The Children's Crusade
In an unusual move, ABC News yesterday said it would remove correspondent John Stossel’s interview with California children about global warming from an environmental special airing Friday night. A group of Los Angeles parents teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group and revoked their permission for the interviews on Monday. They said that Stossel had asked the children leading questions to support his views, and that Stossel’s involvement with the program had been hidden from them until moments before the interview began. In a version of the special sent to reporters, Stossel says some environmentalists are brainwashing children to believe the world is a scary place. Last year, Stossel was reprimanded by ABC and gave an on-air apology for a report criticizing organic produce that contained inaccurate information.