Hot air and John Coleman

How surprising to look at http://del.icio.us/popular/ this afternoon and find a link labeled John Coleman’s Comments Before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. The linked article is a fairly run-of-the-mill screed about the evil conspiracy of environmentalists, the UN, and Al Gore to foist the Global Warming Lie on an innocent America. Although it has a few oddities I hadn’t heard before--did you know that environmentalists are responsible for the “folly of ethanol” and the recent rise in food prices? ADM must be relieved to hear that--it’s not the content that was surprising; it was the author.

John Coleman is well known to Chicago-area residents of a certain age as the hyperkinetic weatherman on Channel 7’s Eyewitness News Team back in the early 70s. This was the seminal “happy talk” news show, and Coleman was its happiest player. He invented--or at least popularized--the terms “thorms” and “thowers” for thunderstorms and thundershowers. I thought he was pretty funny back when I was 10-12 years old. Now he’s a cranky old man spewing right wing propaganda from his retirement sinecure at a San Diego station.

He’s still pretty funny, though. Picture a man who’s been on TV continuously for 50 years complaining about how “the media won’t give us a hearing.” That’s good stuff.

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