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Mark Steyn: What Story? [Jourbalism's Climategate Coverup]
The National Review ^ | November 28, 2009 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 11/29/2009 2:15:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Michael Gerson has lousy timing. In The Washington Post, in one of those now familiar elegies for old media, he writes:

And the whole system is based on a kind of intellectual theft. Internet aggregators (who link to news they don't produce) and bloggers would have little to collect or comment upon without the costly enterprise of newsgathering and investigative reporting. The old-media dinosaurs remain the basis for the entire media food chain.

That's laughably untrue in the Warmergate story. If you rely on the lavishly remunerated "climate correspondents" of the big newspapers and networks, you'll know nothing about the Climate Research Unit scandals - just the business-as-usual drivel about Boston being underwater by 2011. Indeed, even when a prominent media warm-monger addresses the issue, the newspaper prefers to reprint a month-old column predating the scandal. If you follow online analysis from obscure websites on the fringes of the map, you'll know what's going on. If you go to the convenience store and buy today's newspaper, you won't. That's the problem.

If anyone needs newspapers, it ought to be for stories like this. If there were no impending ecopalypse, then "climate science" would be a relatively obscure field, as it was up to a generation ago. Now it produces celebrity scientists living high off the hog of billions in grants. They thus have a vested interest in maintaining the planet's-gonna-fry line. So what do the media do? Instead of exposing the thesis to rigorous journalistic examination, they stage fluffy green stunts, run soft-focus "living green" features with Hollywood "activists", and at a time of massive staff cutbacks in every other department create the positions of specialist "climate correspondent" and "environmental reporter" and fill them with sycophantic promoters of the Big Scare to the point that, as Dr Mann coos approvingly to The New York Times, "you've taken the words out of my mouth".

What Gerson writes ought to be true. Warmergate demonstrates why it isn't.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: climaquiddick; climatechange; climategate; climediagate; cru; globalwarming; hadleycru; jourbalism; marksteyn; presstitutes; steyn; warmergate
Waiting for the day when newspapers, news weeklies and old-style TV news are no more.
1 posted on 11/29/2009 2:15:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like the cretans in congress, these intelligent idiots in the media are writting thier own ticket to oblivion. Thank God for transparency.


2 posted on 11/29/2009 2:20:27 PM PST by ronnie raygun (Leaders who refuse to lead will be lead by the people)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

jourbalism? You mean “gerbal-ism” the style of Anderson Cooper.


3 posted on 11/29/2009 2:20:38 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...aggregators (who link to news they don't produce)

So news only belongs to the reporters. Cause they make (produce) it. Gee. What about the newsmaker(s)?

4 posted on 11/29/2009 2:21:52 PM PST by 386wt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Gerbalism

Isn't that what they do in their off hours?

5 posted on 11/29/2009 2:25:05 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And they wonder why people will not put their toxic newspapers in the Birds Cage.


6 posted on 11/29/2009 2:28:53 PM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee. I hadn’t even thought of that. What will happen to all those handsomely compensated eco-reporters of their warm mongering fails? What newspaper will want to pay scarce dollars to them for a one-inch column saying that it’s gonna rain tomorrow and the wind will be 5-10 MPH from the southwest?


7 posted on 11/29/2009 2:29:40 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr Gerson seems unaware of the concept of a value-added enterprise. Of course, the Washington Post is not an enterprise one associates with value, period. (To be fair, though, they’re extremely good with “unaware.”)


8 posted on 11/29/2009 2:30:15 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Jew, conservative, and proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dinosaur Media Death Watch, part 3,463,676.


9 posted on 11/29/2009 2:33:21 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Porterville

Did you mean “gerbil-ism”? That was the first thing I thought about these morons. Rotten minds think alike. Could be Gorebull-ism, or Goebbels-ism too, I suppose.


10 posted on 11/29/2009 2:33:28 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Jourbalism?

Is that the name for stuff written by Richard Gere?


11 posted on 11/29/2009 2:34:38 PM PST by humblegunner
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

12 posted on 11/29/2009 2:35:16 PM PST by steelyourfaith (Time to prosecute Al Gore now that fellow scam artist Bernie Madoff is in stir.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Check this guy out if you haven’t. His name is Alex Jones, I’m watching his youtube vids.
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx3q2arm_ek
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G4f98fBCfk&feature=related


13 posted on 11/29/2009 2:35:33 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Internet aggregators (who link to news they don't produce) and bloggers would have little to collect or comment upon without the costly enterprise of newsgathering and investigative reporting.

No kidding. Tell Breitbart. It's possible now, in a realistic amount of time to take what we need and discard the BS. That can only be a good thing. They will have to ram their cap & trade nonsense through not only being aware themselves that the premise it's based upon is bullshit, but with the awareness that we certainly know it too. Will they stop lying about it then?

14 posted on 11/29/2009 2:42:23 PM PST by Seven plus One
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Warmergate

As good as this story is, the bigger story being missed by the press is how MSM is abdicating its role and becoming complicit in the kinds of sins it used to relish exposing.

The thesis that the bloggers leach off the work of “journalists” is bogus. The research, the legwork is done by alternative media, talk radio, bloggers and the citizens on the internet. The press stonewalls and waits for press releases to copy but ultimately leaches from these alternative media research and stories.

Moreover, with downsizing of personnel and branch offices (Washington Post just announced several office closings) the reliance of traditional media on alternative media is necessarily going to become more pronounced.


15 posted on 11/29/2009 2:43:27 PM PST by Mobties
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16 posted on 11/29/2009 2:43:45 PM PST by narses ('in an odd way this is cheering news!'.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The liberal media avoids stories that conflicts with their liberal lies.


17 posted on 11/29/2009 2:48:22 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Mobties
the reliance of traditional media on alternative media is necessarily going to become more pronounced

Nah, they'll continue to get all their material from the DNC and White House press offices.

18 posted on 11/29/2009 2:50:02 PM PST by expatpat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

CNN’s Website has a special “Environment” section and there is not a whisper of the biggest story of the decade.

These are what they think are news stories:

Environment
- U.N. official issues climate rallying cry
- Carbon trading conflict in Canberra
- Sea level rise could cost $28 trillion
- Saving orangutans in Sumatra
- California OKs energy mark for TVs
- Rudd: Climate change is real
- Leaders blow cold on climate deal


19 posted on 11/29/2009 2:50:09 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: Mobties

“As good as this story is, the bigger story being missed by the press is how MSM is abdicating its role and becoming complicit in the kinds of sins it used to relish exposing.”

That happened a long time ago. I don’t know exactly when, but I became aware of it in the early 1980s, and have seen examples from the Viet Nam era. Ann Coulter wrote that the trashing of Joe McCarthy in the 1950s was an example of this.

Point is, it’s not that they are now abdicating; it is that they have been despicable villains for decades.


20 posted on 11/29/2009 2:56:58 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The collusion of two pillars of failure, each with ZERO credibility at this point: Big Media looking out for Big Academia.

It’s Chapter 325 of a never-ending saga.


21 posted on 11/29/2009 3:03:50 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And the whole system is based on a kind of intellectual theft. Internet aggregators (who link to news they don't produce) and bloggers would have little to collect or comment upon without the costly enterprise of newsgathering and investigative reporting. The old-media dinosaurs remain the basis for the entire media food chain.

That statement is laughable on so many levels it isn't funny. The use of the word 'investigative' is a real side-splitter. 'Intellectual' applied to MSM stories is another hoot. If their "reporting" weren't so chuck full of BS there truly wouldn't be so much to comment on.

22 posted on 11/29/2009 3:05:18 PM PST by TigersEye (Sarah Palin 2010 - We Can't Afford To Wait)
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To: ronnie raygun

We’d be better off with a random selection of Cretans in congress instead of the cretins we have, though we wouldn’t understand what they are saying, as it will all be Greek to us.


23 posted on 11/29/2009 3:07:04 PM PST by buwaya
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To: dsc
That happened a long time ago. I don’t know exactly when, but I became aware of it in the early 1980s, and have seen examples from the Viet Nam era. Ann Coulter wrote that the trashing of Joe McCarthy in the 1950s was an example of this.

I guess maybe that's true. I always thought it started when the media brought down Nixon; they started to get drunk on their own power right about that time. But that's maybe because Watergate happened when I was about 19, and everyone always thinks history started when they became aware of current events.

McCarthy was 20 years before Nixon. They got a taste of blood with McCarthy, that's for sure.

But before that, there was Teapot Dome.

The traditional media is abdicating it's role, and has been for a long time. But the new media is coming up from behind, and coming up rapidly. As long as the Constitution protects us, we'll be all right over the long run.

24 posted on 11/29/2009 3:07:34 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those dang jourbalists. Just can’t trust em to get their story straight.

http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/898746/IA/Des-Moines/Author-Business-Jourbalist-Sarah-Lane-Once-You39re-Lucky-Twice-You39re-Good/East-Village-Books/


25 posted on 11/29/2009 3:08:11 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Porterville
Gerbalism!!! Ha haaaa!!!

From now on, that's what I'm calling it.

26 posted on 11/29/2009 3:09:46 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: dsc
I became aware in the 1980's as well. Pope John Paul the Second was visiting Chile and MIR decided that this would be a good time to stir up trouble. So they attacked the unarmed police who were at the event for crowd control.

Over 70 officers were injured, some very seriously. About 20 of the attackers were injured.

The AP wrote about how the police were massacring peaceful protesters while the Pope watched.

As I was at the event I knew they were lying though their capped teeth. And I never trusted the Media again.

27 posted on 11/29/2009 3:15:21 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: dsc

“As good as this story is, the bigger story being missed by the press is how MSM is abdicating its role and becoming complicit in the kinds of sins it used to relish exposing.”

That happened a long time ago. I don’t know exactly when, but I became aware of it in the early 1980s, and have seen examples from the Viet Nam era. Ann Coulter wrote that the trashing of Joe McCarthy in the 1950s was an example of this.

Point is, it’s not that they are now abdicating; it is that they have been despicable villains for decades.


I worked in the MSM in Washington for about 20 years and this is correct. By and large, Big Media has been an active agent of anti-Americanism as long as I have known it. In fact, to keep my job and remain a patriotic conservative all those years I more or less had to sneak around—although I eventually got tired of that.

As for Coulter, she is dead on correct about McCarthy. The media was driven to villify him as part of their pro-Soviet agenda. They also had to villify Hoover too, and others. And they got LOTS of help from the KGB in doing it.

The same thing with the Vietnam War, the protest of which- and assault upon by the MSM was really financed from abroad through “pacifist” front groups that were set up by the Sovs and never had any problem co-opting reporters in America.

It’s pathetic how bad it has gotten. You have to be certifiable to believe ANYTHING that comes out of the DC MSM. There is simply no credibility there.


28 posted on 11/29/2009 3:15:24 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: Porterville
You beat me to it! gerbilism...a tiny and understandable mistake when referring to journalism or entertainment.
29 posted on 11/29/2009 3:34:04 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Mobties
As good as this story is, the bigger story being missed by the press is how MSM is abdicating its role and becoming complicit in the kinds of sins it used to relish exposing.

As another poster here has coined it... Climediagate.

30 posted on 11/29/2009 3:44:39 PM PST by Asfarastheeastisfromthewest... ("Sooner or later in life, we all sit down to a banquet of consequences." Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And the whole system is based on a kind of intellectual theft. Internet aggregators (who link to news they don't produce) and bloggers would have little to collect or comment upon without the costly enterprise of newsgathering and investigative reporting. The old-media dinosaurs remain the basis for the entire media food chain.

There is some merit to this position. Some type of licensing agreements should probably be arranged. That said what is normally done with MSM articles? They're dissected and the truth and MSM mendacity is exposed. Frankly, they have become little more than subject matter for discussion rather than the purveyors of unknown information.

31 posted on 11/29/2009 3:45:21 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


32 posted on 11/29/2009 3:52:17 PM PST by VOA
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To: KC_Conspirator
The liberal media avoids stories that conflicts with exposes their liberal lies.

Fixed it.

33 posted on 11/29/2009 3:58:40 PM PST by NewLand (We shall all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately)
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To: PaleoBob

“The same thing with the Vietnam War, the protest of which- and assault upon by the MSM was really financed from abroad through “pacifist” front groups that were set up by the Sovs”

I have been trying for years to draw attention to the way the Soviets worked to exacerbate our drug problem, but I can’t get anybody to believe me.


34 posted on 11/29/2009 4:24:26 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Nuc1

“without the costly enterprise of newsgathering”

From what I understand, very little of that actually goes on among the lamestream media.


35 posted on 11/29/2009 4:26:58 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc

I have been trying for years to draw attention to the way the Soviets worked to exacerbate our drug problem, but I can’t get anybody to believe me.


People just don’t want to know. The KGB archive files, Ian Pacepa, many many other soures have made it clear that the Soviets were puppet-masters of much of what went on in the West in the mid to late 20th century. But people want to keep their heads in the sands, even as many of the ops the Sovs launched continue to outlive the Soviet Union itself, such as the “Palestinian cause,” an invention of Yuri Andropov.

People would rather believe that J. Edgar Hoover was a cross-dresser. It shows you how successful the KGB was at such things. Hey. They also invented Castro, and he invented Weather Underground killer Bernadine Dohrn, teaching her about revolutionary Marxism in the early 1970s and advising her to go back to the US and find a black communist who could present himself as suitable for the presidency and be able to shame white liberals into voting for him.

Not bad, huh?


36 posted on 11/29/2009 4:49:47 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: Porterville
jourbalism? You mean “gerbil-ism” the style of Anderson Cooper.
37 posted on 11/29/2009 5:03:58 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: dsc

Seems so doesn’t it. They seem to parrot whatever PR or the DNC tells them too.


38 posted on 11/29/2009 5:06:42 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A major newspaper like the NYT or WaPo could at least temporarily reverse its decline by taking this warmingate thing in its teeth and running loud an hard with it. But staying in existence is not what the “press” is interested in. Like NARAL or Planned Parenthood or NOW and so many other orgs the only purpose of the organization is the Revolution and Utopian Socialism. Once we have that gloriously in place the WaPo owners can retire in satisfaction that they have brought Salvation to Mankind or they feel they can continue on as the government mouthpiece after the Inet and the Washington Times are no more. WaPo is no different from the hundreds of little ACORN organizations or the hundreds of civil rights organizations.


39 posted on 11/29/2009 5:10:38 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Steely Tom; dsc; PaleoBob
That happened a long time ago. I don’t know exactly when, but I became aware of it in the early 1980s, and have seen examples from the Viet Nam era. Ann Coulter wrote that the trashing of Joe McCarthy in the 1950s was an example of this.
I guess maybe that's true. I always thought it started when the media brought down Nixon; they started to get drunk on their own power right about that time. But that's maybe because Watergate happened when I was about 19, and everyone always thinks history started when they became aware of current events.
McCarthy was 20 years before Nixon. They got a taste of blood with McCarthy, that's for sure.
But before that, there was Teapot Dome.
The traditional media is abdicating it's role, and has been for a long time. But the new media is coming up from behind, and coming up rapidly. As long as the Constitution protects us, we'll be all right over the long run.
I absolutely agree with Ann Coulter's assessment of McCarthy; AP journalism would have gleefully pointed out any inaccuracy in Treason - and all they did was nitpick irrelevancies, so evidently she was right.

My analysis is that the question, "When did they stop doing their job?" is miscast. The real question is, "When did we start believing their propaganda about what their job was?" And the question before that is, "How did we get from the fractiously independent journalism of the founding era to the homogenously leftist journalism of today?" And the answer to that, IMHO, is "The Associated Press." The telegraph and the AP changed the newspaper game from a bunch of independent operators - who had very little ability to get news faster than anyone else and therefore were in the opinion business, and only published weekly - into a bunch of veritable franchisees of the Associated Press. They are very strongly "associated," and that gives them the freedom to claim objectivity without fear of ridicule from their "competitors," who are actually now their associates. And, of course, claiming to be objective is proof of strong subjectivity.

The Right to Know


40 posted on 11/29/2009 6:41:49 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: PaleoBob

Ohnos

Centennial 2, the mini-series reality marathon.


41 posted on 11/29/2009 6:55:17 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: arthurus

I have trouble spelling journalistic trends.


42 posted on 11/29/2009 7:06:40 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the hacked emails will show that the MSM has played a big part in the Man global warming hoax. The MSM does not want to report that.


43 posted on 11/29/2009 7:22:52 PM PST by kempo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
jourbalism

Quite possibly one of the best, unintentional (I'm assuming) spelling errors ever. Or, as Comic Book Guy might say, "Best. Spelling. Error. Ever."

44 posted on 11/29/2009 8:33:52 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The DemocRat Party = Enemies of Freedom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To reinforce Steyn’s dead-eye accuracy, I just looked in the Washington Post for the news that The Climate Reseach Unit announced it “accidentally” destroyed all the original data for the Gobal Warming Scam.

Complete cover-up of all of the non-existent data that drove the Hoax.

If you want real news go to the Internet.


45 posted on 11/29/2009 10:10:29 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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