Charlie Rose's PBS chin waggin'/ gum bangin' show is not "must see TV" around here. Nothing against the Chuckster, I'm sure he's a splendid fellow, but there are only 24 hours in a day. Apparently Rose has a wry sense of humor though since he interviewed Robert Edward "Ted" Turner for his April Fool's Day program.
Ol' Ted, 69, isn't in the public eye as much as he once was when he was building media empires, marrying movie stars, buying up a large portion of the land mass of the Americas, sailing racing yachts, and falling asleep behind a pile of beer cups on camera at Braves games. For our younger readers it's important to know that Ted's father, a drug and alcohol addicted cruel task-master, committed suicide when Ted was 24 leaving the prep school/ Ivy League educated Ohioan his media business-- such as it was. (Most people think of Ted as a Southerner, and he is by choice, but like lots of "Southerners", he's actually from Ohio. In fact, most Carolinians that I meet seem to be from New Jersey, Buffalo, NY, Michigan and Ohio.)
Along the way Turner did some amazing things in the business world. You could look it up! He also gave many people cause to believe he was actually a nitwit with many of the same pathologies that plagued his father.
Now, lucky for us, the Media Research Center sweeps the legacy media outlets every 24 hours and highlights the cases of liberal bias they uncover every morning at their site. They watch so we don't have to. Ted's interview on Charlie Rose is a bit different. He has no obligation to be a neutral figure. He's a private citizen with no control over a media outlet. But it's interesting to see how this fellow who has repeatedly demeaned Christianity is so fully a member in good standing of the High Church of Global Warming. In fact, as a leading Warmist he has enlightened us in dramatic terms:
Charlie Rose asks what will happen if global warming is not addressed immediately:
TED TURNER: Not doing it will be catastrophic. We'll be eight degrees hottest in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals. Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state -- like Somalia or Sudan -- and living conditions will be intolerable. The droughts will be so bad there'll be no more corn grown. Not doing it is suicide. Just like dropping bombs on each other, nuclear weapons is suicide. We've got to stop doing the suicidal two things, which are hanging on to our nuclear weapons and after that we've got to stabilize the population. When I was born-
CHARLIE ROSE: So what's wrong with the population?
TURNER: We're too many people. That's why we have global warming. We have global warming because too many people are using too much stuff. If there were less people, they'd be using less stuff.
So... catastrophic crop failures, breakdown of civilization, rampant cannibalism, drought.
The cure? Get rid of people. Maybe Ted's pals at the UN will decide which people have to go and which ones can stay.
I guess if one sees the future that way there's nothing much left but to get drunk.
At least in that way ol' Ted is consistent.