Feb 12 2013

Who says the media needs science people?

Maybe we just need them for the ones who think global warming attracts meteors.


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  1. 1

    At least it seems to be just plain ignorance rather than a desire to discredit the idea of global warming.

    No, it isn’t making this error any easier for me to accept as happening on air.

  2. 2
    Rob Grigjanis

    Big Media doesn’t care about science, unless it’s a story they think will “grab” audience. Of course, the audience is largely scientifically illiterate anyway.

    I was watching the CBC News Network in 2011, and they were beginning a story on a recent study on the dire condition of the oceans (“Much worse than we thought” was the lead-in). This was cut off a few seconds in, because there was “breaking news” from Ottawa. Some functionary was giving a press briefing on the itinerary of Will&Kate’s upcoming visit to Canada, about a month later.

    Not a word more about the ocean study, to this day as far as I can tell.

  3. 3
    Pierce R. Butler

    C’mon CNN – ever’buddy knows its the ghey secks what attracts meteors!

  4. 4
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    I thought asteroids were attracted to dinosaurs.

  5. 5

    Yes, yes, yes… do hurry up with your science-y explanation-y stuff Mr. Nye… Can you get to the point, please? Will this global-warming meteor hit us or not? No? Okay, great.

    In other news, the tiddly-wink festival began today in downtown Scranton…

  6. 6

    I thought the meteor is coming at the Earth because Germany stole all the sun light.

  7. 7

    That question made my head hurt . . . . .

  8. 8
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    So, more German pirates = less global warming and meteors, but we’ll have to negotiate with them for the sunlight?

  9. 9

    A cute little joke about meteorites and meteorology. Get off your high horse, superscientists.

  10. 10

    Back in the 60s the government came up with the idea that teachers should never admonish a child for a wrong answer but to praise them for making an effort.

    Fifty years later it is clear that the experiment hasn’t worked.

  11. 11
    Jafafa Hots

    Well I’m just glad this asteroid will be “sort of going up and above” the planet earth.

  12. 12

    Good question! Her Cosmetology training sure is coming in handy for this interview.

  13. 13

    I did like Nye’s putting the miss distance into terms of time. It’s one thing to think of a rock coming by half the distance to the moon, or half the distance to geosynchronous satellites. Those are all in thousands of miles. But when he says “fifteen minutes” it really puts it into perspective, It really shows you that the universe is out to kill us, and life really is nothing but a series of fortunate near misses.

  14. 14

    Why do people keep watching the CNN garbage?

  15. 15

    there needs to be an awards ceremony for this kind of thing and this thing should be nomitated

  16. 16

    @rogerfirth #13:

    I did like Nye’s putting the miss distance into terms of time.

    Are you sure Nye wasn’t talking in terms of angles? Fifteen minutes of arc, as it were? He held his thumb and forefinger together as if he was attempting to convey a small angular distance… until Miss Rocks-In-Her-Head interrupted him.

    Fifteen minutes of arc is equivalent to 1/4 of a degree. I would assume scientists calculated and compared the trajectory required for a collision to the actual measured trajectory and expressed the difference in terms of angle.

    Not saying I’m right, however! It could very well be 15 minutes of time, meaning that if the meteor was hypothetically delayed (or advanced) by 15 minutes (along its predicted path), it would collide with our planet.

  17. 17

    I believe God delivered this meteor as retribution for Pope Ratzi’s resignation, and it was actually intended for The Vatican.

    Omnipotent, indeed. Jehovah throws like a girl.

    *Gets coat, very quickly*

  18. 18

    Bill Nye touched his watch when he talked about 15 minutes. I think he was saying that if the earth were fifteen minutes further along in its orbit around the sun, it’d cross paths with the meteoroid/asteroid.

    Let’s see … Earth moves 18 miles per second, 60 seconds in a minute, 15 minutes … 16,200 miles in 15 minutes. Sounds about right for the distance I recall it passing by. (I can’t be arsed right now to look it up.)

    Not a point I’d be trying to make on the TV, though. It’s too abstract, and not even a point.

    Yeah, CNN has lost all credibility as far as I am concerned, long ago.

  19. 19

    @Menyambal #18:

    Of course you’re right. I didn’t even see him roll down his sleeve to expose his watch. Derp.

  20. 20

    “Is this an effect of, perhaps, global warming or just some meteoric occasion?”

    Oh for fuck… My faith in Humanity just died a little.

  21. 21

    He could have explained how the asteroid, if it hit the earth,would release clouds of cobalt thorium G that would encircle the earth in a Doomsday shroud for ninety three years.

    It wouldn’t be true but Fox would still blame it on Obama.

  22. 22
    eclipsse, boojuming again

    Watched this. In disbelief.

    People rely on this channel for information?!? Is it always this bad or was this just a trainwreck moment?

    Glad I live in the UK!

  23. 23

    I have a friend that whenever he sees a TV personality on TV express something that ignorant, he starts singing softly “Daisy, Daisy…” a la HAL in “2001: A Space Oddysey.”

  24. 24

    I want to see someone ask Bill Nye how global warming will effect the Bigfoot population.

  25. 25
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    Is it always this bad or was this just a trainwreck moment?

    A little of the first a lot of the second.

    CNN has been steadily circling the toilet for the last 5-6 years. There is some good coverage on there but the vast majority is more entertainment than hard news.

    Of course CNN doesn’t have a monopoly on this formula.

  26. 26

    At least there wasn’t any global warming denying. I’ve learned to accept the very lowest expectations on science reporting. Now I’m going to have some whiskey.

  27. 27

    There actually might be fewer meteors due to global warming; the increased carbon at the edge of the atmosphere is causing a cooling effect, reducing atmospheric drag on all the crap orbiting the Earth.

  28. 28

    Being simply limited in intelligence is an excuse, but there is no excuse for a a supposed report being that utterly ill-informed. But I guess these people aren’t reporters anymore, they are simply blithering faces on a screen.

  29. 29

    Nice to see a lib anchor acting as stoopid as the faux news people. Can we stop listening to these idiots now?

  30. 30

    This seems to be an ongoing situation with Bill Nye and cable news. Here is another anchor asking him a depressingly stupid climate-change-related question. Is this some kind running joke, or are cable news hosts literally this fucking stupid?

  31. 31

    At least there wasn’t any global warming denying.

    Not in the video, but the uploader seems to be a denialist using this as an example of media reporting doom and gloom.

  32. 32

    Nature abhors a vacuum. The meteor was clearly pulled here by the science vacuum in so many thinking heads. It’s a good job Bill Nye’s gang managed to scare it off with Bruce Willis and nukes.

  33. 33

    CNN has done worse:

    Space shuttle traveling at 18c

  34. 34

    CNN hasn’t had a science and technology unit since December 3, 2008 when Miles O’Brien left CNN, along with 6 producers. Soon PBS will be the only on air presence doing a reasonable job of promoting science. And by the way there is an article that may explain why David H. Koch (yes one of the Koch brothers) funds ‘Nova’ on PBS:


  35. 35

    A cute little joke about meteorites and meteorology. Get off your high horse, superscientists.

    uh, it was NYE who made the joke, to help excuse the gross ignorance of the woman who asked him that ridiculous question.

    IMO, he handled that way better than most of us would have. My response would have been too blink twice and have my brain lock up for 10 seconds while I tried to interpret something rational to what she asked me.

    …or just completely ignore her question and just go on with talking about the meteor.

  36. 36

    CNN has done worse:

    I disagree.

    that one was obviously replacing a single word that got overlooked.

    this woman’s question was profoundly ignorant.

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