Quotes of the Week: ‘Light bulb moment’ for CNN chief – Pat Sajak goes nuclear

qotw_croppedI think the light bulb may have gone on with this guy. From TalkingPointsMemo:

In addition to being mocked for its breathless coverage of Flight 370, CNN has also been under fire for the way it has covered climate change. Zucker on Monday defended the network’s approach to the issue. 

“Climate change is one of those stories that deserves more attention, that we all talk about,” he said, “but we haven’t figured out how to engage the audience in that story in a meaningful way. When we do do those stories, there does tend to be a tremendous amount of lack of interest on the audience’s part.”

Translation: Nobody cares. ZZZZzzzz.

In other news…

Game show host Pat Sajak caused a major uproar in social media circles on Tuesday, writing on Twitter Monday night that “global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends.”

That’s unfortunate. A number of global warming alarmists I know are in fact patriotic and not racists, but they are severely misguided in their belief system.

But, I laughed at this one from Sajak:

 

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135 thoughts on “Quotes of the Week: ‘Light bulb moment’ for CNN chief – Pat Sajak goes nuclear

  1. Wow.

    What, 40% of Americans are unpatriotic racists misleading others for their own ends?

    Those who live in ivory towers think the world is a very small place: their tower and the moat below it.

  2. If they are 40% of the population, gee, they are very well educated country. Or their standards for scholarly achievement is very low.

  3. I hope this doesn’t end Sajak’s career. Leftists are killing the careers of those who disagree with them like crazy right now.

  4. Pamela Gray: Pat Sajak is one of that rare breed; Hollyweird people who are nevertheless quite conservative. He’s the host of “Wheel of Fortune”.

  5. Presumably he was being facetious in his “unpatriotic” tweet, responding in effect to some alarmist who’d made that claim.

  6. philincalifornia says:
    May 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Vanna’s almost certainly responsible for more global warming than is CO2.
    _____________
    Good 1

  7. He is over 30 (never trust . . .) and part of the 1 %. Likely he will be trashed.
    However, I’ll raise a glass to him.

  8. While dropping the race card here is rather foolish (and has nothing to do with alarmism, really), his comment of the lefties being un-patriotic is not unreasonable. If patriotism is measured by a love of one for their nation, then I would agree. How many times have we heard the filth in the green camp rave about how great it would be if we were run by a dictator to fix everything? How superior socialist countries are? How America is run by greed, its people needing to be punished for their sins to Gaia? The blind, unsubstantiated patriotism at the other end of the spectrum isn’t any better, but that doesn’t invalidate Mr. Sajak’s point.

  9. … a tremendous amount of lack of interest…

    That is entirely consistent with the alarming lack of a rising sea level and the catastrophic lack of increasing global temperature.

  10. “My God, don’t you know the seas are rising? They’ve been rising for more than a century and a half!”

    “Really? That’s terrible. How much did they rise?”

    “In a century and a half? About seven inches.”

    “Seven inches?”

    “Yes.”

    “Oh.”

    “Indeed.”

    “Did you watch the game last night?”

  11. In the International Express an English paper for Australian ex pats. There was an article written about the effect on the climate using those low watt globes. At the time they didn’t work on dimmer light systems. But bio fuels were more heavily taxed than normal petrol and were dearer to buy. But the comment I liked most and made me laugh, was ‘Low watt bulbs will do nothing to change the climate, it is like tossing a sugar cube into Loch Ness, hoping to make the water sweeter.’ About sums it up and that was 10 years ago.

  12. Avid leftism is a near universal trait of the alarmist majority of supercomputer climate model enthusiasts and these self same people also call for anti-Asian racist quotas for the central defining career advancement event of our era, college admissions, and that’s not just verbal “racism” but actual discrimination. They *are* racists, quite objectively. They can’t shut up about it, or at least they quite firmly support those who turn nearly every issue into a anti-white and anti-Asian racial one, preposterously and hypocritically.

  13. Anyone who even partially agrees with Sajak obviously marched against civil rights, advocates the arming of all grammar school students with assault rifles, hates poor people, animals, the elderly and foreigners, shuns science and technology, tortures insects for fun and wants a world full of filthy air and water for our children to slog through. “Strength through Pollution” could be our motto!
    No wonder the lefties hate us.

  14. oh for one Sajak at “our” ABC in Australia, which has been studiously playing down or not even reporting this continuing saga:

    21 May: Australian: Leo Shanahan: Faulty solar part ‘caused office blaze’
    A FAULTY circuit breaker of a type installed in more than 25,000 rooftop solar panels in NSW and Queensland was responsible for a fire at an office block in Sydney that forced the evacuation of 20 people.
    Fire and Rescue NSW has confirmed that a fire at a Parramatta office block late last year, during which a solar PV system caught alight, was caused by the same Avanco-branded DC isolator that is the subject of recall orders by NSW and Queensland.
    Originating in the switch room for the solar PV system, the Parramatta fire triggered an automatic fire alarm about noon on December 13, and led to the evacuation of at least 20 people. There were no injuries…
    Commissioner Robert Vellar said up to 3740 isolators were sold to 19 distributors in NSW.
    “Testing has revealed the switch’s enclosure is not adequate as it allows in moisture that may cause sparks and in some cases fire,” he said.
    “Although NSW Fire and Rescue has responded to only one incident linked to the faulty switches, 57 similar incidents have been reported in Queensland.”…
    Mr Vellar said that while Fair Trading issued a warning that the isolator should be turned off following the Queensland recall of 27,000 of the isolators on May 12, an official recall could allow customers to pursue legal rights.
    He said consumers should not attempt to replace the switches themselves.
    “If you think you have a faulty isolator switch on your solar panel system, contact your installer and arrange for an inspection,” he said…
    Mr Hungerford (Advancetech/TRO Pacific Holdings) has not returned requests for comment.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/faulty-solar-part-causedoffice-blaze/story-e6frgczx-1226924558495

    20 May: SMH: Beau Donelly: Rise in consumer complaints over solar power
    Complaints about rooftop solar panels have jumped markedly as more Victorians have taken up cheap offers in the ***booming green energy market.
    The number of people contacting the state’s consumer watchdog about solar electricity systems increased from five a month in 2007 to 183 a month this year.
    Largely about faulty units, poor installation, service delays and difficulty in cancelling contacts, the complaints have pushed solar power systems into the top five products reported to Consumer Affairs Victoria, alongside furniture, white goods and clothing.
    The more serious complaints have been made over sales of defective equipment and failure to honour contracts – allegations that led the watchdog last week to issue a warning about Melbourne supplier Sunburst Solar…
    It follows prosecutions of two solar companies earlier this year, one of which was fined $60,000 for consumer law breaches.
    The increase in complaints has come as the popularity of solar systems has surged. Driven by government incentives, the falling costs of solar panels and rising electricity prices, more than 126,000 systems were sold in two boom years.
    (SO BUSINESS IS NOT BOOMING) Sales fell in 2013 as government incentives were wound back. But calls to the watchdog remain as high as they did during the peak, with more than 2000 a year.,,
    Ms Noone said consumers reported difficulties connecting their system to the grid and alleged the company provided faulty panels and inverters, failed to reimburse shortfalls in feed-in tariff incentive payments and could not be reached for warranty claims…
    Sunburst issued a statement through its lawyers saying it was committed to addressing any complaints. ”Sunburst Solar is not aware of any client with an outstanding complaint or issue relating to any installation or agreement … and would encourage any client with such a grievance to contact the company, at which point a solution and rectification will be forthcoming,” it said.
    ASIC records show that Sunburst chief executive Robin Grainger is a director or shareholder in a series of other solar or energy companies. There is no suggestion any of the other businesses have acted inappropriately.
    The Consumer Affairs warning follows legal action against two solar companies earlier this year.
    Solareco Pty Ltd was fined $60,000 last month for making false representations and Ballarat-based Bailey Designed Engineering was forced to close after losing a series of legal battles over faulty equipment.
    Ms Noone said solar suppliers flooding the market in recent years led to some aggressive marketing tactics, misleading practices and substandard products, but was not a reflection of the whole industry. ”We’re not saying it isn’t a reputable industry, but certainly it’s relatively new,” she said.

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/rise-in-consumer-complaints-over-solar-power-20140519-38k8b.html

  15. but is ever so concerned about this, which gets the full treatment, with AUDIO! LOL.

    20 May: ABC Rural: Matt Brann: Carbon credits from culling feral animals hits the dust
    Plans to cull feral animals in exchange for carbon credits has been gunned down by the latest policy change to Australia’s struggling carbon market.
    Dr Tim Moore from NetPositive has spent years working on a methodology for culling feral camels in exchange for credits under the Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).
    He says when in Opposition, Environment Minister Greg Hunt was supportive of the proposal, but that support appears to have been lost.
    “The Federal Government has released amendments to the Carbon Credits Act, which in small print at the back, says the Federal Government no longer believes that removing feral animals for an emissions reduction purpose is viable or important to Australia’s international commitments,” he said.
    “So those opportunities have been removed from the legislation and I think that’s a bad decision to be completely honest
    Audio: Troubles in the carbon market(ABC Rural)
    “The Federal Government knows feral animals create methane and emit methane, but they don’t think the emissions reduction fund, is a way to use markets to solve the problem of feral animal management in Australia.”
    Without a financial incentive to cull, Dr Moore believes feral camel populations will explode***…
    “One of the problems the carbon market is facing is the uncertainty created by constant changing of government policy positions.
    “It’s making it very difficult to make long term investment decisions,” he said…

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-20/feral-animal-carbon-credits-hit-the-dust/5462872

    ***given the topic “explode” is surely a poor choice of words.

  16. “That’s unfortunate. A number of global warming alarmists I know are in fact patriotic and not racists, but they are severely misguided in their belief system.”

    Define patriotism? Is being patriotic loving your land area, people, government or culture? Governments will call you unpatriotic if you hate them but is the government the country. People with different political or different socioeconomic backgrounds will have different definitions of patriotism. Marxists define patriotism differently from conservatives. In other words you can be using the same words but mean totally different things and therefore talking about different values without realizing it. For me as an Australian, the USA is defined by the constitution. Freedom of speech and property and the right to bear arms to defend those rights. Yet you Americans let the constitution get trashed by judges who toe the government party line.
    States are constitutionally allowed to split from the union. How will patriotism be defined when that happens?
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    The definition Guy says:
    May 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Anyone who even partially agrees with Sajak obviously marched against civil rights, advocates the arming of all grammar school students with assault rifles, hates poor people, animals, the elderly and foreigners, shuns science and technology, tortures insects for fun and wants a world full of filthy air and water for our children to slog through. “Strength through Pollution” could be our motto!
    No wonder the lefties hate us.””

    You are full of crap mate. The most polluted country in the world is China (I lived there for 12 years so I know what I am talking about) and they are left wing. They also hate poor people, mentally disabled, science and technology is copied from America etc etc. Lefties hate conservatives because they view conservatives as rich and themselves as the downtrodden masses. Ask a Leftie to share his/her wealth – won’t happen.

  17. ***UBS’s “tea-party” quote is surely a contender for quote of the week!

    21 May: Business Spectator: Reuters: UBS slashes EU carbon price forecast
    Swiss investment bank UBS slashed its year-end EU carbon price forecast by 23 per cent due to the weaker-than-expected market impact of the bloc’s plan to cut the supply of carbon permits…
    Analysts at the bank now predict front-year EU Allowance (EUA) prices will end the year at around 10 euros per tonne, down from a previous forecast of 13 euros.
    With prices at around 4.70 euros on Tuesday, the updated view still represents a more-than 100 per cent premium on current levels…
    Under the EU plan, dubbed ‘backloading’, the bloc will this year withdraw 400 million carbon permits from its market in a bid to lift prices back towards double digits.
    A total 900 million units are scheduled to be withheld from government sales in 2014-2016 and released at the end of the decade.
    UBS said EUA prices remain subdued due to several factors including a mild European winter, lower-than-expected emissions under the scheme in 2013, and reduced hedging of forward power sales by utilities…
    UBS said that the crisis in Ukraine has also shifted EU politicians’ focus away from reforming the European carbon market…
    He added that success by Eurosceptic parties at this week’s European Parliament elections was unlikely to cause delays to proposed reforms.
    ***”The likely rise of the ‘tea parties’ is not a significant threat to EU carbon policy in our view, thanks to a solid majority of established parties close to the political centre,” he said, referring to the politically conservative Tea Party movement in the United States

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/5/21/carbon-markets/ubs-slashes-eu-carbon-price-forecast

  18. 21 May: South China Morning Post: Cheung Chi-fai: Sun sets on joint Hong Kong-Shenzhen solar project
    The first-ever collaborative project between Hong Kong and Shenzhen to create solar cells for power generation will come to an end this year after a subsidiary of American chemical giant DuPont pulled out.
    The project’s end came with the announcement from DuPont’s local subsidiary, DuPont Apollo, that it was stopping production in the region of silicon thin-film modules, which are used in solar cells.
    That dealt a blow to cross-border efforts to establish the region as a hub for the research, development and production of solar power technology…
    DuPont Apollo had aspired to become one of the world’s top three providers of thin-film photovoltaic modules by next year…
    DuPont Apollo chairman Chuck Xu Chengzeng cited a flagging market for the decision to pull the plug on the project.
    “The state of the silicon thin-film solar module market segment has changed dramatically in recent years and market conditions for this segment continue to deteriorate,” he said…
    About 100 scientists and engineers would be transferred within the group or paid to leave, a person with knowledge of the operation said.
    The production facility in Shenzhen, which came into full operation in 2010, will be suspended but the person believed the factory might be modified for new uses.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1516775/sun-sets-joint-hong-kong-shenzhen-solar-project

  19. I understand that a Tweet contains no more than 140 characters, including spaces, surely not enough for subtleties or fine distinctions. [That sentence would barely fit in a Tweet.] Pat’s tweet may have an issue or two–but look at who bridled at it! If it makes Mann respond in such a way, there must be some truth in it.

  20. I also know a few global warming alarmists who are not unpatriotic racists.

    Besides the tweets mentioned, Pat Sajak also tweeted:

    “Taking next few weeks off. Computer models have already determined winners.”

  21. I presume that the “racist” jab was about the way the green movement, and the warmistas in particular, are keeping Africa in energy poverty. The “unpatriotic” part I suspect is a reference to the overwhelming anti-capitalist ideology on the green left, and this DOES include the alarmist climatologists. These people are definitely anti-liberty and in the land of liberty that is unpatriotic.

    Still, not wise and not helpful to put out those kinds of comments without an explanation.

  22. Pamela Gray says:
    May 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Who is Pat Sajak?

    If you have ever heard of the Robin Williams movie “Good Morning Vietnam”, you might be interested in knowing Pat Sajak had a bit part in the back story. In 1968 when the famed Armed Forces Radio announcer Adrian Cronauer, who coined the phrase “Good Morning Vietnam”, left the war zone, he was replaced by Pat Sajak. Pat was also a television weatherman in Nashville before becoming the host of “Wheel of Fortune.

  23. Last years was the “30th Anniversary” of Wheel of Fortune. Nevermind that it actually started 7 years before, with Chuck Woolery as host. The network was paying him a pittance to do the show so he got fed up and quit. Then Sajak was hired, at a salary higher than what Woolery was asking for.

    “You bought that, it’s yours to keep.” Chuck’s line from the time when Wheel contestants had to spend all their winnings on prizes, informing them that hitting the Bankrupt space wouldn’t take away their prizes.

    Most of the tapes of the Chuck Woolery years of Wheel were erased or destroyed.

  24. I like this Zucker quote: “So we’re still there whenever that happens, but we’re going to supplement that with some different kind of storytelling,”

    I’m also a bit flabbergasted that a “news” organization will not cover a Congressional hearing about events that led to the deaths of several US citizens, including an ambassador.

  25. Doug Proctor says:
    May 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm
    Wow.

    What, 40% of Americans are unpatriotic racists misleading others for their own ends?

    =====================================================================

    Don’t forget 97% of scientists!

  26. Just got back from a tour of the West. Vast fields of windmills in several states. Not only eyesores, bird chop-a-matics but, at best, one in ten even moving, much less “spinning”. It the “patriots” want to spend on the being “sustainable”, use nuke power stations and add hydrocarbon recovery and processing to manufacture them. Called recycling. Bulid them alongside pipelines.

    I’m betting the removal of those useless appendages will likely cost more than to build them – if they are ever removed. More probable is the preservations making each one an historic marker with it’s own plaque.

  27. ron in austin says:
    May 21, 2014 at 3:33 am
    I like this Zucker quote: “So we’re still there whenever that happens, but we’re going to supplement that with some different kind of storytelling,”

    I’m also a bit flabbergasted that a “news” organization
    =============================

    It’s not news, it’s storytelling. More precisely, “we make stuff up”.

  28. +1 for Sajak.If you’ve heard Harry Reid on the US Senate floor over the past month calling conservatives/CAGW Skeptics racists, unpatriotic, etc then I think you might know who Pat Sajak was making fun of with his tweets. Pat was just flipping the script. The same can be done by calling CAGW Believers, deniers. They deny the facts and live in a fairy tale model. They deny the pause. Deniers. Pat just flipped the script on Harry Reid.

  29. cedarhill says:
    May 21, 2014 at 3:53 am
    It the “patriots” want to spend on the being “sustainable”…..

    ======================

    If they want to spend on being “sustainable”, they should spend their own money, not mine.

  30. CNN tanking, why? Zucker forgot rule #1 in Network news. If it bleeds it leads. In other words, you give the audience what it wants if you want to stay in business. He is admitting that CNN does not care about news or audiences.

    As for Sajak, given his history, I laughed. His tweet is pure sarcasm on the methods employed by the left.

  31. He has a point, the white race is almost exclusivley blamed for all climate evil. Policies enacted to stop AGW are often destructive to the countries that propose them. If you blame people because of their race and knowingly harm your own country, well Pats right.

  32. The definition Guy says:

    May 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Anyone who even partially agrees with Sajak obviously marched against civil rights, advocates the arming of all grammar school students with assault rifles, hates poor people, animals, the elderly and foreigners, shuns science and technology, tortures insects for fun and wants a world full of filthy air and water for our children to slog through.

    Dang, you defined me perfectly – except for the “…obviously marched against civil rights, advocates the arming of all grammar school students with assault rifles, hates poor people, animals, the elderly and foreigners, shuns science and technology, tortures insects for fun and wants a world full of filthy air and water for our children to slog through” part.

    As for this:

    I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends.

    I agree that calling the alarmists “racists” is both incorrect and unfortunate. An Alarmist may think they are patriotic, as I’m sure President Obama does, but that doesn’t mean that their actions are always in the best interest of the Republic for which they should stand.

    Also, some Alarmists may be unknowingly misleading since they believe what they are repeating and are not aware that they’ve been duped.

    Just an observation.

  33. Pat, it’s important that we all be totally accurate. Warmists are not “unpatriotic racists.”
    They are DUMB unpatriotic racists. I’m glad I straightened that out.

  34. The warministias want to increase, drastically, the price of energy. Who do you think this hurts the most? The rich? Or the Poor?
    That’s right, the poor. I knew you could do it!

    Now think which group of our country has a larger percentage of poor.

    Also, consider that almost everyone who criticizes the presidents policies is called racisist.

    Maybe Pat’s terminology isn’t so far out as most of you think.

  35. Well, I don’t know if Sajak was speaking in earnest. Rather, I wonder if he was just making fun of the likes of Sharpton, Al Gore, Hoard Dean, and others who would label skeptics “deniers” and accuse them of racism. In considering the way the groupthinkosphere reacted, it certainly underscored the double standard.

  36. Pat Sajak used to have a regular Conservative blog. I suspect the network told him to tone it down to avoid losing viewers. He’s very aware of current events. Don’t let the “game show host” thing fool you, he only works one day a week taping shows so has a lot of free time to do other things. I genuinely like his take on the political wars.

    Youtube has a LOT of Chuck Woolery Wheel of Fortune episodes.

    Taking a tweet out of context can make virtually any “tweeter” look like a fool…

  37. “Racist” is like “denialist” in that they have become meaningless. People who are concerned about AGW are not “racist” whatever that means. If we are ever to resolve this issue, we must recognize that it is not a zero sum game. People who hold views contrary to others are not thereby immoral or evil. They just have a different opinion.

    The words “denier” and “denialist” have been extremely damaging to any attempt to come to terms with this issue. The best way to counter the sue of such damaging epithets is to rise above them and to meet hostility with good will. I can remember the scene when Nelson Mandela entered the stadium at the rugby championship wearing a Springbok’s uniform. We can’t compare the situation that he faced with that of AGW but perhaps we can emulate him in his greatness in dealing with anger and mistrust.

  38. Policies adopted to address global warming absolutely disproportionately affect brown and black folks around the world. Just as the drug war is racist, so too is the carbon war. These policies will, and in some places have, increase the cost of energy. We’ve seen the amazing things access to cheap energy can do and it is madness to suggest others shouldn’t have that same access.

  39. I’ve heard it said, “Twitter is like a loaded gun without a safety”. So handle it with extreme care, or don’t touch it at all. ;->

  40. Pat Sajak has been skeptical about CAGW for years. I’d guess he got pushed so much so often that he lost his temper. Perfectly understandable.

  41. I think what Pat Sajak was referring to without going into detail (often necessary in this sound-bite and 140-character-limit world) was the malthusian, misanthopic watermelons who want to wipe out everyone else but them (and their elite friends). The proponents of wealth redistribution and CAGW are the same lot pushing “rewilding” and population control.

    Racists, yes … against the human race…

  42. Are you sure that’s really Game show host Pat Sajak??

    Must be uber-confident in his job security.

  43. Marshall Shepherd, some weather dude who once headed some once respectability organization is tweeting about his blog post about the Sajak tweet. Could someone read it for me and tell me what he says. I can’t stand reading crap from warmists myself.

  44. Considering how AGW alarmists too often describe skeptics, I think Pat’s reference to “unpatriotic” and “racist” was facetious. Unfortunately, too many are missing that, including the alarmists reporting his comment.

    “Very hot weather: ‘We’re all going to die!’ Very cold weather: ‘There’s a difference between climate & weather, moron!'”

    So true. I’ll be using that myself.

  45. In Pat’s defense, he didn’t say that everyone who believes in global warming is an unpatriotic racist. Just the alarmists. I’m pretty sure he was referencing the leaders of the movement, not the useful idiots who tag along.

  46. CNN is in a steady decline and I predict will be essentially defunct by 2020…nobody cares about them anymore…

    This is also a good opportunity to remind folks to remove all of your CAGW-promoting MSM links and apps from your computers and mobile devices, and this includes weather information sites like “weather underground”. Any time you click on their links or their sponsors links, you put money in their pockets. Also, make note of their sponsors and consider whether or not you wish to do business with them…

  47. I love the those who love govt actually seem to believe that if you oppose any environmental regulation, it means that you want there to be no environmental regulations. If you oppose any program that allegedly is going to help the poor, it means you want there to be no welfare, public or private.
    It’s no wonder the left hates us. They are idiots.

  48. Kate Forney says:
    May 21, 2014 at 3:58 am
    ——
    By definition, spending other people’s money is not sustainable.

  49. Pamela Gray says:
    May 21, 2014 at 5:43 am
    —–
    I love the way some people actually believe that your job defines you.
    He hosts a game show, therefore he must be an idiot.
    On the other hand if you get paid to stand in front of a camera and mouth words that other people wrote, you must be a genius.

  50. I suppose that we’ll find out in due time what Sajak meant. I suspect that’s it’s just a dose of the same nonsense that the left in American politics is doing on a daily basis…where the race card has seemingly replaced all others in the deck it’s played so frequently. My guess is Sajak is throwing a little irony into the discussion.

  51. I think Pat was trying to make the point that any number of alarmists are, in fact, lying to us. That this is not a scholarly disagreement, but one in which many alarmists are actively trying to deceive the public on with assertions they know to be untrue. Having followed this debate for many years now, I have to agree. One cannot assume good will on the part of the AGW community.

    As for being patriotic, I believe Pat means that the AGW crowd would happily see the country reduced to penury to meet their agenda. He thinks that’s unpatriotic. It depends on the importance one places on prosperity. Some people–people who consider themselves patriots–believe that global warming is impending doom and that penury is worth it. I think people can disagree about what constitutes “patriotic” in the debate.

  52. I think Mr. Sajak was simply dishing out what we on the political right have to take every day
    If you disagree with President Obama it is because you are racist. If you want secure borders, you are racist. If you want to control spending, you hate the poor, etc. etc. as nauseam, ad infinitum, with variations.

    How people are responding to him demonstrates how silly the political left sounds to the political right, only the right does not have the backing of the government, “educational” institutions and mainstream media.

  53. Too blanket a statement (“racists”) by Sajak. The people at the very top – in the UN, top policy makers at institutions like the IPCC, some people at top levels of some western governments, etc – are indeed racists. The majority – the low-level grunts/foot soldiers – typically are not racists. Once again, the term “useful idiots” comes to mind., especially when it comes to the media and entertainment worlds.

  54. I’m a news junky, but when I switch over to CNN it’s rare when I think “That’s interesting.”

    CNN went on for weeks and weeks about the missing jetliner, spouting some of the most inane drivel I’ve heard from a news organziation.

  55. Pamela Gray (and others)

    Pat Sajak doesn’t need a defender (especially me), but he’s a well known (and read) columnist. I’ve always found his articles thoughtful and well written. You can read some of them here at Ricochet and at Human Events, among others.

  56. Pamela Gray says:
    May 21, 2014 at 5:43 am

    You have got to be kidding me. Wheel of Fortune???? Get outa here!!!!!!
    —————————————

    He actually had a pretty good late night talk show on one network, I forget which one, and he’s written some conservative opinion pieces in magazines. He’s no dummy.

    Hell, Merv Griffin was a game-show host and he ended up owning half of Hollywood and Las Vegas, it seems.

  57. Calling climate obsessed fanatics ‘racist’ is in some ways kinder than calling skeptics den^alists.
    We now have a former Governor claiming that Republicans are unAmerican for supporting reasonable voting ID laws and ballot security. I think there is no reason to hold back on pointing out the self-serving climate hypesters and con-artists for what they are: Racists who want the poor to die in the dark and fleece the tax payers of the world to support their failed energy scams.

  58. RE: CNN quote
    tremendous amount of lack of interest
    At first, I thought this was an amusing “Big number times zero” convoluted expression.

    The more I think about it, what is probably closer to the truth is
    “Our mail box is overflowing with messages saying ‘Enough already!'”
    Or, “We are long past boring people. Now they are throwing tomatoes!”

  59. Sajak is going to influence a huge section of the public. if he makes these comments during The Price is Right.

  60. Sajak is going to influence a huge section of the public. if he makes these comments during The Price is Right.

  61. KevinM says:

    “Are you sure that’s really Game show host Pat Sajak??

    Must be uber-confident in his job security.”

    Sajak has made similar comments in the past. He probably doesn’t worry about his job. After doing it for thirty years he is probably extremely wealthy. And Pat is so popular in his show that if the warmist crowd tried to mount a boycott, they would probably experience a backlash that would make “super-storm” Sandy seem like a gentle mist.

  62. An individual alarmist may not be racist – but as mentioned in a previous comment, when implemented, “carbon control policies” have a far more devastating effect in undeveloped countries like Africa than they do in the US. Sure, the poor here are a little worse off here from these policies, but its nothing compared to what happens in other countries.

  63. I believe the point Pat made could had been better served without the racist tag. If he was, as I suspect referring to the leading nations refusal to power the third world with fossils fuel, leading to a lot of misery and death. A better word may have been genocide . Hopefully unintentional.
    I have read , here and elsewhere the extent of the damage of the world banks refusal to lend money for fossil fuel power plants, but have no numbers at hand. Does anyone have that handy?

  64. “MarkW says:
    May 21, 2014 at 6:52 am
    I love the [way] those who love govt actually seem to believe that if you oppose any environmental regulation, it means that you want there to be no environmental regulations. If you oppose any program that allegedly is going to help the poor, it means you want there to be no welfare, public or private.”

    Yeah, they’re making the fallacious argument, “If some’s good, more’s better” .

  65. I think Sajak has a point. I’ve immersed myself (but I don’t think I’ve drowned yet) in the AGW thingy for going on 30 years. And, for the life of me, I can’t think of one single Black climatologist.

    Think about it: Overpeck, Wigley, Jones, Mann, Trenberth, Thompson, Hansen, Schneider, Schmitt, Bradley, Hughes, Turney, Santer, Holdren, Ehrlich, et al, et al, et al – all privileged white males (unless you include, in a couple cases, their shrinking violet wives).

    (P.S. I’m aware quite a few of those un affirmative, gender biased folks are climatologists in name only.)

    And their financial overlords: Gore, Redford, Maurice Strong, Steyer – all privileged white males in the upper, upper 0.1%.

    Just how many Black climatologists does anybody out there know? And, who’s going to get hurt by carbon policies? And, who’s going to profit?

    Sajak’s a genius! I salute him!

  66. If I was a Mann or similar I’d be thinking about changing careers.There will be no future whatsoever for “climate science”. It will be taken off curriculums worldwide, it will no longer be a viable career. They are been hounded out of Australia at this time and and no one gives a damm. Same thing will happen here in US when Rubio gets elected in 2016. LOL

  67. Wheel of fortune is my wife’s favorite show. Couldn’t have a better guy “at the wheel”.

    After just now reading a bunch of his other tweets, I’ve come to better appreciate how hilarious and witty he really is.

    “Pat Sajak ‏@patsajak May 19

    Even though I told him it was settled folklore, my young nephew remains a Tooth Fairy denier. (Those kids today!)”

    What Michael Mann calls behaving like an 8 year old(because his humor is slanted obviously) to me, is incredible genius.

  68. Obviously parody of warmist attacks on skeptics. Sajak is too smart to have said such a ridiculous thing seriously. I am surprised so many WUWT fans seem to have missed that.

  69. God Bless Pat S. ! He’s got the $$$, he’s got the stature…and he’s not afraid of losing his job.

    AMERICA’S GAME – IS THE BUSINESS!

  70. Many (most ?) alarmists do not mean to be racists. But the implimentation of their desired objectives certainly WOULD be racist in effect and results.
    That they refuse to consider this is DOUBLY racist.
    The only way out of this dilema that I see is for alarmists to propose adaptation as the ONLY viable option to support.

  71. In the 1960’s many people thought the military-industrial complex could not be defeated. They were wrong. Can the climate-industrial complex be defeated? We’ll see.

  72. The handful of commenters who posit that Sajak’s word choice was tongue-in-cheek — a jab back at the current trend of calling everyone who disagrees with you ‘racist, sexist, homophobe, unpatriotic, etc.,’ — have got it right, almost certainly. He could just as well have said the alarmists were waging a war on women…

    I’ll bet Sajak would be surprised that what he thought was transparent, purposeful irony went straight over people’s heads. Maybe some people need to remember that most human beings don’t actually use the /sarc tag when being sarcastic.

  73. You can play an internet version of Wheel of Fortune with Pat Sajak for free at American Mensa games site. You do not have to be a Mensa member, nor register or join anything.

  74. I disagree with Anthony. Give the alarmists no quarter. Never cease to call them what they are – racist bigots. Always and without exception. Make them suffer for their crimes against humanity, where their alarmist ideology damns the poor of the world to continued energy poverty and an early painful suffering death.

  75. ???

    policycritic says:
    May 21, 2014 at 8:15 am
    Sajak is going to influence a huge section of the public. if he makes these comments during The Price is Right.
    ————————————————–
    If he did that, who would notice?

  76. The definition Guy says:
    May 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Ask a Leftie to share his/her wealth – won’t happen.
    ____
    That’s true. I spent four years raising money for a famous non-profit. Left-leaning contacts were predictably parsimonious. Right-leaning contacts almost always donated, and often did so generously. I often heard from those on the left that “something ought to be done.” When asked to do something themselves — like donate — they usually started talking about how to get others to do something.

  77. Ummmm, guyz? Pat was obviously mimicking – and mocking – the “you’re a racist if you disagree with me about anything” leftist clowns with the “unpatriotic racists” crack (though he’s right about the “knowingly misleading for their own ends” part). Guess y’all haven’t seen many of his tweets. He’s a riot – and not lefty or Hollyweird at all.

    I’d love to buy him a beer.

  78. “Sajak is going to influence a huge section of the public. if he makes these comments during The Price is Right.”

    Then I guess he won’t influence them at all, policycritic. He’s host of “Wheel of Fortune.”

  79. Some kinda slow on the uptake commenters in this thread. Pat Sajak was obviously being sarcastic in “accusing” warmists of the very things that they accuse skeptics of, no doubt in response to something particularly iduiotic aimed at him. Guess he ran out of characters and didn’t have room for a /sarc tag. Or maybe he thought people would be a little sharper.

    Anyway, Sajak is a smart guy and a bright spot for conservatives in the fever swamp that is television. I imagine he has plenty stashed away and really doesn’t care what the lefties say. I know I don’t.

  80. If Pat Sajak really is a former weatherman that would be important to point out to AGWers to show that he’s not another Hollywood goofball spouting off. Of course the AGW left will just point out that Obama’s close friend and adviser, William Ayers was also a Weatherman.

  81. In a specific sense he is mocking Harry Reid the Majority leader in the Senate who has taken to calling people “unpatriotic” and “unAmerican” from the “well” of the Sentate Floor. Any statement that is made from there is immune from libel, slander and defamation laws. More generally he is mocking the left who call any criticism of President Obama “racist”.

    Chill people.

  82. “Racist”, because extreme weather that only happens where brown people live is just weather. When it hits New York or New Orleans, it’s climate change…

  83. To understand why all the media hype is being generated by the Liberals to increase public support for CAGM, aka now Climate Change, and the wealth redistribution schemes they salivate for, one only needs to understand the basic human psychology as explained by Nobel-winning economist Daniel Kahneman in his best seller book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”

    On page 8 (of 499 in the Amazon Kindle version) of his book, he writes, “People tend to assess the relative importance of issues by the ease with which they are retrieved from memory – and this is largely determined by the extent of coverage in the media.”

    Kahneman goes on to explain how authoritative regimes using control of the media to keep public interest focused on some areas and not others to the benefit of further control of the politcal institutions.

    That quote explains why the Democrats and Liberals need to keep Climate Change as an on-going media topic to raise its importance to gain support for their wealth re-distribution efforts (ie. more taxes).

  84. “Climate change is one of those stories that deserves more attention, that we all talk about,” he said, “but we haven’t figured out how to engage the audience in that story in a meaningful way. When we do do those stories, there does tend to be a tremendous amount of lack of interest on the audience’s part.”

    He means HE talks about. After almost 2 decades of “blitzkrieg” bombardment they wonder why they are failing. HELLO! It’s BECAUSE of the nearly 2 decades of “blitzkrieg” bombardment. When will these people understand this very simple fact?

    There was a bit of research a few years back which showed how people switched TV channels in droves the moment global warming was mentioned on the news. I can’t find it now (lacking keywords).

  85. C_tastrophic _nthropogenic Global W_rmers Are Greedy, Self-serving, Self-Promoting B_st_rds.

    Wanna buy a vowel?

  86. Readers who are not familiar with “Wheel of Fortune” should try to watch an episode. Once you do that, notice that contestants (and hoards of viewers at home) actually know how to spell English words correctly. They are folks who are paying close attention to the spotty information provided in the clues. They can discern what letters are missing, often blazingly quickly, and guess the complete phrase.
    I’m thinking that the slackers among our population who fracture the English language in their attempts to communicate electronically, or make up goofy-sounding nonsensical phrases to recite rhythmically because they think it makes them sound cool, are those whom we often call “low-information voters”.
    I didn’t know Pat Sajak was conservative. Now it makes sense!
    I wonder what the demographic of “Wheel of Fortune” is….

  87. Zucker might find that controversy is more interesting than settled science. Try providing a little coverage of the opposing viewpoint and they might actually spark a little interest. Of course the political correctness mob including Mann, et al will have a cow, but maybe they will actually educate some people of the real issues. God forbid that they become relevant.

  88. Scott says: “I am sure this is NOT Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune…”

    Actually, it is. He’s pretty conservative politically.

  89. Loved the comments on tmz’s report of this. Someone claiming that there have been only 23 peer-reviewed papers disputing global warming since the nineties.

  90. Pamela Gray says:May 21, 2014 at 5:43 am
    “You have got to be kidding me. Wheel of Fortune???? Get outa here!!!!!!”

    Pamela, do not judge a book by it’s cover:

    Excerpt from a commencement address given by Pat Sajak in 2002

    …”I could go on with a laundry list of silly and hypocritical things said and done by some of my fellow Show Business luminaries, but the point here is not to make them look silly. They’re perfectly capable of doing that without my help. The larger point is the disconnect between the realities of this nation and its people, and the perceived realities of many in the entertainment community. I don’t mean to sound too harsh — or hypocritical. After all, I seem perfectly happy to have cashed my checks for the more than 30 years I’ve been in television. And I’m not exactly working on the Dead Sea Scrolls. I do make a living by selling vowels and spinning a giant multicolored wheel! So who am I to be pointing fingers? Well, I’m just someone who wants to feel prouder than he does — as proud as he once was — about what goes on in his industry. And that’s why I spend only part of my time around it. I need to step back occasionally. I think it does help me see the world more clearly.”…
    …”They think they have diversity in their midst because they take pains to hire a representative mix of gender and race. But there is no diversity of thought. On the great social issues of our time, there is an alarmingly monolithic view held by what has become known as the “media elite.” You can bet that the New York Times is careful about how many women it hires, but you can also bet that it is not very careful that these women hold diverse views on issues they’ll be writing about, such as the environment, gun control or abortion. My guess is that a pro-life view within the walls of the Times is a pretty rare one. And the same holds true on the entertainment side. It is just assumed that “right thinking people” hold certain views. If you don’t… well there’s the problem. How can you portray people fairly in film or on TV if you think their attitudes are so foreign? “…
    Read the whole thing. Time well spent.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/744038/posts

  91. There is, in fact, a significant difference between loving your country, loving and being loyal to your Constitution and loving and being loyal to your government, particularly when that government has abrogated the Constitution repeatedly, and taken action against the interests of the country, only to preserve and expand its own power and authority. I am sure that climate alarmists are loyal drones of the Emperor and thus can be considered patriotic, whether it is loyalty to Obama and his tyranny, or the UN globalist movement, or loyalty to Crazy Prince Charlie, what have you. None of them, however, have any loyalty to the truth, or to their nations, or to principles of liberty enshrined in our Constitution, or those of other countries.

  92. Mark Twain: ” Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

  93. Richard G, gud one. What’s the opposite to patriotism, would it be traitor? One thing ‘where did the racism critique come about?’ Must have missed something

  94. “While dropping the race card here is rather foolish (and has nothing to do with alarmism, really)”
    I think he is using racist in the sense how warmist treat people that is critical or asks questions? Deniers are people that they don’t need or want. In other words deniers loose their human values and rights and are treated as subhumans?
    Deniers can feel somewhat how it was to be afroamerican in Alabama in the 50s and 60s?

  95. try… just try to understand what Pat meant in a 140 character tweet.

    Was there sarcasm? Humor? I assume so. He may have been drunk?

    Twitter…the lowest form of dialogue.

  96. “+1 for Sajak.If you’ve heard Harry Reid on the US Senate floor over the past month calling conservatives/CAGW Skeptics racists, unpatriotic, etc then I think you might know who Pat Sajak was making fun of with his tweets. Pat was just flipping the script. The same can be done by calling CAGW Believers, deniers. They deny the facts and live in a fairy tale model. They deny the pause. Deniers. Pat just flipped the script on Harry Reid.”
    The real political Agenda behind UNEP, UNFCCC and IPCC is global government.
    So we are unpatriotic toward UNEP global government, but hardly toward our nations?

  97. Settle down, Spanky. Sajak was being facetious with his first remark. Read between the lines folks. He was just turning the tables on the Clima-TOILET-gists that excoriate, humiliate and ultimately want to eliminate and other opinion.

  98. Doug Proctor says:
    May 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm
    Wow.
    What, 40% of Americans are unpatriotic racists misleading others for their own ends?
    Those who live in ivory towers think the world is a very small place: their tower and the moat below it.
    ================================================
    Ok a little hyperbole to make a point. Simply change it to “40% of Americans are unpatriotic and prejudiced, mislead by others for their own ends.”

    Their prejudice is their inability to see a sceptical viewpoint, and their wrong assumption that 97% of scientist support the idea of CAGW being true. They are unpatriotic due to their quick and prejudicial willingness to throw away the individual liberties that the USA was founded on, all in the name of CAGW theory, which is daily being disproven by the observations.

  99. you missed the followup tweet

    As most of you know, original Tweet was intended to parody the name-calling directed at climate skeptics. Hyperbole.

    there was another too I cannot seem to find now done right after the original where he made it plain he was trolling.

  100. Pat is one of the funniest guys on Twitter. His comment was intended as snark. Of course he doesn’t believe racism has anything to do with it, but the comment demonstrates the efforts of the political left to construe *everything* as racist. The dig was aimed at them.

  101. The definition Guy says:
    May 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Anyone who even partially agrees with Sajak obviously marched against civil rights, advocates the arming of all grammar school students with assault rifles, hates poor people, animals, the elderly and foreigners, shuns science and technology, tortures insects for fun and wants a world full of filthy air and water for our children to slog through. “Strength through Pollution” could be our motto!
    No wonder the lefties hate us.

    ========================================================================
    I do believe you forgot your “/sarc tag”.

  102. Not to be unpleasant about it, but global warming alarmists, to the extent they argue against fossil fuel energy development in Third World countries, ARE racist because the burdens and harm resulting from the policies they advocate overwhelmingly fall on people of color, who constitute the huge bulk of people in those countries.

    Der Fuehrer himself acted out global warming alarmist racism when he told those people in Soweto not to aspire to driving an SUV or having an air-conditioned home – even as his unrepentantly, phenomenally hypocritical self was in the midst of a totally fossil-fueled $100 million vacation.

  103. Sajak is extremely smart and witty. He has just performed a brilliant Twitter experiment. Why? Because accusations of racism and lack of patriotism have already been made against skeptics by AGW activists such as Al Gore and Bill Nye, to name a few.

  104. There is a large contingent of “Well, one thing we need to do, is sterilize all the ‘extra’ people!” eugenicists

    among the AGW wackos.

    A large contingent.

    What that means in code is “the poor extra brown people” and anyone whose presence they find inconvenient.

    Ever wonder what’s gonna start happening to medical records once liberals move into the field of administration of THAT and start thumbing through political “insects” ‘ lives?

    People are gonna be effin’ killed for their religious views, for their political activism, for this and that, as their most intimate medical information floats out on a giant government employee web perused by vehement, malicious, political Gleick types: psychopaths with agendas and a “clear mandate from the concensus of intelligent” people.

    They’re dangerous effing people and you mark my words on it for telling your grandchildren people saw it coming

    while liberals squealed with delight at the thought of having possession of their most despised enemies’, most vulnerable life sustaining information.

  105. Obviously the point goes both ways, but in this instance we’re talking once again about some liberals declaring war on some group of humanity, and deciding it’s not sending the right message so it’ll need to be aborted because “the intelligent ones decided and the scientific issues about you”

    are settled.

  106. light bulb moment in the UK for Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles

    19 May: UK Telegraph: Matthew Holehouse: Eric Pickles, minister for darkness, overruled on street lights
    Police order streetlights in Essex back on after crime wave, after Pickles claimed darkness deters burglars
    Eric Pickles faces embarrassment after police ordered street lights to be switched back on in his constituency, weeks after he insisted darkening streets cuts crime…
    It comes weeks after Mr Pickles, the Communities Secretary, said he “loves” having street lights turned off and claimed the darkness deters burglars because they like “ambient light”.
    Two thirds of councils have dimmed or switched off street lights in order to save money…
    Mr Pickles last month defended the policy to angered Conservative councillors in nearby Basildon, saying the council had been “immensely brave”.
    “In a time when we are on the cusp with regards to our electricity supply, we can’t have lights burning all night on the off chance someone wants to get out and do aerobics at 3am.
    “I love it because I am economy-minded. It’s saving a phenomenal amount of money, it’s decreased crime because burglars love ambient lighting, it’s nice to see the night sky and, as someone who lives in a main street that has had its lights cut off, I can get a good night’s sleep,” he said…

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10840210/Eric-Pickles-minister-for-darkness-overruled-on-street-lights.html

  107. I think Sajak is just using one of those modern day memes so many millennial’s use today in normal conversation. “That’s so racist”, I hear that all day long among my younger colleagues and it’s usually followed by laughter.

  108. Hi – I’m sorry if this has been covered earlier.
    I’m supposed to be working so didn’t have time to read all the posts and frankly I’d better get back to it.
    Pat Sajaks tweet was a jab at a ridiculous tweet he’d received or read that claimed something like “climate deniers are baby killers etc etc”.
    It was not representing his genuine opinions just demonstrating how bloody stupid climate alarmist activists can be in their rhetoric.
    Its a surprise so many on this brilliant site fell for it and thought for one moment it was anything but a skewering of the tactics of the lunatic fringe of the alarmist fraternity.
    Come on guys (and gals) that’s not ‘our’ sides MO is it???

  109. Unpatriotic and racist spring from the same well: willingness, even eagerness, to sacrifice those who put non-Fabian interests first. The 3rd world is considered disposable, as is the bulk of the planet’s population. Which is, coincidentally, non-white (and non-liberal).

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