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If you suspected that Showtime had a liberal agenda, the June 9 finale of “Years of Living Dangerously” confirmed it.

The finale of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously” wrapped up a long effort to push climate alarmism with an interview between New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and President Barack Obama. Friedman and Obama agreed on the need to connect extreme weather events to climate change in order to sway public opinion, showcasing the partisan political goal of the Showtime series.

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New EPA coal regulations could kill half a million jobs and cost more than $1 trillion. Rather than focusing on these enormous consequences, ABC, CBS and NBC spent 85 percent of their time ignoring the economic impact. The networks instead touted the proposals as an "ambitious” plan to combat “Earth-warming pollution.”

On June 2, the EPA unveiled regulations that require states to cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. The announcement resulted in swift opposition from conservatives and coal advocates.

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Building on a long week of anti-coal attacks by the media and the Environmental Protection Agency, ABC’s June 5 “World News” revived another attack on the coal industry. ABC hyped a 2013 investigation that it conducted in partnership with the Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity (CPI). It alleged that the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions had essentially been bought off by coal companies to ignore cases of black lung disease in miners.

ABC’s David Muir declared a “victory a long time in the making,” Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Paul Wheeler for allegedly “working for the coal company.”

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Hot-headed climate alarmists continue to make wilder and wilder claims about the effects of global warming, but they often desert the actual evidence.

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new plan to restrict carbon emissions in an attempt to combat climate change. This move came less than a month after the White House released a high-profile report fear-mongering over the impacts of climate change, including wild fires and droughts.

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When the government pushes to destroy America’s biggest source of energy, you can certainly trust the media to jump on board.

On June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled drastic new limits on carbon emissions, mandating steep emission cuts within 16 years. It’s a move that may cost  hundreds of thousands of jobs each year, but only 13 of the 20 major United States newspapers discussed the issue in editorials. Eleven of those papers actually promoted the new regulations with editorials or official endorsements – from their editorial board.



The networks still refuse to cover important economic developments, even in light of economic contraction.

Of the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows, only CBS “Evening News” mentioned that the already weak first-quarter GDP number was revised down to negative 1 percent growth.



CBS the only network to report dismal GDP announcements from April and May. 



It is easy to spin the truth when you use blatantly incorrect data.

The Department of Education concluded its public comment period on May 28 to consider increased regulations on for-profit education. That morning, Politico Magazine published a biting article criticizing “industry” opposition to further regulations. Then Politico incorrectly asserted “more than 1,500 comments,” comments were submitted, downplaying grassroots opposition to increased bureaucratic controls.



As much as they try to stifle debate, global warming alarmists must contend with many inconvenient facts.

When Professor Lennart Bengtsson resigned from the Global Warming Policy Foundation on May 7, he caused a stir by accusing alarmists of using “McCarthy” tactics against him. Now, Bengtsson has publicly slammed alarmist climatologists for promoting “pseudo-science.” Unsurprisingly, the media have fostered every bit of this “pseudo-science.”



The zombie apocalypse is nigh! The zombie apocalypse is nigh!

Well, no it isn’t. In fact, it’s probably as likely to occur as the rest of Paul Ehrlich’s predictions.

Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist famous for his widely debunked book “The Population Bomb,” doubled down on his climate change and overpopulation fear-mongering with HuffPost Live on May 21. Ehrlich warned host Josh Zepps that the dangers of overpopulation are growing, blaming Republicans and the media for failing to take action. While hawking a new book called “Hope On Earth,” Ehrlich’s co-author Michael Tobias praised Ehrlich’s older, outrageously wrong predictions and said they underestimated the problem.

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Failing to provide historical context, The New York Times used Alaska’s Muir Glacier as “evidence” for global warming without mentioning that it has been melting since at least the 1700s.

On May 19, Kenneth Chang of The New York Times decried the acceleration of melting glaciers worldwide, which he blamed unequivocally on global warming. But at the top of his article (in the online version) there were pictures of the Alaskan Muir Glacier from 1941 and 2004.



Alaska’s Muir Glacier photos used by newspaper to decry worldwide glacial melt, ignores Muir’s history.



Those who say climate change is a threat to the planet continue to call for actions against climate skeptics.

On May 19, PBS’ “Moyers & Company” played a clip of scientist, David Suzuki, calling for politicians skeptical of man-made climate change to “be thrown in the slammer.” On day later, a tweet by well-known alarmist Michael Mann suggested that skepticism could be a “crime against humanity.” As least far back as 2006, and as recently as March 2014, liberal journalists and radical scientists have advocated punishing people who doubt catastrophic, man-made climate change.



When the federal government fearmongers over climate change, you can expect a collective media gasp. But not when alarmists are accused of pressuring and attacking skeptical scientists.

Meteorologist Lennart Bengtsson claims that after he joined a non-profit which expressed doubt in the global warming alarmist movement, he suffered a persistent campaign of hate and vitriol from alarmist scientists. He resigned from the group on May 14, citing fears for his health and safety. Broadcast news networks ignored Bengtsson and his claims while continuing to report on climate change. 



Networks completely Ignore Dr. Lennart Bengtsson’s complaints, while stoking climate fears.



It is a sad day when the iconic Godzilla becomes a vessel for extreme environmentalism.

Gareth Edwards’ remake of the classic “Godzilla” pushed a strong environmental message where three massive monsters serve as nature’s brutal revenge against mankind’s abuse of the earth. The film which opened on May 16, sent multiple messages including anti-nuclear power and the message that “humanity has abused” the world and “deserved” Godzilla’s attack, according to the director.



Despite the rise in deaths from preventable childhood diseases, the networks spent the last 15 years fueling speculation that vaccines cause autism. Just in the past seven years more than 1,300 died from such diseases, according to CDC data.

The medical community widely refuted such claims and the medical journal that once published the study later retracted it. But for years the broadcast networks continued to report on the alleged connection between vaccines and autism.

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Hard facts often trump breezy liberal logic supporting renewable energy.

Parade Magazine columnist Marilyn Vos Savant, once considered the smartest person in the world, wrote on May 11 that wind power may actually disrupt local weather. While this information contradicts climate alarmist attempts to reduce extreme weather to a consequence of global warming, it adds to the list of environmental problems with wind turbines.



Desperate to prop up the Obama recovery, ABC, CBS and NBC hyped the good and shunned the bad amidst two contrasting economic reports.

The broadcast networks embraced discussing the economy after strong job creation numbers were released on May 2. They weren’t as keen on covering the bad news when horrible growth data was released just two days earlier showing GDP had dropped from 2.6 percent to just 0.1 percent. Only CBS mentioned the gross domestic product (GDP), but it underemphasized the scary slowdown by hyping good stock market news.

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Another day, another anti-business documentary pushed by the media.

Katie Couric, former ABC, CBS and NBC anchor, partnered with Laurie David, one of the climate alarmists behind “An Inconvenient Truth,” to attack the food industry in the new documentary “Fed Up.” In a recent Time magazine article, Couric admitted her own activism and personal passion over the issue of childhood obesity. Unsurprisingly, the media praised this anti-industry message. (video after break)