Planet in Peril

cnn_women.jpgThat’s the name of a new documentary on the state of the Earth to air this coming Tuesday and Wednesday nights (23 and 24 October) on CNN. 

Normally, I shy away from anything that might be considered advertising.  But this looks like a good show.  And it got a little boost from the fact that NewsBusters (“Exposing liberal bias in the media”) is falling over themselves to dis it before it shows, with articles in the top slot just above their Ann Coulter banner ad, followed by the characteristic long string of thoughtfully considered, grammatically creative comments (sample: “And just how many scientists constitutes this majority? Save a SeAL, club a liberal!!”).  Although the show covers deforestation, species loss, and overpopulation, the bile from the right stems mainly from CNN’s pushing that tired old myth of global warming, dreamed up by Al Gore and the vast left-wing conspiracy of scientists (and somehow including such arch-liberals as Newt Gingrich, Rupert Murdoch, President Bush, and evangelist Pat Robertson, among others).  

cnn_polar_bears.jpgCNN must be doing something right. 

On the other hand, what marketing guru decided to schedule the show’s 2nd installment on the opening night of the World Series?!  Might have to record it, if I can figure out how to do that . . .

The series also includes a set of Resources for Educators.


About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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