Kurtz Covers for Post, Palin

The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz spends his Sunday mornings as the host of Reliable Sources, the media criticism show on CNN. Yesterday (12/13/09), one segment concerned the Washington Post‘s decision to print an op-ed (12/9/09) on “Climategate” by Sarah Palin.

It prompted this exchange with guest John Aravosis of Americablog:

ARAVOSIS: What newspapers aren’t supposed to do is present an issue that’s already decided as being a he said/she said of, hey, half the people say yes, half the people say no.

KURTZ: So you say it’s already decided.

ARAVOSIS: Ninety percent of scientists believe global warming is manmade.

KURTZ: And Sarah Palin has said that manmade activity contributes to global warming.

I’m not sure where Palin said that, but in her Post op-ed she wrote this:

But while we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can’t say with assurance that man’s activities cause weather changes.

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Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.