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How Much Did Andrew Breitbart Pay Sting To Endorse 'Big Government?'

Der Stingle just can’t get enough of Big Government — no, not one of the new Breitbart blogs, but the real thing, as he tells CNN:

STING: Well, you can see the enthusiasm out there. And people are here to really tell big government that we want big government to make big decisions about the most important problems we face. And also to pressure our corporations to behave properly, as consumers, but we’re here to — we’re asking for big government, basically.

[CNN’S DON LEMON]: You want big government?

STING: Of course we do. This is a huge problem, and only the government can solve it. You know, the man on the street can do a little bit, but big governments need to make decisions. We need to stop clear-cutting forests. We need to protect the forests. That’s the simplest way of cutting greenhouse gases.

LEMON: Yes.

STING: And prevent global warming.

In his Newsbusters post with the above quote and accompanying video, Noel Sheppard finds this classic description from England’s Daily Mail in 2008:

When it comes to the carbon footprint, Sting puts his hand up immediately and says ‘I’m a musician and I have a huge carbon-footprint”,’ [Styler] said.

She then asked: “Are we being hypocritical?’ before seeming to answer the question herself.

“He has a 750-person crew to bring around the world and it is a difficult challenge.” […]

Environmental experts labelled Sting’s band, The Police, the dirtiest in the world because of the amount of pollution created during last year’s reunion tour of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan. […]

She was also accused in a recent tribunal of forcing her chef to travel 100 miles to prepare a bowl of pasta.

Wow, I’m old enough to remember when it rock bands took it as a band of honor to be labeled “the dirtiest in the world.” But then, as Sting proves above, the average rock musician isn’t an anarchist who amassed a large bankbook along the way, but an anarcho-authoritarian. Sting wants to be free to tour the world, hit exclusive brothels, jet around in private planes, and live in mansions even larger than the size of his fellow liberal fascist Thomas Friedman’s digs — but “we want big government to make big decisions about the most important problems we face.”

Hey, H.G. Wells would approve.

Sting Calls Earth Day Climate Rally ‘Green Tea Party’, Wants ‘Big Government’

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America’s media might hate the Tea Party movement, but Sting appears to love it. On Sunday, the rock star and activist called folks attending the Earth Day climate rally in our nation’s capital a “Green Tea Party.” “This is like a ‘Green Tea Party’ out there,” Sting told CNN’s Don Lemon Sunday evening. “People who care. People who care about clean water and fresh air for their children to breathe. Food that doesn’t kill you. A better planet. A safer planet. And it is a tea party movement.” Of course, Lemon didn’t ask Sting or his wife Trudie Styler if they believe folks that don’t support this movement actually want dirty water, polluted air, and food that kills them, nor did he question the couple about their own astoundingly LARGE carbon footprint that makes them green hypocrites (video follows with partial transcript and commentary, h/t Weasel Zippers):
 
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STING: Why are we doing this?

DON LEMON,HOST: Yes.

STING: Well, we’ve been in this struggle for over 20 years, Trudie and I, you know, trying to get the message out, and as you can see, this is like a “Green Tea Party” out there. People who care. People who care about clean water and fresh air for their children to breathe. Food that doesn’t kill you. A better planet. A safer planet. And it is a tea party movement.

LEMON: Yes. Trudie, what do you think about what he said?

TRUDIE STYLER, CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVIST: Of course I agree with him not because I’m the little wife, but because, you know, we’ve been on this — we’ve been on this mission together. We went to the rain forest in the ’80s. We’ve been in a foundation for 21 years now. And really, speaking on behalf of the people who are in the rainforest whose rights are being abused and exploited by big business, it’s very hard to see that. And we care passionately about all those indigenous groups that we’ve met and become friends with over the years, so that Rainforest Fund really fights on their behalf.

LEMON: What do you — what do you think of what he said — it’s a green tea party? What do you make of that? What are you saying by that, Sting? And then you can respond, Trudie.

STING: Well, you can see the enthusiasm out there. And people are here to really tell big government that we want big government to make big decisions about the most important problems we face. And also to pressure our corporations to behave properly, as consumers, but we’re here to — we’re asking for big government, basically.

LEMON: You want big government?

STING: Of course we do. This is a huge problem, and only the government can solve it. You know, the man on the street can do a little bit, but big governments need to make decisions. We need to stop clear-cutting forests. We need to protect the forests. That’s the simplest way of cutting greenhouse gases.

LEMON: Yes.

STING: And prevent global warming.

LEMON: I have to ask you and either of you can respond. But what do you make of those who say that — who question climate or global warming? Because, Trudie, you said you have been in the fight for years.

STYLER: Well, I addressed the U.N. Assembly — General Assembly five days before they went to Copenhagen and there was a great feeling from the representatives of the U.N. that something was going to happen in Copenhagen. And I think all our hopes were dashed when not one government member was prepared to say, not one government leader was prepared to say, we are really going to do something about climate change, we’re going to cut our carbons emissions by “x.” Nobody came forward.

And that was just a terrific, terrible waste of time and resources and money, and has left everybody feeling, I think, quite rebellious now that we really, this is the time, we cannot wait any longer. We have to really lean on our governments to do something. Because I think that we’re going to maybe not in my lifetime, but towards the end of our children’s, we’re going to reach a tipping point, that we will no longer be able to support life on this planet earth. I believe in that defiantly and passionately and strongly.

Hey Don: how about asking them why they’re carbon footprint is larger than the combined amount of CO2 released by many small towns in America? Or didn’t you see Styler’s admission almost exactly two years ago that they’re both hypocrites? As NewsBusters reported on April 26, 2008:

The hypocrisy surrounding the global warming positions of actors and rock stars is certainly not news, except when one of them actually admits it.

With that in mind, when the wife of the environmentally outspoken leader of the Police discusses the huge carbon footprint she and her husband have, sycophantic green media should pay attention and recognize that virtually all such wealthy alarmists are advocating policies for the masses that they themselves will NEVER adhere to.

We then quoted from the previous day’s piece in Britain’s Daily Mail:

When it comes to the carbon footprint, Sting puts his hand up immediately and says ‘I’m a musician and I have a huge carbon-footprint”,’ [Styler] said. She then asked: “Are we being hypocritical?’ before seeming to answer the question herself. “He has a 750-person crew to bring around the world and it is a difficult challenge.” […] Environmental experts labelled Sting’s band, The Police, the dirtiest in the world because of the amount of pollution created during last year’s reunion tour of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan. […] She was also accused in a recent tribunal of forcing her chef to travel 100 miles to prepare a bowl of pasta.

Wouldn’t want to bring any of this up for your viewers would you Don? That might lead folks to not only reconsider the veracity of anything these two hypocrites say but also make you seem like a journalist rather than an advocate. Couldn’t have that, could we? —Noel Sheppard is the Associate Editor of NewsBusters. Follow him at Facebook and Twitter.