Monday, July 21, 2008
Prime climate doco found to be misleading but not offensive
Climate documentary 'broke rules'
The Great Global Warming Swindle, a controversial Channel 4 film, broke Ofcom rules, the media regulator says.
In a long-awaited judgement, Ofcom says Channel 4 did not fulfil obligations to be impartial and to reflect a range of views on controversial issues. The film also treated interviewees unfairly, but did not mislead audiences "so as to cause harm or offence". Plaintiffs say the Ofcom judgement is "inconsistent" and "lets Channel 4 off the hook on a technicality."
This ‘doco’ (and I use that word so broadly it loses definition) has been let off on a technicality, The Great Global Warming Swindle played on Prime and was possibly the most embarrassing piece of television Prime have ever produced with Leighton Smith of all people getting so many facts wrong that even the host Eric Young started to look worried about how this would effect his credibility and chances to ever get back to TVNZ. Leighton is a fucking moron and Primes claim by playing this ‘doco’ that the Earth is NOT warming because of man made pollution is the sort of thing only rich old white men who have benefited from the rampant unsustainable capitalism that has caused the problem would believe because who wants to ever think they are partially responsible for the destruction of the planet, could someone like Paul Henry ever admit that the greenies were right all along and he was wrong? As the science mounts that we really are in trouble the denial thrown up by those who have benefited from the system starts to reek not only of self interest but a certain level of bigotry towards an environmental movement they have spent a lifetime condemning.