One of the biggest concerns of media analysts and press watchers is the brainwashing effect bad reporting has on the public.
No finer example of this propagandist power exists than with the liberal bogeyman known as global warming, for the constant climate alarmism being spewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week has tremendously and demonstrably impacted the views of the citizenry.
Of course, that's the goal.
Consider the following e-mail message I received this morning from someone that appears to work for the government of Ontario, Canada (name and e-mail address withheld, emphasis added):
What are you, retarded?
Global warming = MORE snowfall. Not less.
Meaning snowfall records will be broken.
Delicious, isn't it?
What set this man off to send such an e-mail message to a perfect stranger? This article from last Thursday addressing the record snowfall around the country.
Sadly, what this angry reader clearly missed was that the piece was a response to all those hysterical press proclamations last year that global warming would significantly reduce snowfall around the world resulting in huge financial losses to ski resorts and winter vacation homeowners.
Alas, poor reading comprehension on the part of the citizenry -- even those in neighboring countries -- might be our least concern in this situation. What should scare us all much more is the idea that the propaganda attack regarding this issue is so effective that folks will blame every weather-related event -- even record snowfall! -- on global warming.
The fear-mongering is working, ladies and gentlemen.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.