Noted hack John Stossel has found a true brother-in-hackery. On Dec. 10′s 20/20, Stossel effusively praised Crichton’s new book State of Fear (more on that here, and more to come), which purports to expose global warming as a media scare story perpetrated by Hollywood liberals and, oh, you know, all the usual winger suspects.
He offered no countervailing view (from, say, a scientist), instead interviewing a woman ready to pee her pants in fear after seeing The Day After Tomorrow — presumably representative of the hysteria on the issue. The rest of the segment was devoted to lionizing the “brave” Crichton, who is allegedly taking a great risk by publishing this media-friendly, sensationalist execrement. Read the whole gory story here.