Mainstream Media Scream: NYT's Tom Friedman slaps climate change skeptics

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman rapping climate change skeptics for not conforming to the mainstream view that global warming is real and a danger.

On Sunday’s CBS' "Face the Nation," in a segment promoting sister network Showtime’s upcoming global warming series, "Years of Living Dangerously," Friedman said:

"Let me put it in personal terms. So, your son or daughter has a disease and you go to 100 doctors. 97 percent of them, 97 of the hundred say this is the cause and this is the cure. And three percent say this is the cause, this is the cure. That is what it is on the climate science. 97 percent of experts say this, three percent say that and conservatives are saying 'I’m going go to with the three percent.' That’s not conservative, that's Trotskyite radical. Okay? That you would go with the three percent and not the 97 percent."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “If anyone is employing Trotskyite tactics in the global warming debate, it's Friedman and the conformists who want to eliminate dissent from anyone who dares to question the presumptions behind their big government regulatory agenda in the guise of scientific ?consensus.' If the science is so solid, why are they so eager to denigrate doubters?”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at