I was scheduled for 6 pm, and RT bought 25 minutes of 'fiber time'. This is the time on the satellite feed that they purchase to ensure a decent connection with where I was in Gainesville, FL. I raced back from my talk at Valencia College to make it on time. I cleaned up, fixed my tie by 5:45, and sat ready to begin at 6 pm.
No idea this was a "debate". I guess if I knew this was they GMO Bill Nye vs Ken Hamm I would not have agreed.
At 6 pm I was ready to go. However, there was a 10 min story on Scottish independence. At 6:10 there was a discussion of libertarian candidate presence in the debates.
Which led to the last 10 minutes for me to discuss transgenic technology, which turns out to be a "debate" with someone from Organic Consumer's Association.
Fine with me, I have facts and evidence, I'm down for a discussion, but there's no debate. What is there to debate?
I provide a scientific synthesis of transgenic technologies, and the woman from OCA comes out blazing with the usual nonsense. She claims there is no FDA oversight, that Monsanto controls all seeds and tells farmers what to do, blah, blah, blah. The discussion turns to labeling.
Right when I get my chance to refute the nonsense-- the feed dies, precisely at 6:25, right when we knew it would die. This left five minutes for the guest to go on and on about "insecticides in blood" (the tired junk study by Aris and Leblanc refuted here), no regulation, health concerns, and every other bogus claim.
It was really disappointing.
I'm going to reach out to her and see if she's being deceptive or just does not know better. I'll report back...
I'm not a big conspiracy guy. However, they KNEW that they had 25 minutes, we told them that time was short, yet they moved this discussion to the back end of the report.
I"ll never go on Abby Martin again unless they do some major damage control. It sort of seems like an ideological ambush, a planned illusion of false equivalence. A perfect anti-GMO scam.
So far no reports to Twitter, so this thing likely died in place. Let's hope so.