Today’s column didn’t generate as much email as I thought it would. A few thoughtful liberals complained that I didn’t give enough credence to global warming. A few thoughtful conservatives thought I was too generous to global warming. The fact, however, is that you can only write one column at a time and this one wasn’t about the science of global warming. What I expected was a lot more email like the one below. So far, I’ve only gotten a couple of this sort. Note, for close students of the genre how he gets himself more and more worked up as he types. From a reader (asterisks mine):
Your article completely mischaracterizes Al Gore, the film “An Inconvenient Truth” and the position of those who believe Global Warming is an important issue that should not be ignored. You infer that Gore and environmentalists are hysterically scaremongering, comparing global warming to the holocaust. Did you see this film? It was a ration and compelling argument based on facts. It was not hysterical in tone. You obviously have an agenda to smear Al Gore. If you had seen this film then you would realize that your characterization of it is far off base. For anyone who has seen this film it is obvious that your article is nothing but a smear and is based on your hate toward Gore rather than on the content of the film.
Skeptics of global warming have not been subjected to “vicious character assassination on a daily basis”. On the contrary, I have read plenty of article from “journalists” like you who react so harshly against this film. You continually smear, insult and berate Al Gore and the rational arguments raise in this film.
You’re article is full of hate, ignorance and name calling. I support Al Gore, his campaign against global warming and I believe it is an important issue that we should stop pretending does not exist. I am a rational, intelligent and free thinking individual. I have not been duped or fooled by scaremongers. If you are offended by scaremongering I would think that you would direct your energies elsewhere. Scaremongering has been used far more offensively to cause an unnecessary war and to keep Americans under the constant fear of terrorism.
You are just another transparent a**hole. Your article is nothing more than hate filled crap. I hope you get cancer in your a** and die.