Climate Change or Weather Change? More Sloppy Reporting from ABC

By November 20, 2006Global Warming

Here’s another doozy in the annals of media partisanship on the topic of climate change.

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a US government agency, announced that for the second consecutive month, temperatures across the US were actually cooler than average. We can’t whine about lack of coverage here because in fairness, ABC’s Bill Blakemore (presumably an Al Gore voter) jumped right on the story. However, they spent as much time telling viewers how this trend did not debunk the global warming theory as they did reporting on the fact that temperatures dropped. ABC went on to explain to its viewers that this was a trend in weather, not climate. Big difference.

They’re actually right about that, and we’d agree with them on that point. But as Noel Sheppard points out over at NewsBusters, back on August 4, Blakemore reported on the nation’s heat wave, citing it as evidence of so much global warming. Apparently, it’s climate when the temperature goes up, it’s weather when the temperature goes down.

ABC is left once again with egg on their face after this episode, their bias so blatantly obvious as to be downright embarrassing. Maybe they hired Dan Rather’s fact-checker. Oh, wait — we forgot — he didn’t have one.