#MetsUnite – the hypocrisy of @ed_hawkins TV meteorologist AGW “temperature ties” in one photo

Remember when Sinclair television group had their TV newsrooms read a coordinated message about combating “fake news” and keeping integrity in journalism? The left had an absolute cow over it, calling it “Orwellian“.  Leftist mouthpiece Media Matters called it “brainwashing”.

But when hundreds of TV weathercasters and meteorologists around the world pushed a unified image on live TV created by UK climate modeler Ed Hawkins to promote his viewpoint on “global warming” what did Media Matters call it?

“a colorful statement…to educate viewers”

The hypocrisy is stunning. Please share the hell out of this image.

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More about this issue here.

Added: If you’ve ever worked in a TV newsroom, you’ll know that “off track” things like this need approval, especially if they are a feature that needs more time in the tightly controlled newcast timing, either from the news director, or higher ups. So, those who might say “Sinclair news anchors were given an order to read that statement by management and the TV mets were not” doesn’t realize that management had to be involved in both airings.

Can you imagine what would happen if a TV Met went on-camera sporting a #MAGA or Hillary2020 button or tie without permission?

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commieBob
June 30, 2018 2:28 am

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has worked for years to protect free speech. They have campaigned against media concentration. They see it as fundamental to democracy that many voices are heard.

My impression is that the ACLU isn’t as influential as it used to be but they could be our friends.

Sparky
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 2:31 am

Bob, the ACLU are only concerned about right wing media concentration. as long as the MSM keep on pushing a left wing narrative, they will ignore it

commieBob
Reply to  Sparky
June 30, 2018 3:33 am

This article gives an idea of the tensions within the ACLU. The ACLU will defend even the rights of outright racists and neonazis as long as they demonstrate peacefully. The left has even accused them of “poisonous evenhandedness”.

You are entitled to your opinion that the ACLU isn’t evenhanded but you need to bring some actual evidence if I’m going to take it seriously.

hunter
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 5:45 am

Not so much any more.
ACLU, never comfortable with free speech or religious freedom, is now deliberatley going to drop non leftist causes.
Think of the SPLC, now a left wing sock puppet that labels conservatives as vile hate mongers.

commieBob
Reply to  hunter
June 30, 2018 7:12 am

Think of the SPLC, now a left wing sock puppet that labels conservatives as vile hate mongers.

That sounds like free speech to me.

MarkW
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 11:07 am

It’s also slander.

Ragnaar
Reply to  hunter
June 30, 2018 8:08 am

The ACLU is not the SPLC.

MarkW
Reply to  Ragnaar
June 30, 2018 11:08 am

Not yet.

ATheoK
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 8:46 am

commieBob:

What the ACLU has accomplished in the past is not what the ACLU is today.

Sparky
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 11:23 am

How’s about the way they went after that Christian Baker for refusing to compromise his religion.

coaldust
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 6:10 am

The ACLU has always been an organization that fought against freedom while wrapped in a cloak of fighting for freedom.

Here’s an article where the ACLU of West Virginia twists fighting for freedom into fighting against coal.

http://acluwv.org/social-justice-climate-change/

Plenty of material out there. Shouldn’t be too hard to figure out which way they “lean”.

Now that said, the fact that todays progressives think the ACLU is centrist is telling.

commieBob
Reply to  coaldust
June 30, 2018 7:40 am

Yep, that’s pretty bad. ACLU-WV is a local chapter and their stance is reprehensible especially given that it’s West Virginia. On the other hand …

Most members of the ACLU would probably find Milo Yiannopoulos pretty repugnant but they are backing him anyway. link I would also point out that the ACLU is backing Mark Steyn. link

Kalifornia Kook
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 1:28 pm

Thanks for the link, Bob. You’re taking a lot of flak here, but you’ve given me pause to think. Not sure it will change my mind, but at least my position is weaker.

commieBob
Reply to  Kalifornia Kook
June 30, 2018 4:30 pm

Thanks. I would say my position is also weaker. That said, their support for Mark Steyn is very important to me.

Ve2
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 8:06 am

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has worked for years to protect THEIR free speech.
Fixed!

MarkW
Reply to  commieBob
June 30, 2018 11:06 am

According to recent memos, the ACLU has decided that social justice should trump free speech from now on.

commieBob
Reply to  MarkW
June 30, 2018 12:54 pm

This writer agrees with you. 🙁

Free speech is the foundation of our democracy. It is currently under assault from the left. link We have a new free speech hero, Jordan Peterson. He’s providing the intellectual underpinning to fight the SJW censors. I hope his message stiffens some folks’ backbones and that they too start to fight back.

Louis Hooffstetter
Reply to  commieBob
July 2, 2018 9:52 pm

Sadly the ACLU and the SPLC have gone the way of Scientific American and National Geographic. They were all once great, but have all been hijacked by dishonest people with an agenda. Today they no longer represent the core principles of their founders.

ozspeaksup
June 30, 2018 3:05 am

well i have to admit i see majority msm as brainwashing to the govt of wherevers agitprop line.
and i do include Aussie presstitutes and ALL our msm and especially the govt auntry abc
if you want to know what really happened- you don’t trsut them for more than a vague outline of the incident.
amuses me when china gets mentioned for control of information to its people
it may well be true(it is) but its nothing different than the rest of us get dosed with daily if wer’e dumb enough/gullible enough to believe.
its why sites like this and other alt media are alive n well
and the googmonster is tailoring searches to try n obscure them

Joel O’Bryan
June 30, 2018 3:59 am

Media Matters was spefically set-up to push a hard-left narrative.
Anyone who knows what its Founder Jim Brock is, knows that his media company is simply a Hillary Clinton-inspired Left wing shill. The ties between Clinton and MM are deep. MM was supposed to become a more dominant player with a President Hillary.
With Hillary’s political demise and falling popularity within Leftist circles as Democrat’s become evermore more socialist, Jim Brock hitched his media wagon to a now fallen star.

Brock is probably in a desparate attempt to pivot to another Leftist issue to save his pathetic little media company. But he has hitched it to another loser.
MM will be gone from the political media landscape within 4 years.

jimB
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
June 30, 2018 9:24 am

Now wait a damn minute. That is DAVID Brock who founded Media Matters.
Jim Brock

June 30, 2018 4:17 am

As I recall, on Dec. 7, 2009 over 50 newspapers in dozens of countries all carried exactly the same editorial about the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Conference.

PiperPaul
Reply to  Christopher Simpson
June 30, 2018 4:45 am

Ah, but comrade, that was not propaganda, groupthink or social engineering, that was consistency.

Reply to  Christopher Simpson
June 30, 2018 10:46 am

You meant to write Hoaxahagen. We have to get to get our jet out of here before it gets snowed in.

Marcos
Reply to  Christopher Simpson
June 30, 2018 11:43 am

I remember that well. iirc, they were very open in stating that the purpose of that was to present a unified message

EW3
June 30, 2018 4:42 am

Oddly enough I did work in TV newsrooms. For a few years I worked for Chyron, the graphic guys.
Always found that it was the weathermen (including Willard Scott at WRC) that showed the most interest in the technology. Guess things have changed.
Can also remember installing a Chyron at ESPN in Brystol CT. But then they were apolitical back then too.

Rich Davis
Reply to  EW3
June 30, 2018 5:32 am

Brystol??

Yirgach
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 30, 2018 5:51 pm

Greg S.
Reply to  EW3
June 30, 2018 12:02 pm

OT: Over a decade ago I built quite a few rackmount servers with Chyron cards in them (Digital Lantern 64 Digital pcCODI Character Generator PCI). Chyron sent us the cards to install and test. Had to have specific hardware that played nice with them. I’m not sure exactly where the systems were installed but I think they were used for sports broadcasting.

Rich Davis
June 30, 2018 5:24 am

Can you imagine what would happen if a TV Met went on-camera sporting a #MAGA or Hillary2020 button or tie without permission?

That’s two entirely separate questions. A meteorologist who wears a MAGA hat is fired before the show starts, and never works again. A meteorologist who wears a pro-socialist button or tie starts a trend and goes on talk shows.

ATheoK
June 30, 2018 7:36 am

“Added: If you’ve ever worked in a TV newsroom, you’ll know that “off track” things like this need approval, especially if they are a feature that needs more time in the tightly controlled newcast timing, either from the news director, or higher ups.”

Accurately stated!
Especially if one remembers that much of the climate propaganda is driven by ultrarich owners and billionaire created and funded trusts.
Your post sums up that billionaire activists’ paid interference in news and research.

June 30, 2018 8:22 am

The weather forecasters should all be hot babes in bikinis made in this same design, to further push the idea of just how hot the globe is going to get.

Have them do pole dancing too, where the poll is designed like a big thermometer.

Get lots of liquor sponsors to pay for the airing.

… National Science Foundation money well spent. (/sarc, … for those who need it)

TonyL
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
June 30, 2018 9:45 am

What is the /sarc for??
Hot bikini babes doing a pole dance for the weather is a great idea!

Urederra
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
June 30, 2018 10:01 am

why sarc?

I voted you up. I love the idea. I have the impression that the trend was started by the russians.

EDIT: Look up for Larisa Sladkova on youtube. 😉

Bill Powers
June 30, 2018 12:07 pm

If those heading up the alarmists movement were not so totalitarian in their vision of were success will take their movement, this might be funny.

ossqss
June 30, 2018 12:48 pm

“a colorful statement…to educate viewers”

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