An open letter to 104.5 Chum FM:
Dear Chum FM and the Roger, Rick & Marilyn Show,
I was listening to your morning show today and was pleased to hear you reporting on the fact it was Earth Day. But then I was dismayed to hear you spend a full minute of the newscast giving airtime to the people who deny global warming exists. I don’t see what this was intended to accomplish. Any sane person can see that we have a problem with pollution in our world. Even George W. Bush has acknowledged that global warming is a serious problem. And yet you felt that a few lunatic scientists who are funded by oil companies deserved more time in your broadcast than the people trying to clean up our city and our planet.
Your newscaster followed the positive Earth Day news with the line: “But of course, there’s always a contrary opinion.” Really? If you did a story about a Holocaust remembrance ceremony, would you feel the need to let a Holocaust-denier go on for 60 seconds as “balance?” Sure, there’s always a contrary opinion. But there isn’t always a logical contrary opinion that deserves airtime. The oil companies have tried to make it look like there’s a “debate” in the scientific community on the subject. But anyone who’s looked into it knows this is misinformation. You can always find someone who’s willing to present a shoddy argument for a fee. But I don’t see why this would earn them 50% of your newscast on a story about the environment.
I feel that you should apologize on air to your viewers for diminishing the important work that people are doing for Earth Day and for using your station’s clout to promote dangerous, unfounded opinions that can only result in more deaths from smog and climate change. I am very disappointed in your station and in the usually positive and responsible Roger, Rick & Marilyn Show.