Here’s a little lesson in how the mainstream media can try to scare the daylights out of people with dire warnings about catastrophic climate change…only to be proven utterly wrong and exposed as, what one might reasonably term, hysterical hucksters.
In June 2008, ABC News announced with great fanfare an “exciting and important” program the network claimed would be an “unprecedented” news event — an exploration of a bleak and frightening future for the United States — a future bedeviled by the “perfect storm” of shrinking resources, population growth, and climate change…emphasis on climate change. ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff was embarking on his newly adopted reportorial mission of warning people about a potentially apocalyptic scenario of distress, deprivation, and death.
As NewsBusters reminds us of the 2008 broadcast on Good Morning America that introduced the project called Earth 2100:
Then-GMA co-anchor Chris Cuomo appeared frightened by this future world.
On June 13, 2008, ABCNews.com promoted the special by hyperventilating, “Are we living in the last century of our civilization?”
Woodruff and Cuomo did their best to build up the “news event” into must-see TV, trying to hype the hysteria to the point that viewers would have to watch…like people have to look at a horrible wreck along the roadway where mangled cars are bathed in the eerie flashes of red and blue light from emergency vehicles.
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The pair breathlessly promoted a special website to go along with the program — Earth2100.tv — which, curiously, is now a site that promotes advances in cosmetic surgery. Apparently, the fear of a frightful future because of man-caused climate change wasn’t enough to keep viewers engaged for the ABC News crew.
But the network has maintained a presence for the Earth 2100 project on its own website, where hysteria and hyperbole still rule the day with incredibly dramatic declarations.
It’s an idea that most of us would rather not face — that within the next century, life as we know it could come to an end. Our civilization could crumble, leaving only traces of modern human existence behind.
It seems outlandish, extreme — even impossible. But according to cutting edge scientific research, it is a very real possibility. And unless we make drastic changes now, it could very well happen.
The NewsBusters article on the Bob Woodruff climate change project notes how very wrong many of the so-called “predictions” offered by participants in the introductory story for the Earth 2100 project were. Some of those forward-looking warnings of doom and gloom were aimed at the very month and year in which we’re now living — June 2015.
“New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.”
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Ironically, one could say that the special website then associated with the ABC News “sky is falling unless we change our evil environmental ways” project has more appeal in its current incarnation — sharing “wonderful guidelines” for people who want to mold their faces to better suit the personal vision they have for themselves.
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