Professor Fritz Vahrenholt, author along with Dr. Sebastian Lüning of the skeptic German bestseller “Die kalte Sonne” had been invited to take part in the political talk show “hart aber fair” (tough but fair) on German public television, prime time Monday evening, March 12.
That was before the show caved in and disinvited the tough-debating Vahrenholt. That’s a pity because many viewers and I were really looking forward to this show. Instead we’ll have to be content with the boring topic of “electricity, gas, and fuel are getting more and more expensive – energy supply transition at our expense” with the usual blowhard dullard politicians blasting the same hot air we’ve been hearing for years.
The global warming religion is no longer able to withstand scrutiny. That’s how weak the whole science has become. Now the lock-stepping publicly-funded media have to shield the issue from public debate. They don’t fear the climate itself – it is debate itself that they truly fear. This is not the first time Vahrenholt gets disinvited from a major event. Last month the University of Osnabrück disinvited him, saying that his claim that the climate is 50% driven by the sun is “too provocative”.
I called hart aber fair studios in Cologne to get an explanation, but all I got from these publicly funded employees was “Nobody knows…I can’t tell you why” and “Maybe because Vahrenholt is ill and can’t make it.” and “The person who could tell you is not available”. Unfortunately, they could not give me any names. This is all absurd, of course. Perhaps German readers will have better luck. You can call the studios at 0221 2200, ask for “hart aber fair Redaktion”.
The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) published the news of the dubious disinvitation yesterday, but did not provide details as to why. The public is only left to speculate. The following are some reactions from readers:
Don Carlos writes: “Cancelled. Aha. Why am I not surprised?”
Friedrich Wildhagen writes: “They are afraid of the callers during the show. The Warmies show they are afraid. Hats off to Prof. Vahrenholt, Dr. Lüning. Job very well done!”
Alfred Casimir writes: “This report shows the insecurity that has arrived in the media. Take the disinvitation as a victory.”
UPDATE: E-mail reply from ARD/WDR television:
Dear Mr. Gosselin,
Thanks for your interest in ‘hart aber fair’.
On the March 12, 2012 edition of ‘hart aber fair’, we will look at the topic of ‘electricity, gas, petrol are getting more and more expensive – energy transition at our expense?’ A change in the topic here is simply not the case, rather it is more of an adjustment based on editorial reasons.
The experience of many ‘hart aber fair’ editions has shown that with six participants it is not always possible to get a word in sufficiently. Moreover, there are quickly overlaps and doublings in the argumentation, which we naturally wish to avoid. In the concrete case this would likely have happened with Roland Tichy and Prof. Vahrenholt. Therefore we decided to reduce the number of participants to five guests, contradictory to the original plan.
You see: The preparation of a current talkshow like ‘hart aber fair’ is a constant development process which, for various reasons, can lead to topic changes and changes in the participants even right before the show begins.
We would be pleased if you tuned in on Monday to follow the discussion even without Prof. Vahrenholt.
‘hart aber fair’ (ARD/WDR)”
What I read from this is that they decided to make the show totally boring by presenting the same stale and moldy bread that everyone is sick of being served. Vahrenholt is the only one among them with a best-selling book with fresh new issues. Don’t bother watching. We’ve seen this crap dozens of times already.