Mar
06
2015

Getting Media to Take Climate Threats Seriously? There’s a Snowball’s Chance

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Speaking of the laugh riot that is climate change, have you heard the one about the pipeline that would carry a third more tar sands crude oil than Keystone XL?

Mar
03
2015

WaPo Can Find Climate Denial Embarrassment Closer to Home

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The Washington Post (3/1/15) is afraid that Sen. Jim Inhofe’s ridiculous claims about climate change are going to be a “national embarrassment.” It takes a much more tolerant attitude toward the climate deniers in its own employ. Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, took to the floor of the Senate to try to debunk the “hysteria on global warming” with a snowball and a photo of a snow fort. As the Post accurately notes: Global warming is a long-term and worldwide trend. The fact that it’s cold at one place on the Earth at […]

Feb
17
2015

Borrowing a Climate Denial Trick to Erase Rising Inequality

New York Times chart showing rising inequality

New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt has a new column headlined “Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis.” This is mostly, if not entirely, BS.

Jan
16
2015

And Now, a Word From Our Climate Denier…

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If the purpose of climate coverage is to convey how open-minded the New York Times is, then this piece is a success, managing to give one-third of its quotes to a proponent of a fringe theory without giving any indication that his eccentric views are virtually absent from peer-reviewed science.

Nov
24
2014

NBC’s Energy Debate: Oil Exec Vs. Oil Industry Adviser

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Meet the Press host Chuck Todd dismisses Keystone pipeline as a symbol, then presents an energy ‘debate’ between two industry insiders.

Nov
21
2014

FAIR TV: Keystone Misinformation, War ‘Works’ and NPR’s Cosby Questions

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The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news–and so is a lot of the same old misinformation. Plus we’ll look at how some TV journalists think about how war “works,” and at what exactly NPR’s Scott Simon asked comedian Bill Cosby.

Nov
18
2014

No, Tar Sands Oil Isn’t Inevitable

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Pundits say opposing Keystone is foolish because they’re going to get that oil out of the ground no matter what. But is that true?

Nov
17
2014

No, NPR Did Not Ask Cosby About Rape Accusations

Bill Cosby (cc photo: Kate Haskell)

NPR’s Scott Simon didn’t ask Bill Cosby about the sexual assault allegations made against him by numerous women. There was no “rape question.”

Nov
17
2014

Is Keystone Coverage Getting Worse?

Tar sands refinery (cc photo: Pete Williamson)

The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news. But some of the coverage is as bad as ever–if not worse.

Nov
07
2014

FAIR TV: Joni Ernst, Midterm Money and CNN’s Climate Change ‘Debate’

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ABC World News hardly covered the midterm elections–but when they did, it looked more like an ad for a Republican candidate. Plus we look at an example of campaign coverage done right, and a curious climate change segment on CNN.

Nov
07
2014

Covering Climate Crisis, Fox News Style

Change in temperature and precipitation, 1986-2100 (IPCC)

Even when it’s barely covering the issue of climate change, Fox News reporters know that they’re supposed to include what climate change deniers have to say.

Nov
03
2014

CNN Host: Climate Change Is Undeniable, So Here’s a Denier

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A CNN host explains that debating climate change is a bad thing. What came next? A debate over climate change.

Oct
31
2014

FAIR TV: #TimeFail, Dodgy Climate Change Rhetoric and the Non-Voting Public

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This week: Time slams public school teachers; what did their “bad apples” cover story get wrong? Plus we look at how ABC is framing the climate change debate among Republican politicians, and we note that election season pundits shouldn’t confuse the message they’re hearing from a minority of the population that votes with “the public.”