Ad Campaign Calls Out NBC’s Blacklisting of Climate-Change Dissent

‘That is not how science or scientists work…’

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(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) A leading free-market think tank launched a new ad campaign on Tuesday challenging NBC’s professed censorship of climate change dissent.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has taken issue with the network’s decision to blacklist anyone, no matter how credible, from the appearing on the vaunted Sunday morning news talk show “Meet the Press,” if they do not heed elite climate change alarmism—which just so happens to call for vast economic and political goals pushed by the liberal network.

“We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter and human activity is a major cause. Period,” said “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd at the outset of 2019.

“We’re not going to give time to climate deniers,” Todd said. “The science is settled, even if political opinion is not.”

CEI acknowledges legitimate, science-based climate debate, and the stunning implications of banning dissent.

The organization’s ad campaign is centered around a full-page ad appearing in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and a 30-second video spot which CEI attempted to run during “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Jan. 20.

Not surprisingly, NBC rejected the ad.

“That is not how science or scientists work,” ads read.

“Real-world data demonstrate that the policies supported by climate alarmists are unwarranted. Huge tax hikes and energy rationing will cripple our economy, especially hurting those who can least afford it,” the ad continues.

Following NBC’s announcement, climate scientist Roy Spencer blasted Todd’s “straw man argument” he used to justify the politicized news decision.

“I cannot think of a single credentialed, published skeptical climate scientist who doesn’t believe in the ‘existence’ of climate change, or that ‘the Earth is getting hotter,’ or even that human activity is likely a ‘major cause,’” wrote Spencer in a recent blog post.

“Pat Michaels, Richard Lindzen, Judith Curry, John Christy, and myself (to name a few) all believe these things. That journalists continue to characterize us as having extremist views shows just how far journalism has fallen as a (somewhat) respectable profession,” Spencer said.

CEI President Kent Lassman lamented that millions of Americans are no longer represented on the NBC’s longest running and most elite news show.

“NBC has made it perfectly clear they have no interest in hosting an open debate on climate change or policy alternatives for the environment, as evidenced by their decision to reject both guests on-air and paid ads during the program to give expert views shared by millions of Americans,” Lassman said.

Anyone who doubts that the network is actively courting spin-doctors over genuine experts need only look at NBC’s recent hiring of ex-Obama administration officials.

In addition to bringing on former Press Secretary Josh Earnest, they also hired as a political contributor Ben Rhodes—the brother of scandal-plagued, departing CBS News President David Rhodes.

As deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, a better title for Ben Rhodes would have been “chief White House propagandist.”

His claims to fame included coining the term “echo chamber” while boasting about how he sold Obama’s Iran deal to the media under false pretenses.

Rhodes was recently named as a potential witness, subject to deposition, in a transparency lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, which alleges that he helped craft the infamous talking points used by his boss, national security adviser Susan Rice, in September 2012 to deflect blame for the Benghazi terrorist attacks onto an innocent Coptic Christian who had posted a YouTube video.