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Last week more than 18,000 people apparently signed a petition that was sent to the ombudsman of PBS – an American television station whose full name is the Public Broadcasting Service. Here’s what that petition said:
Immediately investigate the NewsHour segment featuring climate change denier and conspiracy theorist Anthony Watts for violations of PBS standards on accuracy, integrity, and transparency, and recommend corrective action to ensure that such reporting never again occurs on PBS. [source, backup link]
If I were serving as ombudsman I doubt I would take seriously anyone who couldn’t make their point in a professional and polite manner. Was it really necessary to insult Watts, who runs the most-read climate change blog in the world? What purpose was served by labeling him a climate change denier and a conspiracy theorist? And shouldn’t people who hurl such accusations be required to supply some sort of proof?
But if we are never willing to listen to each other, especially to opposing views, then we can never actually learn anything!
Those 18,000 petition signers should hang their heads in shame.
There seems to be a lot of labeling going on at the moment in what seems like an attempt to suppress opposing views.. I guess it shows have fragile and fractured our society is at the moment.
I have often felt all these changes to our planet and our minds are almost in-tune with each other....
Sorry Puterman I suspect my meandering thoughts are probably off topic.. none the less, an interesting thread, thanks and it is interesting that the climate topic is seemingly becoming almost a religion to some, in context to how they respond and that there is a need to shout down anyone who opposes their view.