Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is slamming the nefarious Nickelodeon show "SpongeBob Squarepants" for presenting a biased view of global warming to kids.
Carlson admitted she "couldn't follow" what was going on on "Spongebob," - odd, since the show is for preschoolers and should be very easily understandable to an adult like Carlson, especially when she is willing to criticize it.
But she said, "The government agency showed kids this cartoom and handed out books that blame man for global warming, but they did not tell kids that that is actually a disputed fact. Oops."
Gather.com's article on this brouhaha makes a good point: Carlson herself is also showing only one side of the global warming debate. "Her opinion," the article reads, "as well as the [opinion of] the other experts interviewed by Fox, fail to mention the evidence of increased global warming by human use and misuse of burning fossil fuels.
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Yes, a volcano eruption hurts the air quality and contributes to the ozone naturally, but what about the billions of automobiles running daily and their impact on the ozone layer? Neither Carlson, nor her guests make any mention of the damage caused by human beings to the planet."
While it's true that many cartoons attempt to gently teach kids moral lessons, most cartoons are usually half an hour long, and geared for kids' minds - there's simply not enough time to explain both sides of the global warming issue to children. Imagine if "Dinosaur Train" suddenly began attempting to teach kids that maybe there weren't dinosaurs, and maybe evolution is not a valid theory, and that God might have created the world instead?
Most kids would be confused and bored by the cramming of facts and dense information into what's supposed to be a fun kids' show. There are religious kids' shows that they can also watch, if their parents want to show them another side of this particular debate. Gretchen Carlson shouldn't expect kids' shows to cover issues exhaustively.
That being said, maybe Carlson and her cronies can create a cartoon debunking global warming, and get all their kids to watch it.