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The Tip of the Iceberg

6:24 PM, Apr 23, 2008 • By KEVIN KUSINITZ
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An inconvenient truth:

On Friday, it was revealed by ABC News that one of the famous shots of supposed Antarctic ice shelves in the film [An Inconvenient Truth] was actually a computer-generated image from the 2004 science fiction blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow."

Adding delicious insult to injury, this was presented by one of ABC's foremost global warming alarmists Sam Champion during Friday's "20/20".

This brings up a couple of questions. One, how did it take a matinee-idol weatherman to point out this gigantic bit of fraud? (Champion's usual gig is warning of wind gusts on Good Morning America.) Two, between the truth-stretching, crafty editing, and outright lies of movies like Farenheit 9/11 and An Inconvenient Truth, doesn't the concept of "Academy Award-winning documentary" sound terribly, uh, fictional? Or have moviemakers been drowning in fantasy so long that they can no longer distinguish between fiction and reality?

No word yet on if Gore & Co. received permission from 20th Century-Fox, the studio that released The Day After Tomorrow, to use the iceberg clip--or if they simply liberated it for the good of the people.