Sean Long is a former writer for MRC Business.
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Rather than claiming 97 percent of scientists believe in man-made global warming, hopefully now some media outlets will revise that number closer to 50 percent.
Contrary to the repeated insistence of both climate alarmists and the media, scientists do not all agree on the standard climate alarmism talking points. A Purdue University scholar, surveying scientists in the agricultural sector including climatologists, found surprising disagreement on humanity’s role in climate change. These findings, though contrary to popular narrative on climate change, are unsurprising to anyone familiar with the prevalence of dissent in the scientific community.
Fast food protests are all about the regular people, so long as you ignore the massive donors and organizers.
After hundreds of fast food workers in cities across the country abandoned their jobs Sept. 4, to demand raises of more than 100 percent and the right to unionize, all three broadcast networks dutifully reported on the protests, but failed to point out the union that had organized the protests.
Several journalists at Food Safety News and The New York Times were subpoenaed in the the latest development in the legal fight between a beef producer and ABC News, according to Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). Beef Products Inc. (BPI), which filed the $1.2 billion lawsuit, claimed the attacks had cost more than $400 million and destroyed more than 700 jobs.
BPI, a South Dakota-based company, sued ABC News over alleged “disinformation” against the beef industry. The company said ABC’s repeated use of the slur “pink slime” in reports about its lean finely textured beef which had been USDA-approved cost BPI jobs and millions of dollars. According to CJR, the lawsuit moved forward on July 23 when journalists’ including the Times’ Michael Moss received subpoenas for their communications with ABC on the subject.
The media just won’t let anti-vaccine nonsense die, as evident by the July 20 issue of Washington Post Magazine and its cover story about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s “Lonely Crusade.”
In an eight-page story (including photographs), Keith Kloor profiled “The Messenger” Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent anti-vaccine activist. He explored the political consequences of Kennedy’s anti-vaccination crusade.
Climate alarmists sometimes like to claim skeptical scientists don’t exist, but they do, and one meteorologist had a lot to say on the subject.
In an interview with the MRC’s Business and Media Institute, well-known meteorologist Joe Bastardi dissected and criticized major aspects of the climate change alarmism movement. Drawing on his knowledge of weather and climate history, Bastardi said that “extreme weather” events the media talk about so much are commonplace and the result of normal variability. He also attacked basic arguments about CO2, scientific consensus and alarmist media bias.
A “bizarre cold snap” is hitting the U.S. and the media have already begun to draw comparisons to the polar vortex. It is only a matter of time before the networks resume panic over “extreme weather.”
Use of the phrase “extreme weather” in news stories has exploded in recent years. Almost a decade ago, before former Vice President Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” was released, the broadcast news networks rarely used the term. Gore’s 2006 movie and book of the same name used the phrase “extreme weather” and linked the hurricanes, floods, drought and other natural disasters to global warming. The networks have lauded Gore and his film for years.
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Rolling Stone just proved that you don’t need to know anything about firearms in order to blog an attack on them.
On July 14, Rolling Stone magazine released a “specific look at the weapons criminals prefer,” which they called the “5 Most Dangerous Guns in America.” Of course, they proved that they know next to nothing about the gun industry by lumping together almost every type of firearm into a quick list.
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Need more evidence that progressive political correctness only extends to favored groups? Look no further than Facebook.
Amidst a mounting Israeli campaign against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, Facebook has become a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment. While Facebook’s official community standards forbid hate speech and threats of violence, the social media site has so far failed to remove repeated insults and vicious threats against Israel and Jews in general.
The liberal media love to hate the Koch Brothers but are far less enthusiastic about connecting George Soros’ billions to liberal policies.
On July 6, Coral Davenport of The New York Times revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new regulations on power plant emissions were largely inspired by the work of environmental activists at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The broadcast networks have not mentioned the NRDC connection to the new regulations, and even the Times ignored that liberal mega-donor Soros has bankrolled the NRDC.
Climate alarmists have trouble debating skeptics. They’d rather censor them instead.
On July 5, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced it was training journalists to ignore skeptical views on man-made climate change. Predictably, both mainstream news outlets like the Washington Post and liberal bloggers like the Huffington Post praised BBC’s censorship, amidst relentless attacks on skeptics.
Despite the 2012 announcement that July 2012 was the hottest month on record, meteorologist Anthony Watts noticed that the government secretly backtracked on the data.
Watts pointed out that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reinstated July 1936 as the warmest month “as if by magic.”
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Apparently journalists are happy to forgive when they agree with their former opponents.
Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on June 22, warning of the financial risks of climate change. Soon afterward, Paulson was publicly joined by billionaire liberal donors Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg in the “Risky Business” campaign to highlight the alleged “economic risks of climate change in the United States.”
After downplaying bad economic news for months, the broadcast networks continued their head-in-the-sand approach once again.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) revised earlier growth estimates sharply downwards. It announced on June 25 that found the U.S. economy actually shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent during the first three months of 2014. Despite this grim statistic, only CBS’ “Evening News” covered it, of all the broadcast network morning and evening news shows in the first 24 hours after the data was released.
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Despite dramatic economic downgrade, ‘Evening News’ gives little more than a minute to GDP.
The New York Times thinks regulations like tobacco packaging laws will reduce smoking, and a recent business story on the subject made that case while downplaying other factors.
Michelle Innis of the Times claimed that Australia’s “plain packaging laws,” which are regulations that eliminate logos on cigarette packs in favor of graphic images of cancerous lungs or dying smokers, seem “to be working.” But her Times’ Business section story from June 11 stumbled over the data.
Although the liberal media rarely acknowledge it, there is a perspective on climate change that isn’t their “the sky is falling” view.
Scientists, researchers and climate experts whose views are often ignored by the media will gather to share their views at the ninth International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas, Nev., from July 7-9. The conference is being put on by The Heartland Institute, an co-sponsored by a number of groups including the Media Research Center as a co-sponsor.
MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski piled on to left-wing media attacks against Walmart on June 23, and rejected a fellow journalist’s explanation of how economics works.
The New York Times’ liberal columnist Timothy Egan attacked Walmart’s labor practices on June 19 calling the company America’s “most despised retailer.” That column resonated with Brzezinski who couldn’t resist gushing over Egan’s piece. She read a long portion of it on air. Then, she turned to a panel of four guests, including CNBC co-anchor Brian Sullivan, to get their reactions.
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While bashing Walmart, MSNBC host asks for response from CNBC’s Brian Sullivan, scoffs at his answer.
While liberals dominate many alternative mediums, one conservative is trying to break into the graphic novel market.
Amity Shlaes, a bestselling author and columnist, turned to graphic novels to continue her criticism of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal policies. Claiming that liberals have dominated the medium, Shlaes released “The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition” on May 27, 2014. It is Shlaes seeks to highlight the trials of common workers left behind by the New Deal, shining an unusually critical light on the Roosevelt administration.
When the FDA proposed a ban on traditional cheese making, even liberals realized that this overreach stunk worse than limburger.
On June 7, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new regulations, which many cheese makers interpreted as a de facto ban on traditional and artisan cheeses. The regulations would prevent cheese makers from using wooden boards to age cheese, a practice that dates back hundreds of years. When news of this ban broke, the same liberal outlets that hawk big government immediately had a collective fit, blasting the FDA and extolling the virtues of cheese making. The FDA quickly backed off on June 11, though it is unclear if they responded to the outcry by the liberal media, grassroots opposition or industry groups.