Since there have been answers to other parts of this issue that weren't asked, I am going to dive in and answer both parts as well.
First off, whether you believe in God creating Earth, or the big bang theory, or any other belief you have, everyone has to admit, this planet was made to function in a good way. The circle of life and all. Too many meat eaters in the animal kingdom? Well, they kill off too many prey animals, then some of the carnivores die off, allowing the prey animals to breed and raise new generations. Water evaporates, and comes back down, dispersed over large areas as rain, to give life to plants and animals. A good system. Personally I believe it was created by God, but that is neither here nor there. And I think the system was as close to perfect as you can get. Of course, global warming is man assisted. But we have had major climate changes even before we had cars, electricity, etc. So, yes I think we contribute to it. The problem is, all we can control is our own contributions. And no matter your political beliefs, I think most people are willing to cut down on harming the environment.
But will both sides get equal airing on TV? Since when has life been fair and equal? So to answer the question at heart, no, the opposing side won't get equal airing. For one thing, I have yet to see any major issue not have a clear majority behind one side. The man made global warming is going to get a large majority behind it because humans need to feel in control. And since we cannot control even small changes in weather conditions, believing that global warming could happen even without humans gives them nothing to try to control. NBC will not give even 1% coverage to an opposing view. I don't see them, in any given issue, giving equal air time to both sides of any issue.
Oh, and in response to the "he wasn't campaigning at the time", politicians are ALWAYS campaigning. Always looking for name recognition and support from the public. I wouldn't be suprised to find that they carry markers into public bathrooms and scrawl "Support ( insert politician name)" on the stall walls. NBC is going to throw its weight behind a politican with high name recognition that is coming out with an issue that has major support from the pubic. And Gore did that with a rather scary issue ( the ruination of our planet). Will they now oppose their own support of an issue? Nope, because instead of making them look fair and equal, it could mean they would look like they don't know what to believe. And that might ruin their image. They won't chance that, or ruining their relationship with a highly recognized politician.
The opposing view point won't get national airing.
This is how word is spreading for the opposing viewpoint.
I am sure NCPA doesn't even have 7 hours of TV time coming, let alone 70 from NBC. NBC will air the side they think will get them the most supporters. Equality is not an issue for them. Both in the global warming issue or the campaigning issue. If Gore ran, and his opponent had a strong issue they supported, they would not get 70 hours of special attention.
· 1 decade ago