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Right Wing Uses Erroneous CNN Report To Smear Gore

By ThinkProgress on February 7, 2007 at 6:41 pm

"Right Wing Uses Erroneous CNN Report To Smear Gore"

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Last week, The Guardian reported that the Exxon-funded American Enterprise Institute was offering to pay global warming deniers to push back on the new IPCC climate change study.

This morning, CNN incorrectly reported that during an appearance in Spain, Al Gore had blamed the White House — not AEI — for offering to pay the scientists. The headline read: “Gore says Bush administration paying scientists to dispute global warming.” But hours later, the site issued a retraction saying Gore had “responded to a question” from a reporter “that incorrectly implied the Bush administration was making payments to scientists.” Gore was referring to AEI when he said, “They’re offering cash for so-called skeptics who will try to confuse people about what the science really says.”

CNN’s correction hasn’t stopped the right wing from recycling the false headline in order to smear Gore. A headline from today’s Drudge Report:

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Following Drudge’s lead, Fox News’ John Gibson regurgitated the incorrect story. Gore “just won’t shut up about his climate change crusade,” Gibson said. “He’s now charging that scientists who doubt the global warming argument are being bribed by our government and others to betray science.”

Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/02/gibsongore.320.240.flv]

Transcript:

Now, big weather. He just won’t shut up about his climate change crusade. Former Vice President and alpha-male environmentalist Al Gore spoke out at a global warming conference in Madrid. He’s now charging that scientists who doubt the global warming argument are being bribed by our government and others to betray science.

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