We’ve reported on Years of Living Dangerously and how it has been tanking in the ratings, despite a big budget and big name participants. Michael Mann tried to prop it up recently (more below), but as usual his effort was laughable. The documentary followed two people (one from Heartland institute and one a former congressmen) debating whether a carbon tax can curb climate change. The Web-only segment is called Clash of the Conservative Titans and is not slated to appear in an upcoming episode.
James Taylor and Bob Inglis debate the merits of a carbon tax at the R Street Institute.
click here if you can’t see it: http://vimeo.com/95541475
Now on Mann and his effort to make this documentary seem successful; Bishop Hill alerts me to a Huffington Post story where Mann makes this claim:
…a popular new cable television series The Years of Living Dangerously produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger and featuring prominent figures like Harrison Ford, Leslie Stahl, Matt Damon and Jessica Alba…
Hmm Mann must be using some sort of new PCA Mannian math to come up with a definition of “popular”, because the ratings for this program stink, with ratings like 0.04:
Of course, in the small myopic world Mann inhabits, where even simple things like a free calendar at Christmas set him off on conspiracy theories, I’m not surprised that he believes Years of Living Dangerously is popular. In his tiny circle, it probably is. In the real world, not so much.