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Fox & Friends promotes global warming deniers' conference
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Monday March 3, 2008

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Fox News believes the "other side" of the global warming debate hasn't received enough attention and is determined to repair the omission.

"Despite it being bitterly cold outside in the northern plains, we hear a lot about global warming," began Steve Doocy of Fox & Friends. "Is there another side to this story? Many scientists would say yes, but most media outlets -- the mainstream media -- only cover Al Gore's 'Earth has a fever' perspective."

Dan Gainor, director of the Business and Media Institute, joined Doocy and Brian Kilmeade to tell them about the "International Conference on Climate Change" currently being held in New York, which "proves that the consensus theory that Al Gore's been pushing, that the mainstream media have been pushing for years -- it's all bogus."

Doocy suggested that the warming observed over the last century could be just "a big cycle" and that "this is the worst winter in some parts of America and around the world and perhaps we should be worried now about global cooling."

Gainor went on to note that the New York Times had done a "somewhat sarcastic" piece on the conference. "Disagreement's not allowed in the media," he complained. "We just did a report looking at how the network news shows have covered climate change. ... 13 to one, the people they put on are on one side saying it's not a debate. ... On CBS it's 38 to one."

The Business and Media Institute (BMI) is a project of the Media Research Center (MRC), headed by well-known movement conservative L. Brent Bozell. MRC has received substantial funding from ExxonMobil, as has the Heartland Institute, sponsor of the conference.

Dan Gainor is both the Director of BMI and MRC's "Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow" a position apparently named for the legendary Texas oilman and corporate raider. As well as decrying global warming "alarmism," Gainor makes frequent appearances on Fox to insist that the New York Times is losing revenue because it is too liberal, that media warnings of an oncoming recession are "hype," that consumer debt is the fault of spendthrift borrowers, or that predictions of four dollar a gallon gasoline are scare-mongering.

This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast March 3, 2008.