April 24, 2008

Time Magazine and Global Warming

"During the Second World War, the Japanese empire represented a potent threat to the United States global warming does not. To use this image in a doctored fashion makes light of one of the most familiar moments of one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history..."

Time has always been passionate about Global Warming, but this latest issue stepped it up a notch and made them gain stronger supporters or enemies, in my case, the latter. On this occasion the magazine has gone too far.

The April 28th issue cover is a Photoshopped adaptation of U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy corpsman raising the almighty United States flag on Mount Suribachi; an iconic image by the late Joe Rosenthal that won him a Pulitzer prize, and one that has its own unique place in history.

This represents only one of two times in 85 years that the magazine has used a border that is not red, thus we conclude, that Time feels strongly enough about the issue to break a key rule about presentation and color elements in order to draw attention; no doubt a brilliant maneuver.

During the Second World War, the Japanese empire represented a potent threat to the United States global warming does not. To use this image in a doctored fashion makes light of one of the most familiar moments of one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history.

Perhaps Time is getting anxious to get the message out given that Gallop recently revealed an enlightening and inconvenient truth; Americans are not worried about global warming:

“While 61% of Americans say the effects of global warming have already begun, just a little more than a third say they worry about it a great deal, a percentage that is roughly the same as the one Gallup measured 19 years ago … Despite the enormous attention paid to global warming over the past several years, the average American is in some ways no more worried about it than in years past.”

Alternatively, as the editors at National Review Online noted:

"The last few years have witnessed an Internet-stock bubble and a real-estate bubble. Could we be approaching the bursting point of the climate-change bubble?"

"The intensity of the current climate crusade, Al Gore’s $300 million ad campaign, and Time’s fifth panicky global-warming cover in three years (“Be Worried, Be Very Worried” read the 2006 cover) are all good contrary indicators suggesting that the hysteria is reaching its terminal stage. Like mortgage-backed securities dealers, the climate campaigners are in a panic because the public isn’t buying what they’re selling."


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Thankfully, it seems Americans are not losing their heads over global warming, Time on the other hand is.

Read my earlier postings on Climate Change here and here

What do you think

22 comments:

MK said...

The other day when i went to the doctors, i saw a solitary copy of time from 2007, just ignore those fools i say, even the useless celebrity magazines are doing better than them. Even their ads suck.

American Interests.blog said...

mk: Thanks for that. Speaking of doctors this cold is getting out of hand so I'll be visiting myself today. See how many old Time copies are laying around...

Lauren said...

Otto,

I was literally typing in your address to an email message, about to send you a link to this pic and some "nice" comments.

When was the last time TIME made any efforts to respect anything American? I mean, for goodness sakes, they made Adolf Hitler man of the year at one time. Obviously, they are more interested in controversy and marketing than America herself.

I no longer read TIME for these very reasons.

Great post. Hope all is well and that you get over your sickness. Things have been crazy here as well. I will write a post about it soon.

Take care,
Lauren

Karen said...

I did a post about Richard Stengal, editor, and his thoughts on journalism. No wonder Time's circulation is down so much, just like Newsweek's. It becomes more and more clear the agenda is anti-American and certainly anti-conservative.

First Al Gore's power point "movie" is called on the falsehoods by scientists, then a poll shows only about a third of Americans even think about climate change, a number virtually unchanged since 1970 when it all began!

Good post, Otto. Hope you are feeling better.

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

This picture not only disgusts me but it is an insult to the brave men who raised the flag at Iwo and the men and women who have fought for and continue to fight for this country!

Conservative Hawk said...

Recently, I added your site as a link on my "Conservative Blogs" page. I would like to know if you have a blogroll or a links page, if you would please ad my link to your page. My site is conservativehawk dot com. Your link may be found at under the "Conservative Blogs" page by clicking the tab at the top.

Thank you.

heidianne jackson said...

great post and insight, per ususal, otto. karen's post was awesome too. these guys disgust me.

btw, conservative hawk, i can't pull up your page :(

heidianne jackson
http://biggirlpants.typepad.com

American Interests.blog said...

Lauren: I thinks everyones getting the message about the magazine. Also check out Karen's aril 23 post, "stop the presses" at http://ponderingpenguin.blogspot.com/

Karen: Interesting post yours, about Stengal's admission...Keep up the good fight...

Ken at The liberal Lie the Conservative Truth: Kudos!

American Interests.blog said...

Conservative Hawk:
www.conservativehawk.com
Thanks for linking and commenting. Welcome to AI! I will be happy to add yours to my site as soon as i can get it up. Technical difficulties I see...

Heidianne: Thanks but I must add, your April 23 post about Obama, "Observations of Africa on the agent of change" is outstanding. I feel compelled to direct everyone over to read it...In fact I will, visit:

http://biggirlpants.typepad.com/

Americaneocon said...

Great posting, Ottavio.

Time has definitely gone too far.

I like your comment here:

"During the Second World War, the Japanese empire represented a potent threat to the United States global warming does not. To use this image in a doctored fashion makes light of one of the most familiar moments of one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history."

Well said!

The Lonely Conservative said...

I was disgusted when I saw that cover. My grand father fought in WWII, if he were alive I doubt he would agree with Time's assessment that global warming is as big a threat as the Nazi's and Japanese of that era. I think the enviro-nazi's are the real threat to humanity. How many people have died and are dying because of their policies.

BTW-I like your blog:)

The Lonely Conservative said...

Also, Happy ANZAC Day!

American Interests.blog said...

ConservativeHawk: I see the technical dificualties are over, I accessed your site and am pleased to note that American Interests is amonsgst your links, Thank you!
www.conservativehawk.com has been added to the blogroll...

American Interests.blog said...

Donald Douglas americaneocon: Glad you agree Don, keep up the good work at http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/

American Interests.blog said...

The Lonely Conservative: http://www.lonelyconservative.com/
Thanks for the favorable comments and welcome to AI. Have added your site to the blogroll. And thanks also for the Anzac wishes. ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australians.

The Lonely Conservative said...

I have a co-worker friend from Australia, we all put on temporary Australia tattoos to help her celebrate the day. Thanks, for adding my blog. I'll add American Interests to mine as well. It's uplifting to find that American have friends overseas.

theconservatorium said...

Very well spoken Otto... for Time to use that image to make a comparison to global warming is outright despicable.

Incognito said...

That's why i stopped reading time magazine a long time ago...

i think many of us are not losing our heads over global warming is because we have witnessed some of the coldest winters in decades. and so has most of the world.

Tapline said...

Otto, Good call...There is no end to this defamation by those who should know better....This shows to what lengths, the leftys will go to get attention. They have no bond with these national heros'. Shameful!!! stay well.....

American Interests.blog said...

The lonely Conservative: Appreciate you adding my blog to your site.....

Theconservatorium:
http://theconservatorium.wordpress.com/
Welcome to AI, your site has been added to the blogroll and thanks for the comments!

American Interests.blog said...

Incog:
http://republicaninthearts.blogspot.com/
Totally agree with your comments, its good to see you here incog...

Tapline: This shows to what lengths, the leftys will go to get attention. They have no bond with these national heros'
Well said!

Conservative Chic said...

I couldn't believe it when I saw this. I thought of all the people who gave their lives and this is how they are rewarded. The original picture is one that I will never get tired of looking at. It symbolized hope and unity, triumph and victory and to have it mocked is just an outrage. I don't read it, and I am glad. Whether it was a publicity stunt or just trying to make a point, it was appalling. Great post.

Sorry I haven't been by in a while, it's been kind of hectic on the homefront.