March 2, 2010
The 'Inconvenient Truth' About the Media's Coverage of Global WarmingTopics: Climate Change, Climategate, Global Warming, Political News and commentaries
Matthew Continetti suggests that Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" may just go down as one of the most ironically titled films in the history of American cinema, and for good reason since the so-called "consensus" that human activity is primarily responsible for global warming has slowly fallen apart under the weight of its own fabrications and distortions. But you'd never know this is the case via the U.S. media. To learn the inconvenient truth about Gore's "Inconvenient Truth," one must have followed the Australian and British press, who, as Ed Morrissey points out in his must-read piece (h/t - Matthew Continetti), has "eaten the American media's lunch on the collapse of credibility at the IPCC and in the anthropogenic global-warming (AGW) movement."
Morrissey drives the point home by providing numerous examples of stories in the Australian and British press that have poked holes in the IPCC report and other claims of global warming hysterics:
In the past four months, media outlets like the Times of London, the Telegraph, the Australian Herald-Sun, and even the Left-leaning paper The Guardian have broken important stories (along with bloggers) exposing the fraud, mismanagement, and unscientific behavior of the core group of AGW advocates, such as:As Morressey atly notes, the major American media virtually ignored all of these:
- University of East Anglia e-mails that exposed data destruction, attempts to hide contradictory data, and conspiracies to sabotage the work of skeptical scientists
- The East Anglia CRU threw out their raw data, undermining any effort to check their work
- NOAA/GHCN "homogenization" falsified climate declines into increases
- East Anglia CRU's below-standard computer modeling
- No rise in atmospheric carbon fraction over the last 150 years: University of Bristol
- IPCC withdraws claim that AGW will wipe out Himalayan glaciers by 2035
- IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri knew Himalayan claim was bogus for months before exposure
- Amazonian rainforest conclusions not based on scientific research but on advocacy group claims
- Mountain glacier claims based on unsubstantiated student theses and anecdotes from climber magazine
- Medieval Warming Period temperatures may have been global, undermining entire AGW case
None of these -- none -- were exposed by a major American media outlet. The efforts of the American press, with a couple of rare exceptions such as the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal, have mainly been to play down the significance of every revelation and to emphasize their view of scientific AGW "consensus."Morressey continues with even more examples, and concludes:
To this day, the American media has had almost nothing to add to the growing list of exposÃƒÂ©s accomplished by their Anglospheric cousins. Bear in mind that our current government plans an unprecedented intrusion into the energy sector, entirely on the basis of the IPCC report that has been systematically dismantled by bastions of journalistic accomplishment like the Times of London, who got many of the above scoops. Such a policy would give the federal government vast power over the economy and allow it to accrue massive amounts of fees and taxes, while dictating the rationing of both retail energy use and the means of producing it.As for the reason for the blinders on the part of the U.S. media, Continetti posits out that American newspapers and television news bureaus are staffed with people for whom skepticism of the U.N. and politicized climate scientists is tantamount to heresy, and points to the line in Al Gore's February 28 New York Times op-ed where he says that "what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption" as an example of AGW being a religious debate rather than a scientific debate. While I believe Continetti to be dead-on target, I'd go a step beyond and suggest that not only has it become a religious debate on the part of the Left who overwhelmingly staff American newspapers and television news bureaus, but it is an ideological one - in which they march in lock-step with the Obami's agenda of using a trumped up AGW crisis to give the government ever-increasing power over our daily lives.
Oh yes, and as far as Al Gore's motivation, let's add one more than just ideology and "religious conviction. It's best referred to as big bucks and greed.
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Posted by Richard at March 2, 2010 11:09 AM
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