What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement?

Of course critical documentaries have an important place in a democracy, but all the indications are that tonight’s broadcast will be just the latest example of C4 peddling a distorted view of the environment movement and the issues it cares about - nothing more than a cheap hatchet job aimed at generating controversy for controversy’s sake.

On April 1st 1998 Channel 4 was forced to apologise for a ‘documentary’ it made about the environmental movement, called, ‘Against Nature’. It was ruled the programme makers misled his interviewees about “the content and purpose of the programmes” and distorted their views “through selective editing”.

Fast forward to 2007 and Channel 4 was once again forced to apologise after Ofcom ruled their hugely influential documentary, ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’, treated two scientists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) unfairly.

Well, it seems, here we go again.

This evening Channel 4 will broadcast ‘What the Green movement got wrong’. Before it has even aired, reports suggest C4 are up to their old tricks. The Guardian reports that one of the contributors, Adam Werbach, has ordered that his interviews be removed from the film since:

“He says that the final version, which he has seen, does not accurately represent his opinions and that he wants his contribution edited out of the programme. He is now considering making a formal complaint to Ofcom, the UK’s media regulator, once the programme has aired.”

Now Left Foot Forward has learned that amongst the commentators to appear in tonight’s film is Patrick Moore, a former Greenpeace director (during the 1970s) who now makes a living from being a major critic of green movement. He is known to have been paid directly by the mining, logging, GM and nuclear industries.

When Wired Magazine profiled Moore they described how:

“He’s a mouthpiece for some of the very interests Greenpeace was founded to counter, notably the timber and plastics industries.”

Concluding:

“It’s possible that fat fees or wounded feelings give Moore’s vehemence an edge. And it’s not inconceivable that he’s an out-and-out mercenary.”

Left Foot Forward has learned that Asia Pulp and Paper, one of the best-known rainforest destroyers in the world, are currently paying the agency run by Patrick Moore to conduct an environmental audit of their operations in Indonesia.

Presumably this ‘audit,’ which is expected to be published on Wednesday, will finally expose how forest preservation is damaging the environment, and only an extensive programme of clear-cutting can save the rainforest. After all, Moore is on record in the New York Post dismissing concerns about the impacts of logging, mining and clearing for agriculture in Amazonia, saying:

“All these save-the-forests arguments are based on bad science. … They are quite simply wrong… This stuff about them (Amazonian forests) vanishing at an alarming rate is a con based on bad science … Anyone who has been in the jungle knows that if you want to live there, you’d better take a few machetes.”

The Guardian also reports that a coalition of organisations from across the developing world have also complained to Channel 4 about the film because two of the pro-GM (Genetic Modification) commentators that are to appear in the film are funded by the GMO industry.

Of course critical documentaries have an important place in a democracy, but all the indications are that tonight’s broadcast will be just the latest example of C4 peddling a distorted view of the environment movement and the issues it cares about – nothing more than a cheap hatchet job aimed at generating controversy for controversy’s sake.

34 Responses to “What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement?”

  1. Shamik Das

    What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/ddyGmM asks @JossGarman on @leftfootfwd //myloc.me/dQOrq

  2. James Mills

    RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/ddyGmM asks @JossGarman

  3. Joss Garman

    I've just blogged on tonight's #c4 doco on the Green movement //bit.ly/9kvfEP – a cheap hatchet job for controversy's sake?

  4. Norvik_1602

    @leftfootfwd What's your problem with any legitimate criticism? @JossGarman //bit.ly/ddyGmM Since when does "left" imply "green" ?

  5. Joss Garman

    @TomClarke10 Hi Tom – I just blogged on tonight's programme //bit.ly/ct24AZ #c4Green

  6. Tom Clarke

    RT @jossgarman: @TomClarke10 Hi Tom – I just blogged on tonight's programme //bit.ly/ct24AZ #c4Green

  7. Steve Rooney

    RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/ddyGmM asks @JossGarman

  8. papanomicron

    this already looked annoying may watch RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/boKFuT

  9. Paul Jeater

    RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/boKFuT

  10. Andy Sutherland

    RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/ddyGmM asks @JossGarman

  11. Kris Jones

    @krishgm Have you seen this from Left Foot Forward about tonight's programme? //bit.ly/9XSpuq

  12. Rachel

    RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/boKFuT

  13. Joss Garman

    Here’s a copy of the letter sent to c4 by groups across the developing world: //www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/12628-letter-from-global-south-to-channel-4

  14. rich hawkins

    RT @jossgarman: I've just blogged on tonight's #c4 doco on the Green movement //bit.ly/9kvfEP – a cheap hatchet job for controversy's sake?

  15. Danny Carrington

    RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/ddyGmM asks @JossGarman

  16. Karen Hh

    RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/boKFuT #c4green

  17. Stuart Pearce

    A permanent (green) counter revolution? RT @leftfootfwd: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement? //bit.ly/boKFuT

  18. Emma Rubach

    Environmentalist Joss Garman on C4's environmental reporting record //bit.ly/bQms0S #c4green

  19. lucy warin

    RT @emmarubach: Environmentalist Joss Garman on C4's environmental reporting record //bit.ly/bQms0S #c4green

  20. Sophie Brooks

    Controversy is rife even before the C4 programme on How the Env Movement went Wrong has completed its airing //bit.ly/bicPcR

  21. timhollo

    Saddening blog post from @jossgarman about another 'documentary' that is actually anti-Green campaigning //bit.ly/bQms0S

  22. Paul Rogers

    RT @timhollo: Saddening blog post from @jossgarman about another 'documentary' that is actually anti-Green campaigning //bit.ly/bQms0S

  23. Carl Dunn

    RT @timhollo: Saddening blog post from @jossgarman about another 'documentary' that is actually anti-Green campaigning //bit.ly/bQms0S

  24. Simon

    I missed the program I generally don’t watch telly these days. However I understand Stewart Brand was included and I thought “Whole Earth Discipline” was pretty good.

  25. sunny hundal

    What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement, asks @jossgarman, quite rightly //bit.ly/aMa8Df

  26. David T Breaker

    “@sunny_hundal: What is C 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement" //bit.ly/aMa8Df < Don't like it when it's against you then?

  27. David T Breaker

    “@sunny_hundal: What 4’s problem with report Green movement @jossgarman //bit.ly/aMa8Df < How many docs misrepresent/slander the right?

  28. Rupert Read

    This makes 3 in a row by C4. Disgraceful, biassed controversialism.
    Where are the C4 programmes exposing the garbage arguments of the climatedeniers, etc?
    Brand is pretty bad these days, btw: a real apologist for capitalism. He’s made an awfully big anf highly problematic journey since his impressive early days. He is getting coverage nowadays basically for slagging off his old friends, as Moore is. Corporate media love a fight, and even more they love a sellout, someone who has ‘matured’ and given up any revolutionary ambition. Sellouts are immensely psychologically reassuring, they assuage rich peoples guilt immensely.

  29. Dunc

    Well, they’re a commercial TV station. Even ignoring the obvious point that anything that’s bad for business is bad for advertising revenues, there’s a lot of money to be made by telling people what they want to hear.

    I only flipped over briefly, caught a load of the usual bullshit about DDT, and flipped off again before I started screaming at the TV…

  30. RupertRead

    RT @sunny_hundal: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement, asks @jossgarman, quite rightly //bit.ly/aMa8Df

  31. SadButMadLad

    And the green movement are totally above board are they. Aren’t they funded by groups with hidden agendas too? They are also funded by tax payers money (via quangos and charities) – money tax payers have no say in deciding how its spent.

    Isn’t this just a campaign to throw shit around knowing that it will stick to something. And when someone says bad science to you, why not come up and prove that its not bad science in a scientific peer reviewed manner. Show your workings as they used to say during exams.

    And can anyone not forget 10:10 and their campaign to kill anyone who doesn’t believe in the green-eco movement and AGW.

  32. EdH

    RT @sunny_hundal: What is Channel 4’s problem with reporting the Green movement, asks @jossgarman, quite rightly //bit.ly/aMa8Df

  33. jeff_h

    Channel 4 is more left wing than the BBC. Both should be shut down.

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