Earth Hour 2009: Fox News Focuses on Critics… Of Course
At 8:30 PM local time on Saturday night, people around the globe celebrated Earth Hour by turning out the lights at home and on such landmarks as Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube, the Empire State Building in New York City, Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, to name a few.
But as the hour-long public display of unity cascaded through the timezones, not everyone was buying-in and Fox News was determined to give facetime to anyone who wasn’t.
Instead of focusing on the millions of people who turned their lights off and lit candles at home, or, those who went outside to public places to watch city lights dim with their neighbors, coverage of the event from the right-of-center Fox keyed in on the far-right-of-center punditry, featuring “experts” from the Freedom Alliance, a nonprofit organization founded by Oliver North and the Foundation for the Protection of Democracies.
>>Watch the Fox News piece on Earth Hour 2009
To provide even more “balance” Fox gave the “Skeptical Environmentalist,” Bjorn Lomborg, more undeserved attention. Lastly, former U.S. representative to the United Nations during the Bush administration, John Bolton also spoke out against the effort.
‘Earth Hour a vehicle for UN’s agenda of wealth redistribution’
“It’s an attention-grabbing gesture that they expect to pay off for them big time,” Claudia Rosett of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told FOX News. “For the U.N., climate change is the biggest cash cow of all time. They expect it to pay off for them big-time at the enormous and unaffordable expense of this and future generations,” said Rosett.
“It’s like a lot of what the U.N. does — it’s a gimmick, it’s empty, it’s shallow and it’s not going to lead to anything,” said Thomas Kilgannon, president of Freedom Alliance.
According to Fox, “Critics like Rosett say the U.N.’s role in Earth Hour is merely the public face of its much larger push to reorder the world’s economy with new taxes, tariffs and subsidies for greenhouse gas abatement.”