The Australian tells journalists to get off the warming wagon:
THE word, according to Deborah Cameron, ABC radio’s morning host in Sydney, is that “there could be an ice-free Arctic in 2010”. Precisely whose word, and on what evidence, is unclear. So is the basis of SBS reporter Karen Middleton’s question to Kevin Rudd at the National Press Club in Canberra on Monday about environmental analysts’ claims that “the Barrier Reef and the Murray-Darling river system could well be gone by 2020”. Gone where?
Much of the print and online coverage of the Government’s emissions trading scheme echoed the same sentiments, as opposed to facts.
This has not been the fourth estate’s finest hour. It has exposed much of the mainstream media as naive, prone to hyberbole on environmental issues, ideologically blinkered and lacking logic and analysis skills. Many of the culprits would pride themselves on being sophisticated sceptics in other areas of life, yet without question preach the scorched-earth gospel and hang on the prophecies of Greens leader Bob Brown. Fewer than one in 10 Australians vote Greens, yet that party’s claims have become accepted wisdom for many journalists.
UPDATE: Scientists damn AP for scaremongering, and Professor David Deming sets the record straight: “The mean global temperature, at least as measured by satellite, is now the same as it was in the year 1980. In the last couple of years sea level has stopped rising. Hurricane and cyclone activity in the northern hemisphere is at a 24-year low and sea ice globally is also the same as it was in 1980.” Deming said the (AP) article is further evidence of the media’s decision to talk about global warming as fact, despite what he says is a lack of evidence. “Reporters, as I understand reporters, are supposed to report facts,” Deming said. Read more at icecap.us The tide is turning.
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