Here’s a fairly extraordinary piece from the Environment and Public Works Committee of the United States Senate, what any objective observer would consider an authoritative source. This should shock even the most global-warming-hysteria-hardened curmudgeons out there.
At a Society of Environmental Journalists convention (we’ve written about them before, not really the most balanced group on the topic themselves), ABC global warming correspondent Bill Blakemore said, “I don’t like the word ‘balance’ much at all” in global warming coverage.
At least we can say for ol’ Blakemore that he’s not alone. In fact, we’ll bet he felt right at home up there in Howard Dean’s home state, speaking to a bunch of enviro-journos. They likely carried him out on their shoulders. You can see from this link that Blakemore clearly confuses the role of journalist and scientist. His job is to report, not to make sweeping conclusions about science over which experts are clearly split. And, therein lies the rub: He refuses to acknowledge the lack of consensus on the issue. Shame on him, shame on ABC, but they don’t really care. They have their own satellite and you’ll believe what they tell you, dammit.
As John Mayer sings,
“When you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want .”
Like Mayer, we keep on waiting for the (journalistic) world to change — at least in their blatant one-sided coverage of global warming (Or is it cooling?). With folks like Bill Blakemore, there’s slim chance of that.
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