This weekend, there will be 8 Live Earth concerts across 7 continents. The tagline for the event is "Concerts for a Climate in Crisis." The goal is to raise awareness of the realities of global warming, raise money, and get people to take individual and collective action. Sounds pretty non partisan, right? Especially because it's taking place around the world, and not just in the United States.
Not so, according to Fox's John Gibson. According to him it's "unequal time of just one side of a controversial issue." To beef up his contention, he has a drone from an organization called the "Media Research Center" named Clay Waters on his show with him. The Media Research Center is a right wing group that somehow obtained non-profit status, even though their only goal is to expose "liberal" media coverage. Over the course of the conversation, they wonder "does anybody think the Live Earth concerts are not a political statement by Gore's supporters that will end up benefiting Al Gore?" and speculate that it "could be the largest in kind contribution in American political history."
I'll be the first to say that if Al Gore runs for president, the Live Earth concerts might help him a bit. But is it free political advertising? Only in the minds of neanderthals like Gibson and Waters who still think global warming is "controversial" and scientifically debatable. Of course, that's not true. Only a few scientists, unworthy of the name, argue that global warming isn't happening and/or not caused by man. Is it a political issue? Sure it is. But only because most Republican legislators still believe it's not real, and fight any attempts to address the issue. They forget that addressing global warming doesn't just benefit Democrats, liberals, and their children. John Gibson's children will benefit, too. So will Clay Waters'.