Fish Wrapper Ignores Story About Kulongoski And His Liberal Intolerance

The liberal left continues to show its "tolerance" for opposing views on the topic of global warming, but this time, the Fish Wrapper chooses to ignore it. As initially reported on the KGW web site and picked up nationally by Drudge and Newsbusters, our do-nothing governor Teddy has once again demonstrated how two faced liberals can be.

As with the Fish Wrapper, the KGW article was slanted against Taylor:

In the face of evidence agreed upon by hundreds of climate scientists, George Taylor holds firm. He does not believe human activities are the main cause of global climate change.

Taylor also holds a unique title: State Climatologist.

Hundreds of scientists last Friday issued the strongest warning yet on global warming saying humans are "very likely" the cause.

“Most of the climate changes we have seen up until now have been a result of natural variations,” Taylor asserts.

Taylor has held the title of "state climatologist" since 1991 when the legislature created a state climate office at OSU The university created the job title, not the state.

His opinions conflict not only with many other scientists, but with the state of Oregon's policies.

And there are many other eminently qualified scientists who disagree with global warming hype, but that would involve the whole truth, and therefore isn't interesting to the MSM.

And because of Taylor's daring to speak out against GW, he should be silenced:

So the governor wants to take that title from Taylor and make it a position that he would appoint.

In an exclusive interview with KGW-TV, Governor Ted Kulongoski confirmed he wants to take that title from Taylor. The governor said Taylor's contradictions interfere with the state's stated goals to reduce greenhouse gases, the accepted cause of global warming in the eyes of a vast majority of scientists.

“He is Oregon State University's climatologist. He is not the state of Oregon's climatologist,” Kulongoski said.

 

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Kulongoski said the state needs a consistent message on reducing greenhouse gases to combat climate change.

The Governor says, "I just think there has to be somebody that says, 'this is the state position on this.'"

So in other words, Teddy just needs a yes man, instead of someone who actually says that the emperor has no clothes.

Considering how the DFW has continually jumped on the hype bandwagon of global warming, I thought for sure they would have made this a headline, since according to their public editor, local stories take precedence over national stories when it comes to headlines. However, in the two editions since this was made public, not one peep has been published in the Dead Fish Wrapper about this story.

Now why could this be? I would think they would want to make a lot of noice about how Teddy is making a stand for global warming and practicing the Democrat motto of silencing opposition. But then again, maybe not. My thought is that the Fish Wrapper realizes how bad this really looks, and are trying to protect him, since he is a Democrat (we all know how much bad press the Fish Wrapper would give if the governor doing this was a Republican).

If anybody else has any other explanations, please elaborate.

Update: It looks like I spoke too soon. The Dead Fish Wrapper finally did a decent sized article on the situation in Saturday's paper. As I would expect, the Fish Wrapper did it's usual slanted piece that favored the governor.

The interesting part about the article is that it really shows what's important to the governor: money and yes men. He basically can't stand it when anyone disagrees with him.

And those views don't sit well with Kulongoski, who believes the science increasingly points to human activity as the most likely cause of global warming. He has appointed task forces of well-known Oregon scientists and business leaders to advise him on climate change.

And Teddy has quite the background in science to say this, doesn't he?

The governor also has staked his political legacy on developing Oregon as a center for climate research and development of renewable energy.

So once again it's tie to follow the money, not the science. As the article says, it's his political legacy (something that is already long gone) that matters the most to him, not the truth.

Richter Taylor says the Oregon governor isn't trying to censor or fire anyone.

"He is trying to make sure we have the right person with the right credentials speaking on behalf of this state," she said.

Translation: George Taylor doesn't agree with me and the rest of the global warming hype crowd, and I don't like it when people dare to contradict me, even when I don't know what I'm talking about, so I'm going to use my position to discredit him.

The interesting about Taylor is that he really doesn't care about whether he's called the "state climatologist" or not.

Taylor, who was in California on business, said Friday that he had not heard of the governor's most recent request to change his title nor does it matter much to him what he is called.

"It certainly seems to have become a huge issue with a lot of people," he said.

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Whatever happens to his title, Taylor said Friday, he wants to keep working at OSU.

"I've been here since 1989 and would prefer to stay," he said. "It certainly wasn't my intention to run afoul with the administration in Salem."

But ol' Teddy has certainly been in a lather about the issue of who is called the state climatologist.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski wants to make it perfectly clear who has the official word on global warming in Oregon: He does.

Kulongoski has asked the president of Oregon State University to stop George Taylor, head of the Oregon Climate Service, from calling himself the "state climatologist."

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"It's something he feels very strongly about," Anna Richter Taylor, Kulongoski's spokeswoman, said Friday. "From the governor's perspective there's no such position as state climatologist that speaks on behalf of the state on issues of climate change."

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In recent weeks, Kulongoski has told reporters that Taylor is not the state climatologist.

The governor also asked Sen. Brad Avakian, D-Bethany, to draft legislation allowing Kulongoski to appoint a state climatologist, because current law does not include such a position.

Now Avakian says the bill is dead, since the governor and OSU have worked it out with each other.

In a meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, the governor asked OSU President Edward Ray to see that Taylor's title is changed to "OSU climatologist" or anything other than "state climatologist."

Milstein and Cole do manage to get in a shot non-liberal blogs, too.

But conservative television commentators and right-wing bloggers took on Oregon's governor anyway for seeking to silence or even fire Taylor.

Kulongoski has been called everything from a "Godless Governor" to a "Global Warming McCarthyist."

I'd be willing to bet that if the show were on the other foot, with the lefty nutroot bloggers writing about a Republican governor, you can bet they wouldn't be using the terms "liberal" and "left-wing", would they?

I suppose we should be happy that at least the Fish Wrapper covered this story, instead of ignoring it like they did about the story of four back girls attacking a white girl in Portland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oregonian has been

The Oregonian has been quoting this guy as the "state climatologist" for years, while it's never been quite true. This seems like an attempt at correcting the record.

An attempt by who? Granted,

An attempt by who? Granted, this article is not as slanted as others, but it (and the previous article on the OMSI event) still does its best to show Kulongoski as the smart guy who knows what he's talking about and Taylor as the idiot who's a lone voice fighting against common scientific opinion.

DOH! I forgot the link to

DOH! I forgot the link to the website!! Sorry. Here it is...

http://dailyhowler.com/dh020907.shtml

It looks like we both spoke

It looks like we both spoke too soon (see my update to the entry).

As for the article you referred to, the author clearly isn't interested in facts. He would obviously rather put down people who disagree with global warming than discuss that. As I've mentioned a couple times on this site, there are highly qualified climatologists who disagree with the hype and make the point that what Al Gore extrapolated from the data is off the charts, it's so bad. But the author would rather make ad hominem attacks than look at the actual data.

My point in this post wasn't originally about Kulongoski. He is a horrible governor that has continued the Democrat tradition of running the state into the ground, but the point of this site is to point out the liberal bias that pervades the Oregonian. If I had waited until today (when the story finally was published), the post would have been different. Instead it would have consisted of what I have in the update section, about how the paper will try to protect a liberal, regardless of how poor a job he does in governing.

Can you please go to the

Can you please go to the webpage below, scan down to the section titled "Special report: Global dumbing!", read that section, and blog a follow up-post including your reaction?

Thank you so much.

Joe
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