Why was media silent? Flashback NASA’s James Hansen Received $250,000 from partisan Heinz Foundation & Endorsed Dem. John Kerry for Pres. in 2004
1) EPW Report on Hansen – July 11, 2006
Hansen Received $250,000 from partisan Heinz Foundation & Endorsed Dem. John Kerry for Pres. in 2004
Excerpt: For example, Brokaw presents NASA’s James Hansen as an authority on climate change without revealing to viewers the extensive political and financial ties that Hansen has to Democrat Party partisans. Hansen, the director of the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, received a $250,000 contribution from the charitable foundation headed by former Democrat Presidential candidate John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz. Subsequent to the Heinz Foundation donation, Hansen publicly endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president in 2004, a political endorsement considered to be highly unusual for a NASA scientist. Hansen also has acted as a consultant to Gore’s slide-show presentations on global warming, on which Gore’s movie is based. Hansen has actively promoted Gore and his movie, even appearing at a New York City Town Hall meeting with Gore and several Hollywood producers in May. Hansen also conceded in a 2003 issue of Natural Science that the use of “extreme scenarios” to dramatize climate change “may have been appropriate at one time” to drive the public’s attention to the issue—- a disturbing admission by a prominent scientist. (link)
2.) From April 17, 2006 – CNSNews.com – By Marc Morano
Excerpt: NASA scientist James Hansen, profiled by the New York Times, “60 Minutes” and other media titans as a renowned scientist with unassailable credibility on the issue of “global warming” and a victim of White House censorship, is actually a loose cannon at NASA who lied about the alleged censorship, according to one of Hansen’s former colleagues as well as a current co-worker. George Deutsch, a former NASA public relations employee who resigned his job in February, told Cybercast News Service that he was warned about Hansen shortly after joining the space agency. “The only thing I was ever told—more so from civil servants and non political people—is, ‘You gotta watch that guy. He is a loose cannon; he is kind of crazy. He is difficult to work with; he is an alarmist; he exaggerates,’” Deutsch said. Deutsch provided Cybercast News Service with agency internal documents and e-mails detailing the frustration among NASA public affairs officials over Hansen’s refusal to follow protocol when it came to granting media interviews.
3) From March 29, 2006 CNSNews.com – By Marc Morano
Scientist Alleging Bush Censorship Helped Gore, Kerry
Excerpt: The scientist touted by CBS News’ “60 Minutes” as arguably the “world’s leading researcher on global warming” and spotlighted as a victim of the Bush administration’s censorship on the issue, publicly endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president and received a $250,000 donation from the charitable foundation headed by Kerry’s wife. Scientist James Hansen has also admitted that he contributed to two recent Democratic presidential campaigns. Furthermore, he acted as a consultant in February to former Vice President Al Gore’s slide show presentations on “global warming,” which Gore presented around the country.
4) September 25, 2006
Excerpt: On March 19th of this year “60 Minutes” profiled NASA scientist and alarmist James Hansen, who was once again making allegations of being censored by the Bush administration. In this segment, objectivity and balance were again tossed aside in favor of a one-sided glowing profile of Hansen.
The “60 Minutes” segment made no mention of Hansen’s partisan ties to former Democrat Vice President Al Gore or Hansen’s receiving of a donation of a quarter of a million dollars from the left-wing Heinz Foundation run by Teresa Heinz Kerry. There was also no mention of Hansen’s subsequent endorsement of her husband John Kerry for President in 2004. Many in the media dwell on any industry support given to so-called climate skeptics, but the same media completely fail to note Hansen’s huge donation from the left-wing Heinz Foundation. http://www.heinzawards.net/speechDetail.asp?speechID=6 The foundation’s money originated from the Heinz family ketchup fortune. So it appears that the media makes a distinction between oil money and ketchup money. “60 Minutes” also did not inform viewers that Hansen appeared to concede in a 2003 issue of Natural Science that the use of “extreme scenarios” to dramatize climate change “may have been appropriate at one time” to drive the public’s attention to the issue. Why would “60 Minutes” ignore the basic tenets of journalism, which call for objectivity and balance in sourcing, and do such one-sided segments? The answer was provided by correspondent Scott Pelley. Pelley told the CBS News website that he justified excluding scientists skeptical of global warming alarmism from his segments because he considers skeptics to be the equivalent of “Holocaust deniers.”
5) – September 28, 2006
Inhofe Speech Excerpt: I do have to give credit to another publication, Congressional Quarterly, or CQ for short. On Tuesday, CQ’s Toni Johnson took the issues I raised seriously and followed up with phone calls to scientist-turned global warming pop star James Hansen’s office. CQ wanted to ask Hansen about his quarter of a million dollar donation from the left-wing Heinz Foundation, whose money originated from the Heinz family ketchup fortune.
As I have pointed out, many in the media dwell on any industry support given to so-called climate skeptics, but the same media completely fail to note Hansen’s huge donation from the partisan Heinz Foundation. It seems the media makes a distinction between ketchup money and oil money.
But Hansen was unavailable to respond to CQ’s questions about the ‘Ketchup Money’ donation, which is highly unusual for a man who finds his way into the media on an almost daily basis. Mr. Hansen is always available when he is peddling his increasingly dire predictions of climate doom.
6) May 26, 2006 – CNSNews.com – By Marc Morano
Excerpt: Hansen defended the $250,000 donation from the foundation run by Teresa Heinz Kerry, during an interview with Cybercast News Service following Thursday’s panel discussion. “That was an environmental award,” Hansen said. “I can’t imagine anyone would turn down an environmental award. You don’t check the politics of who provides the awards. I frankly don’t understand the question,” he added. Hansen bristled when Cybercast News Service asked him about his “extreme scenarios” quote. “It’s pure horsesh**. That statement was taken out of context. I did not say that I had ever used extreme scenarios,” Hansen insisted before ending the interview. […] Gore praised Hansen as an objective scientist, ignoring his partisan Democratic Party ties. As Cybercast News Service previously reported, Hansen publicly endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president in 2004 and received a $250,000 donation from the charitable foundation headed by Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. Hansen also has acted as a consultant to Gore’s slide-show presentations on “global warming,” on which the movie is based. Hansen, who alleged in January that the Bush administration has been suppressing science for political purposes, previously acknowledged that he once emphasized “extreme scenarios” on climate change to drive the public’s attention to the issue. In the March 2004 issue of Scientific American, Hansen wrote, “Emphasis on extreme scenarios may have been appropriate at one time, when the public and decision-makers were relatively unaware of the global warming issue. Now, however, the need is for demonstrably objective climate-forcing scenarios consistent with what is realistic under current conditions.”