Skip to comments.How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change was debatable
Posted on 01/10/2019 1:02:09 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
Late last year, the Trump administration released the latest national climate assessment on Black Friday in what many assumed was an attempt to bury the document. If that was the plan, it backfired, and the assessment wound up earning more coverage than it probably would have otherwise. But much of that coverage perpetuated a decades-old practice, one that has been weaponized by the fossil fuel industry: false equivalence.
While print outlets arent perfect, TV news has lagged further behind on climate, often presenting climate contrarians as an equal and opposite balance to climate scientists. In coverage of the national climate assessment, for example, multiple cable news shows featured both climate scientists and climate deniers, as though the two are simply opposite sides of a debate.
Though some outlets have moved to extricate deniers from the conversation, too many television news programs continue to bring on contrarian experts, giving a platform to tired lies. I say lies because fossil fuel industry scientists debunked these theories themselves decades ago, so they are knowingly perpetuating falsehoods.
Its well past time the media stopped allowing itself to be a tool in the fossil fuel industrys information war. Oreskes likens the push for balance on climate change to journalists arguing over the final score of a baseball game. If the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2, journalists would report that. They would not feel compelled to find someone to say actually the Red Sox won, or the score was 6-4, she says.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Amy Westervelt is an audio and print reporter who covers climate and gender, and sometimes the intersection of the two.
Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.
Clouds are evil.
The power of the Washington Post, and its collaborators in the “mainstream media,” has far more power to propagandize and gaslight the public into believing what is not true than Big Oil does, ever did, or ever will.
That’s why so many believe in the pseudo-science of “global warming.”
What an asinine article. No actual discussion of the details climate change science and why we should believe her view of it. She demands that we believe it just the establishment says so. That argument is called “Appeal to authority”, and it’s not a good way to persuade someone who actually has a brain.
Democrats are arrogant, lying scum.
But that's EXACTLY how a debate is supposed to be run. A pro side, and a con side.
The scariest part of the whole Climate Change issue is how successfully one side has silenced the other. The "deniers" are simply called liars, and are forced from the stage.
So much for the Age of Enlightenment. We are going back to Dark Ages thinking here. Persecute all who disagree!
I suppose we'll see something like this again. Galileo on trial:
How the global warming victim complex convinced the public that climate change was based on science.
And I’ll be Ol Amy has very biased bones in her body
More propaganda and brainwashing - the entire proposal is that the science (so called because its not) is unquestionable and any opposition is lies.
Climate change IS debatable. It is clearly changing, but how fast and why are NOT “settled science.” Human activities undoubtedly play a part, but how much? Most importantly ‘would proposed solutions do anything?’ - almost certainly not, they are not even intended to do more than redistribute income from political enemies to political friends.
“Climate Deniers” are true scientists; climate scammers are criminals, and need prosecution!
Amy Westervelt looks like her face got run over at the intersection of Genderscam and Climatescam!
What is climate change? Define.
Oreskes likens the push for balance on climate change to journalists arguing over the final score of a baseball game. If the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2, journalists would report that. They would not feel compelled to find someone to say actually the Red Sox won, or the score was 6-4, she says.
The analogy would be wrong if there were still 5 innings
left to play. That is, the game isn’t over yet and the
result is still undecided. These people are trying to
convince the crowd that there is no point in staying till
Late last year, the Trump administration released the latest national climate assessment on Black Friday in what many assumed was an attempt to bury the document......
No they didn't - and her own link shows that.
It’s amazing that she goes through this entire thing without even stating what it is that is being denied.
If the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2, journalists would report that. They would not feel compelled to find someone to say actually the Red Sox won, or the score was 6-4, she says.
Sports are the only thing the media tells the truth about, because:
1. The scores are important.
2. There are too many witnesses.
You assume the American voting public has brains. Actually this type of argument works very well in our current dumbed-down society.
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