Dec 24 2004

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on environmental coverage, Jules Boykoff on global warming

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This week on CounterSpin: a holiday special on the media and the environment, including an interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author of Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals are Plundering the Country and Highjacking our Democracy. Kennedy says that at a time when we are living under worst environmental administration ever, the media are largely ignoring environmental stories. We’ll talk to Robert F. Kennedy about the media, the environment and George W. Bush.

Also this week: There’s little– if any– serious scientific debate about what causes global warming. But you wouldn’t get that impression from the media, where industry-sponsored “skeptics” sometimes get equal billing to argue that human activity isn’t responsible for climate change; or even that Global Warming might even be a good thing. We’ll speak to politics professor Jules Boykoff about what’s wrong with the media cover climate change, and how journalistic ‘balance’ can, in fact, result in bias.


All Kobe, all the time, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Salon, 8/24/04–ad-viewing required)

Journalistic Balance as Global Warming Bias: Creating controversy where science finds consensus, by Jules Boykoff & Maxwell Boykoff (Extra!, 11-12/04)