Fresh off his Oscar coronation, Al Gore is stepping up his
jihad against global warming skeptics by continuing his
campaign to stop the media from covering their viewpoint at all.
In a speech delivered Tuesday, Gore blasted media
giving any credence at all to people who see things differently than
him on global warming. The former veep denounced what he termed "balance
as bias" in environment reporting:
Gore told a crowd of about
50 people at the U.S.
Media Ethics Summit II
that the presentation's single most provocative slide was one that
contrasts results of two long-term studies. A 10-year University of
California study found that essentially zero percent of peer-reviewed
scientific journal articles disagreed that global warming exists,
whereas, another study found that 53 percent of mainstream newspaper
articles disagreed the global warming premise.
He noted that recently the Intergovernmental Panel on
released its fourth unanimous report calling on world leaders to take
action on global warming.
"I believe that is one of the principal reasons why
around the world have not yet taken action," Gore said. "There are many
reasons, but one of the principal reasons in my view is more than half
of the mainstream media have rejected the scientific consensus
implicitly — and I say 'rejected,' perhaps it's the wrong
word. They have failed to report that it is the consensus and instead
have chosen … balance as bias.
"I don't think that any of the editors or reporters
responsible for one
of these stories saying, 'It may be real, it may not be real,' is
unethical. But I think they made the wrong choice, and I think the
consequences are severe.
"I think if it is important to look at the pressures that
made it more
likely than not that mainstream journalists in the United States would
convey a wholly inaccurate conclusion about the most important moral,
ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced."
Not very many people showed up, but Gore's remarks
significant in that they demonstrate that for all the (usually correct)
complaints people on the right make about the media being unfair,
things have gotten better to a certain degree to make far
left people like Al Gore complain about the media.
That's a small progress to be sure (imagine the media outcry
ensue if a conservative figure had used such authoritarian language)
but I think it's true that many younger media types have gotten a clue
about fairness. This enrages the older lefties (like Gore or Dan
Rather) who are used to the idea of a media that marginalizes the
right and portrays anything remotely conservative as an
incarnation of evil.