A CNN press release declared that Glenn Beck's upcoming "special report" will "deflate what Beck perceives as the media hype surrounding global warming" and "question the accuracy of Al Gore's claims in the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth." Beck has repeatedly advanced falsehoods related to global climate change, cited debunked scientists to support his doubts that "we're causing" global warming, and regularly attacked Gore.
On his radio program, Glenn Beck stated that Al Gore is using "the same tactic" in his efforts to fight global warming that Adolf Hitler used to vilify Jews in Nazi Germany, but Beck said that Gore's "goal is different. The goal is globalization. The goal is global carbon tax. The goal is the United Nations running the world. That is the goal."
On CNN's The Situation Room, Murray Energy Corp. CEO Robert Murray called Al Gore "the shaman of global goofiness and gloom and doom," and Carol Costello reported: "What [Murray is] really concerned about are people losing their jobs." But Costello did not report that several of Murray's own mines have reportedly been embroiled in controversy over labor rights and substandard safety conditions.
Patrick Michaels falsely compared Al Gore's claim that global warming could cause "sea level worldwide [to] go up 20 feet" with a portion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 report that predicted a sea-level increase of 8 to 18 inches. In fact, the IPCC report made that estimate based only on increases in temperature, while Gore was discussing what would occur if vast sections of polar ice "broke up and slipped into the sea."
A New York Times article about Al Gore's congressional testimony on global warming reported that "Danish statistician and author" Bjorn Lomborg testified at the same House hearing, but the article did not mention climate experts' criticism of Lomborg's writings on global warming or that Lomborg has previously misrepresented Gore's claims on global warming.
Neil Cavuto falsely claimed that data on the Earth's average temperature are not "reliable" beyond "about 100 years." In fact, the National Academy of Sciences released a report in June 2006, which stated, "with a high level of confidence," that during the last few decades of the 20th century, the Earth's average surface temperature was higher than any other period in the last 400 years.
A Washington Post article previewing Al Gore's congressional testimony noted that Congress would also hear testimony from "skeptics" on global warming such as Bjorn Lomborg, a "political scientist" at the Copenhagen Business School. The article discussed Lomborg's views on global warming and his book on the issue, but did not mention that the book has been discredited by several well-known environmental specialists.