Sorry to beat the dead horse that is the John Stossel/Michael Critchton lovefest, but I thought Stossel’s On the Media interview April 8 was just too rich to miss. At the end of a somewhat testy interview about the state of scientific consensus on climate change, On the Media co-host Brooke Gladstone said:

In December, you featured novelist Michael Crichton on 20/20, and you praised him for contradicting something most people believe and fear. You went on to say that environmental organizations are fomenting false fears in order to promote agendas and raise money. Why use a fiction writer to refute the scientific community?

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JOHN STOSSEL: Because he’s famous, and he’s interesting, and he’s smart, and he writes books that lots of people read, and I could interview the scientists for 20/20, but more people will pay attention when this particular smart fiction writer says it.

Famous! Market grabbers! By those standards, Hollywood is chock-a-block with climate experts.  Let’s swell those IPCC ranks!

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