart. …

When Couric asked Carly Fiorina if she thought man-made global warming was a problem, her response was quite telling:

[Fiorina] hemmed and hawed … that it wasn’t a problem compared to fighting ISIS and other issues, but didn’t want to answer the basic question. She also said that “a single nation acting [alone can make no difference at all]….” She says we have to focus on innovation, like clean coal. But she doesn’t answer the basic question until finally at the end, when asked for the fourth or fifth time, Carly admits that “climate change” is real [issue], just not as important as other issues.

Carly’s interview was bad for several reasons. First, she looked evasive on answering the basic, simple question of whether man-made climate change is real, and she looked evasive because she was evasive. Not good. Secondly, she got the answer wrong. As we all know, there has been no global warming for 17 or 18 years. Thirdly, while she correctly stated that the US could not solve the “problem” alone, she bought into the Left’s argument that there is a problem. She accepted the premise of their argument, and once she does that, she operates on the defensive. (Emphasis mine) After watching that interview a low-information voter might think “Well, even Republicans agree it’s real, now I have to figure out who is better on this issue.”

The neo-conservative National Review praised Fioria‘s global-warming answers in her interview with Couric.

For the candidates’ global-warming interviews on youtube, see Katie Couric Interviews Sen. Ted Cruz on Climate Change and Carly Fiorina makes mincemeat of interviewer Katie Couric – Climate change.

For more of the two commentaries, see What happens when Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina are compared head to head? and Carly Fiorina Shows How to Address the Left on Climate Change.

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Fox News Lurches Left as Murdoch’s Sons Take Control of Media Dynasty

By Jerry A. Kane

Rupert Murdoch handed over 21st Century Fox, the conglomerate behind Fox News, to sons James and Lachlan July 1, 2015. James is now CEO and Lachlan executive co-chairman. Last year Murdoch elevated his sons to prominent positions, James to co-COO and Lachlan to non-executive co-chairman, but the turnover of the conglomerate came sooner than expected.

For 15 years, Roger Ailes has enjoyed near total autonomy as head of Fox News, but Ailes’ sovereign rule ended abruptly with the move. A 21st Century Fox spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter from now on, “Roger will report to Lachlan and James.”

“For Ailes, it was a stinging smack-down and effectively a demotion.”

To say that Ailes and Murdoch’s son James have a strained relationship would be a bit of an understatement. James, whose wife once worked for the Clinton Foundation, is a rabid environmentalist who led the campaign to make News Corp a carbon-neutral company. Conversely, Ailes is a “fierce climate-change denier,” who allegedly has called James a “fucking dope” and “Fredo.”

Ailes was not notified of the management change in advance. Apparently, Murdoch has been convinced that Fox News will continue do well without Ailes at the helm. Last year Ailes took a leave of absence due to an illness, and the network’s ratings didn’t slide.

Now that control of Fox News has been given to Murdoch’s sons Ailes’ fair and balanced reporting and conservative punditry will soon fall by the wayside.

“I think the boys are back … yoked together in a sort of competitive collaboration,” said David Folkenflik, author of Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06:  FOX News anchors (L-R) Chris Wallace, Megan Kelly and Bret Baier moderate the first prime-time Republican presidential debate hosted at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 06: FOX News anchors (L-R) Chris Wallace, Megan Kelly and Bret Baier moderate the first prime-time Republican presidential debate hosted at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Last month at the behest of Ailes, Fox News gave Trump more airtime than any other candidate, and analysts and hosts made pro-Trump arguments and gushed over him. But then the network jumped the shark at the Republican Party’s first presidential primary debate in Cleveland, Ohio, last Thursday.

Murdoch’s message to blunt Trump’s rise in the polls came loud and clear over his social media and publishing outlets, and the Fox News debate moderators tried to destroy his candidacy in a single night by unleashing an all-out character assassination to discredit him.

“This wasn’t a debate, at least not like most of those I’ve seen. This was an inquisition.”—Frank Bruni, journalist, New York Times

Throughout the night, Fox News moderators, Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, and Megyn Kelly, deluged Trump with cheap shots and sophomoric “gotcha” questions, while pitting the candidates and the audience against him.

It was an obvious planned hit to destroy Trump’s candidacy, a failed bread and circus show that left viewers with nothing substantive but a foul taste in their mouths. Cyberspace erupted with “disappointing, disgusting, embarrassing, appalling, shocking, and shameful.”

In spite of the moderators’ collective efforts to take care of “This Trump Thing,” Trump managed to survive their inquisition, but the network that Ailes had built over the past 15 years did not. Fox News died a humiliating death at Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015, in front of 24 million viewers. In display of solidarity with its leftist alphabet and cable network counterparts, the network relinquished any pretense of credibility.

The weight of this sad time we must obey,

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.

The oldest hath borne most: we that are young

Shall never see so much, nor live so long.”

― William Shakespeare, King Lear

 

 

For more on the story, see Roger Ailes’s Demotion Signals Power Shift Within Murdoch Empire, THE FUTURE OF FOX: Murdoch’s sons taking over at 21st Century, and Rupert Murdoch Wants to Stop Donald Trump, But First He’s Got to Rein In Roger Ailes.

 

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Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) has suggested applying RICO laws to global warming skeptics:

The coordinated tactics of the climate denial network, Brulle’s report states, “span a wide range of activities, including political lobbying, contributions to political candidates, and a large number of communication and media efforts that aim at undermining climate science.” Compare that again to the findings in the tobacco case.

The tobacco industry was proved to have conducted research that showed the direct opposite of what the industry stated publicly — namely, that tobacco use had serious health effects. Civil discovery would reveal whether and to what extent the fossil fuel industry has crossed this same line. We do know that it has funded research that — to its benefit — directly contradicts the vast majority of peer-reviewed climate science. One scientist who consistently published papers downplaying the role of carbon emissions in climate change, Willie Soon, reportedly received more than half of his funding from oil and electric utility interests: more than $1.2 million.

For more on the story, see Senator: Use RICO Laws to Prosecute Global Warming Skeptics.

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Graham Enters the Fray

Graham’s a South Carolina Republican known for working with leftist Democrats and for promoting climate change legislation and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

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