The “Star Wars” legend once told a reporter he regularly takes his private plane out to scratch that Wimpy-sized itch.
‘I’m so passionate about flying, I often fly up the coast for a cheeseburger,’ he said in 2010.
And he’s got the fleet to make that possible. Harrison Ford, a licensed pilot, boasts an array of classic cars and planes would make gear heads Hulk green with envy.
Oh, and Ford just appeared before the United Nations to warn us we’re doomed unless we take climate change seriously.
Confused? You should be, and the mainstream media doesn’t make things easier. Most reporters avoid sharing details diminishing celebrity eco-warriors’ clout.
Ford’s sizable carbon footprint, hardly a state secret, should be a key element of any climate change speech he gives. Hypocrisy matters.
A few outlets noted his support for teen activist Greta Thunberg. Most news sites ignored Ford’s plea, though. That’s unexpected, given Ford’s enduring appeal and how young Thunberg dominated the news cycle for several days.
Perhaps reporters feared readers would connect the speech to his high flying ways. And, as a result, preferred to ignore the speech entirely.
That kind of thinking is how the media covers for climate change hypocrites. Avoid narratives that hurt their cause, and play up their rhetoric without vital context.
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Two years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio turned his Oscar speech moment into a climate change battle cry.
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species,” he told the massive audience, extending far beyond the theater hall. He knew few, if any, reporters would quiz him on his gargantuan carbon footprint.
He was correct, with one exception. Right-leaning outlets noted his glaring double standard. Similar sites also chided Ford for his duplicitous stance. The Washington Times picked up on Ford’s personal hypocrisy. Breitbart News did, too, noting how many social media users spotted the issue as well.