Marc Morano

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Marc Morano (born 1968 in Washington, D.C.) is a conservative American publisher. He has been working for different political assignements in the Washington political scene and gained notoriety e.g. as founder of the website Climate Depot, a project of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.[1]

Career[edit]

Morano was raised in McLean, Virginia. He has a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in political science.[2]

A former employee of Senator Jim Inhofe, Morano served as the senator's director of communications beginning in June 2006. As communications director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee under the Bush administration, he designed the EPW press blog, which won a Golden Mouse Award in 2007.[3] His career began working for Rush Limbaugh from 1992-96, during which time he was often known as "Limbaugh's man in Washington".[1]

After 1996, he began working for Cybercast News Service, where he was the first to publish the largely unfounded accusations from Swift-Boat veterans that John Kerry had allegedly exaggerated his military service record.[4] He also worked for the Family Research Council, which hired him in 1996 to report on an AIDS fundraising dance party held in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Morano's eyewitness account of the party alleged that numerous illegal activities, such as drug use and performance of fellatio on the dance floor, had taken place there. This led to California Republican Bob Dornan criticizing Steve Gunderson for allowing the brunch held the day after the dance party to take place in the Rayburn House Office Building. Gunderson replied that Morano and Dornan had deliberately misrepresented the events that happened at the party, and that security did not notice any illegal activities there.[5]

Morano produced a minority report in 2007 entitled "Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007", which he expanded a year later to "over 700 scientists" who, he claimed, believed that global warming was not caused by human activity.[6] Upon its debut in April 2009, Morano became the executive editor of Climate Depot.

In November 2009, Morano was one of the first to break the Climatic Research Unit email controversy story after being contacted by Anthony Watts. The story was subsequently picked up by James Delingpole.[1] In February 2010 Accuracy in Media awarded Morano their annual Reed Irvine Award alongside Andrew Breitbart,[7] and in July 2010, Doctors for Disaster Preparedness announced it would award Morano that year's Petr Beckmann Award.[8]

In March 2012, Morano posted an article on Climate Depot referring to sociology professor Kari Norgaard as "the woman who wants to treat global warming skeptics" and adding Norgaard's email. This story was later picked up by Rush Limbaugh, after which Norgaard went on to receive many vicious and threatening emails, including one that said, "You are living proof that even people with Down syndrome can get a Ph.D."[9] Morano repeated this action again in 2013, when he posted the email of Shaun Marcott in response to Marcott having publishing a temperature reconstruction which resembled the hockey stick graph. He defended these postings by saying his goal is to "let the professors hear from the public."[9]

Media appearances[edit]

On 4 December 2012, Morano debated Bill Nye (TV's "the Science Guy") on global warming on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.[10] On January 23, 2013, Morano debated Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, again on Piers Morgan Tonight.[11]

Controversies[edit]

The list presented by Morano in his minority 2007-2008 report has been criticized by Joseph J. Romm for including a significant number of people who are not sufficiently well-qualified to assess climate science, such as author Ray Kurzweil and a number of television meteorologists, such as Steve Baskerville, as well as scientists whose expertise is in geomagnetism.[12] Michael E. Mann has called Morano a "hired assassin" who "spreads malicious lies about scientists."[13]

At the end of 2012 Media Matters for America named Morano the "Climate Change Misinformer of the Year."[14] German Zeit accused him of paid lying and as a "climate warrior". [15]

Funding[edit]

Climate Depot.com run by Morano, is funded by Richard Mellon Scaife,[1] known for his financial support of conservative public policy organizations. CFACT's tax filings list Morano as the most highly paid member of the organisation.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Richardson, John H. (March 30, 2010). "This Man Wants to Convince You Global Warming Is a Hoax". Esquire. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Friedman, Lisa (2008). The Almanac of the Unelected: Staff of the U.S. Congress 2008. Bernan Press. p. 606. 
  3. ^ Morano, Marc (April 6, 2009). "Climate Depot Aims To Redefine Global Warming Reporting". Climate Depot. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kaufman, Leslie (9 April 2009). "Dissenter on Warming Expands His Campaign". New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Graham, Trey (1996). "Party Out of Bounds". The Advocate (710): 28. 
  6. ^ Morano, Marc (December 11, 2008). "U. S. Senate Minority Report: More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims". Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Breitbart, Marc Morano to Receive Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Awards". Accuracy in Media. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Hickman, Leo (July 13, 2010). "Climate sceptic Morano's 'courage' award is a vicious irony". The Guardian. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Ogburn, Stephanie Paige (January 22, 2014). "Scientist Targets of Climate Change Hate Mail Rally for Support". Scientific American. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Piers Morgan (December 4, 2012). "Bill Nye vs Marc Morano on Global Warming". CNN. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Does climate change exist?". CNN. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Romm, Joseph J. (December 22, 2007). "NYT’s Revkin gives Inhofe a pass". Grist. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ Marshall, George (2014). Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 151. 
  14. ^ Fitzsimmons, Jill; Theel, Shauna (December 27, 2012). "Climate Change Misinformer Of The Year: Marc Morano". Media Matters for America. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ Die Klimakrieger, Wie von der Industrie bezahlte PR-Manager der Welt seit Jahren einreden, die Erderwärmung finde nicht statt. Chronologie einer organisierten Lüge. von Anita Blasberg und Kerstin Kohlenberg DIE ZEIT Nº 48/2012
  16. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (February 14, 2013). "How Donors Trust distributed millions to anti-climate groups". The Guardian. Retrieved April 21, 2014.