Coleman’s Corner, KUSI
Richard Somerville, Ph.D. is a distinguished professor emeritus and research professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has told San Diego “City Beat” that KUSI promised to present his full statement on-air but didn’t. He was talking about my January 14th hour long program “Global Warming: The Other Side”. KUSI contacted Scripps seeking a response to the program for our 10 PM newscast that night. Scripps referred our Producer to Somerville. The Producer who had that assignment assures me that no “promise” was made. But according to the nasty City Beat editorial that slam-bams the program, Somerville said the station didn’t run his written statement and included only a couple of “garbled” sentences from a lengthy interview during a 10 p.m. newscast. He called KUSI and me “unethical.”
I object to his remarks to “City Beat” and take particular exception to being called unethical.
First, I was aware the station was seeking a response from Scripps but unaware that it had been obtained until shortly before the program aired. The production of the program had already been completed and it was never intended that a response would be included in the program. Rather it was intended to be seen in the newscast immediately following the program. I scrambled to get some of the Somerville video on the newscast. I was told to use less than a minute of the Somerville interview and to read the entire statement from NASA. No one even mentioned a written statement from Somerville. I was attempting to accomplish good journalism. I don’t know that I totally accomplished that, but I am sure that KUSI and I were not unethical.
I am now going to go through the video of the Somerville interview done by one of our cameramen using questions written by one of our producers to see if I can put together a segment for our second global warming special scheduled for later this month. I think that will help give more balance.
But please understand, equal time is not required or justified here. The media, including the KUSI newscasts, carry frequent reports supportive of the global warming claims and agenda. The media frequently carries programs about the dire global warming predictions. “An Inconvenient Truth,” shown over and over again in the schools, is totally one-sided. Our one and only program debunking global warming falls far short of balancing the overall budget of global warming coverage on television or even KUSI.
Here are the first three of Dr. Somerville’s six points about the skeptical side of the global warming debate from the Scripps website. After each of his points, I offer a response (in blue).See the Somerville statement and John’s detailed reply
Click source to read the answers from John to Dr. Somerville
Also if you missed it please click on the following link to see KUSI TV Special, The Other Side - NASA Rigs NOAA Climate Figures, UPDATED WITH 7 PART YOUTUBE