Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The 'Media Suppression' of Global Warming 'Truth' Meme

Here's one you hear a lot; how the media is suppressing the 'truth' that global warming is not real/is a scam/is a communist plot/is not all badf etc and so on. For example in the banner 'Global Warming Censored':
Consistently viewers are being sent only one message from ABC, CBS and NBC: global warming is an environmental catastrophe and it’s mankind’s fault. Skepticism is all but shut out of reports through several tactics – omission, name-calling, the hype of frightening images like polar bears scavenging for food near towns and a barrage of terrifying predictions. The Business & Media Institute analyzed 205 network news stories about “global warming” or “climate change” between July 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2007. BMI found a meager 20 percent of stories even mentioned there were any alternative opinions to the so-called “consensus” on the issue.

And there is more examples here and here.

Boo hoo! Only 20% of stories give the sceptics point of view! Wah! Wah! Compare this to the Iraq war (e.g. here and here) when 20% of anti-war voices would have been amazing coverage; the right seemed silent about the disparity then? Still lets take the issue on; so what should the media present? Represent the debate within the scientific community? Well 90% of scientist accept the consensus, with 97% of climate scientists agreeing. While some sub-groups dropped lower (e.g. petroleum geologists) it still seems that 20% is an over generous amount of coverage.

Let's also not forget that a number of very major news outlets give fawning, uncritical coverage to denialists and their claims while leaping on any issues that emerge with the consensus position; these include (but are not limited to):

- Fox News
- The Telegraph
- The Daily Mail
- The Express
- The Australian
- Washington Post
- The Spectator

With all those outlets on-side, it's hardly censorship is it? Here's more on the subject of how the media not only is not censoring the denialists, but giving them coverage not justified by thier credentials, knoweldge, evidence or bias...

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