UPDATE: Since I wrote this post about TVNZ banning climate sceptic Lord Monckton, it so happens that I myself have been invited to appear on Close-Up tonight to talk about race issues. Should this drive more visitors here, I’m promoting this post to the home page so it’s the first thing they see! I saw and met Monckton today in Wellington and his accounts of similar attempts by the Left to shut him down and smear him were chilling. I’ll be posting on the experience soon. Now on with this post of two days’ ago…
You may recall the recent Close-Up interview with global cooling-warming (take your pick — he does) proponent James Hansen.
And do you recall which sceptic our government TV channel brought in to debate with him to provide balance?
That’s because they didn’t make him debate anyone.
(The science is settled, remember?)
Now fast forward to this week. Same programme. Same channel. Same issue.
Only this time, the visiting climateer is a sceptic — with a flair for political incorrectitude.
He’s none other than Margaret Thatcher’s former science advisor Lord Christopher Monckton, here for a few days after a rip-roaring tour of Australia.
Now whatever else Monckton may be, he’s not boring. He’s articulate, amusing and opinionated, in the great tradition of British celebs.
In other words, he’s great television.
So why won’t TVNZ let him on?
Because they can’t find anyone to debate him.
Seems at government TV, only the sceptics get challenged. Warmists — even confused ones who used to be coolists — just get believed.
We’ll come back to TVNZ’s obvious bias later.
But isn’t there something fishy about not one of our loud, proud warm-mongers being prepared to defend their position on this supposed crisis?
After all, the government has just conspired to ratchet up the price of your food and petrol and most everything else.
Why? Because of the supposed desperate need to impose a carbon trading scheme on our already struggling economy.
So wouldn’t you think Nick Smith would be itching to get stuck into the guy who’s been telling him for years that the climate crisis is a hoax?
Or John Key, who used to agree it was a hoax — till he figured there were more votes in saying it wasn’t?
Or any number of Greens, those brave eco-warriors whose relentless pessimism and loathing for their species got us into this mess?
Or one of the eleven experts at the so-called Victoria University climate debate I went to and blogged about — all of them clustered courageously on the same side?
Why doesn’t even one of these ‘believers’ have the courage to defend their position against the man they like to dismiss as a ‘potty peer’ and a ‘swivel-eyed loon’?
Seems Monckton is a man the warm-mongers love to hate, but hate to debate.
Seems that after all their huff and puff about the science being settled, Messrs Key, Smith, Norman, Trenberth and co. are decidedly unsettled by the thought of being found out.
(As, of course, was Al Gore.)
Of course, they’ll say tangling with Monckton is beneath them. He’s a nutter. Must be. Listen to that posh voice! Get a load of those big bug eyes!
(The result of an hereditary condition, oddly enough unconnected with the ability to think.)
No mention of why Margaret Thatcher would choose him out of thousands to advise her on matters scientific. They didn’t dub Maggie the Iron Lady for being soft in the head.
If these climate sages are so sure of their case, why not front up and use their superior logic to shut Monckton up once and for all?
Isn’t that what a real expert would do?
What does their mass no-show tell you about the honesty of our nation’s climate scientists and cabinet ministers?
And prime minister?
And anyway, why does TVNZ feel the need to have anyone at all debate Monckton? Why not apply the same standards to the sceptic as they applied to the scaremonger/warmist/coolist?
Is TVNZ trying to outdo the Biased BBC?
New evidence of eco-exaggeration
How ironic that Close-Up’s attempt to close down the climate debate should come in the same week as the Daily Mail ran this story:
Climate change far less serious than ‘alarmists’ predict says NASA scientist
Dr Roy Spencer, who works on the space agency’s temperature-monitoring satellites, claimed they showed ‘a huge discrepancy’ between the real levels of heating and forecasts by the United Nations and other groups.
After looking at the levels of radiation in the atmosphere over the past ten years, he believes the Earth releases a lot more heat into space than previously thought.
In other words, the computer models were wrong — just as thousands of sceptics (sorry, deniers; sorry, denialists) have been saying.
Now, come to think of it, this is not the first time I’ve heard about global heat escaping harmlessly into space. I first heard a leading sceptic bring it to light about two years ago.
And which sceptic would that have been?
You guessed it: the apparently not-so-mad Monckton.
I’ll be at his Wellington talk on Friday. I hope to see you there. (Whether you see him on state telly is another matter.)
For details of how to see Lord Monckton in Auckland on Thursday, Wellington on Friday and Whangarei on Saturday, hurry to the Climate Realists website.
Warm-mongers pressure PRINZ into pulling plug
Neil and Esther Henderson have been doing an excellent job bringing a dose of sanity to the climate debate — and Lord Monckton to New Zealand.
But one of Monckton’s scheduled events lost its original sponsor thanks to pressure from our brave eco-exaggerators.
Rest assured, though, Neil and Esther have saved the day.
Read this excerpt from their latest newsletter to see what they’ve been up against:
PRINZ, having volunteered to host two of the public events, has received an overwhelming barrage of negative publicity for their gall in allowing someone whose opinions are perceived as being ‘outside the politically correct mantra’ to speak in public.
PRINZ hunted far and wide to find someone to oppose Monckton in a debate and was unable to find anyone willing to front up.
PRINZ was prepared to continue and turn the debate into a ‘discussion’, but the vitriolic hatemail continued to such an extent that PRINZ has now made the decision to pull out of the Auckland event, and we, the CLIMATE REALISTS have taken over the arrangements.
Well done, that couple.
(And a brickbat to PRINZ for being cowed — but a bouquet for still going ahead with their Wellington event.)
The organisers of the business luncheon with Lord Monckton on Thursday have also received some very strongly worded correspondence questioning their integrity in hosting Lord Monckton and urging them (pressuring them!) to cancel.
Are business people are made of sterner stuff than communication people? Surely not!
Neil and Esther continue:
People, this is horrific!!!
What has happened to free speech in New Zealand?
We would like to urge every single one of you who is concerned about what is going on here, to contact Close Up firstname.lastname@example.org and challenge them about their decision not to interview Lord Monckton.
Do it now. I sent them this:
Your bias is showing
Mark and team,
I was going to say I can’t believe your cowardice in canning your interview with Christopher Monckton.
But then I guess I can.
If any of you at TVNZ still believe in free speech, I urge you to reconsider, stop being brainwashed by socialist liars, and let the man be heard.
Otherwise be prepared to incur the wrath of the blogosphere – a not-insignificant challenger to your supposed omnipotence.
Back to Esther and Neil:
Did Jim Salinger, Gareth Morgan, Rod Oram, Martin Manning, James Renwick, Kevin Trenberth, James Hansen….(think of anyone else you’ve heard prating the AGW mantra) need someone to present an alternative perspective before they were reported in the mainstream media?
We strongly believe Lord Monckton has a right to be heard. And we believe the public of New Zealand has a right to hear him and make up their own minds. There are an amazing number of accusations flying around the internet about Christopher Monckton. Here is a quote from one of our members who shall remain anonymous:
- “Until this week, I thought Christopher was a rather obscure eccentric Englishman, with a keen interest in mathematics and climate change and a talent for entertainment. “Now, after dredging through endless pages of biography by Greenpeace, Bickmere, Abraham, etc, I’ve discovered that he is an international celebrity of huge importance. “Whole libraries havebeen written about his exploits; newspapers and bloggers record his every move and mood; scholars minutely analyze his spoken word, correspondence, logo, status, etc; activist groups mobilise at his approach.“Seldom does little New Zealand have the opportunity to hear directly from an orator capable of generating such controversy and excitement on the world stage.”
For my money, Monckton did more than any other single person to inform the world about the Climategate scandal and the shonkiness of Al Gore’s movie, and to neuter the Copenhagen talkfest.
I confess I believed Gore at first.
I was wowed by the slickness and clarity of his PowerPoint show.
I loved the way he got up in that cherrypicker to highlight the hockey stick graph.
And I had no reason at all to doubt his facts. (Like the fact that his hockey stick graph was bogus.)
It took brilliant communicators like Monckton — and Bob Carter and Ian Wishart and Jo Nova — to alerted me to the depth of my own gullibility.
Neil and Esther:
We need to get out there and let people know that we have a right to doubt — we have a right to be skeptical about everything we are spoonfed by the media, and having just witnessed what manipulation goes on behind the scenes, we need to call the media to account and demand balanced reporting and open debate.
Damn right we do.
The real deniers are the scientists and journalists who try to deny us our right to be sceptical about scientists and journalists.
I know from personal experience that the media are far more interested in entertaining than informing. And if the facts aren’t entertaining enough, they just make up facts that are.
They need to be exposed every time they do that. Which is almost certainly many times a day.
I am, of course, rather sensitive to press bias, given that less than a month ago the Dominion Post refused to run ACT’s 40 true statements on the race issue.
What has happened to free speech indeed.