I sat last night, and watched HR (one of the state-run TV networks). The show? A forty-five minute piece on a science topic....global warming. As you might know.....I'm not a global warming or cooling or climate change enthusiast.
It was an interesting piece. Every single person they brought on....talked the theme of the show, and did the pro-piece very well. The statistical display....very graphical and always agreed with the trend.
They got to carbon, and wove in this nifty piece of vacations....and how the airline travel business is "evil" or "bad". Naturally, this explains why a carbon tax of sorts exist for international travel (but not for regional travel). What they couldn't explain.....was that carbon is consumed by plant life. Plants love that stuff.
The climate change expert came on, and reminded everyone of the serious nature of storms over the past decade. Course, he avoided mentioning any of the terrible storms of the 1800s. It was noticeable after a while.....you just couldn't bring up droughts from the 1600s or 1700s, because it wouldn't fit the model or TV blitz.
Finally, this was supposed to be a news piece, or science discussion....but I noticed about fifteen minutes into it.....light music in the background. Yeah, it was adding a soothing musical piece to be part of the global experience.
Most Germans will watch this.....question nothing....and wonder why Americans just don't understand. The American typically asks questions.....which don't fit the details of the script. People get frazzled by questions. At that point, the typical German will just move to the view that you aren't that bright or capable of understanding a one-side story. Your response.....it must have been pretty hard for Galileo to take on those nasty Catholic Church wizards, and deny the flat-Earth concept. And it was really difficult for that Martin Luther character to stand against the Catholic Church and say you just didn't need a slip of paper stamped by the Church to enter heaven. The conversation usually ends at that point.