While they completely ignored the climate crisis, the event’s moderators—Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper of CNN and Marc Lacey of the New York Times—managed to find time at the very end of the debate to ask a question that infuriated environmentalists who were waiting all night for the planetary emergency to take center stage.
“Last week, Ellen DeGeneres was criticized after she and former President George W. Bush were seen laughing together at a football game. Ellen defended their friendship, saying, we’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different,” said Burnett. “So in that spirit, we’d like you to tell us about a friendship that you’ve had that would surprise us and what impact it’s had on you and your beliefs.”
The question set off a flood of outrage.
“THEY ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT ELLEN AND GEORGE BUSH BUT NOT CLIMATE CHANGE. I AM LOSING MY GODDAMN MIND,” Earther managing editor Brian Kahn tweeted. “CNN thought it was more important to use Ellen hanging out with a war criminal as a jumping-off point to ask about bipartisan friendships than ask about the largest existential threat facing humanity.”
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Well, I like Ellen, she has an impish smile, and tho’ I doubt I could ever bring myself to watch her shows I can understand why they’re so popular.
Ellen and George are kinda like a perfect Santa Claus, so I think it’s great that the “debate” was paused to give prime time for that. Pausing from the venue that the debate sponsors at CNN and NYT had defined was worth it for that.
That’s the problem with corporate media networks. You can’t get into a serious discussion about life threatening climate change and then say “And now, this word from our sponsors, Exxon, BP, and Koch Industries. “
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