AP: Still misreporting Kyoto

posted at 7:58 am on April 2, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

This almost became its own category at Captain’s Quarters, as the AP has never reported the story of the Kyoto treaty in the US correctly. Yesterday, Chelsea Clinton gave them yet another opportunity to correct their record when she also blamed George Bush rather than her father for the bill’s failure to win approval. However, once again, the layers of fact-checkers and editors failed to correct the reporting (via Instapundit):

Chelsea Clinton returned Monday to North Carolina, telling college students that the world will “breathe a sigh of relief” once President Bush leaves office. Clinton spoke Monday during a town hall meeting with students at North Carolina State University. She later moved on to Peace College in Raleigh to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Clinton told about 250 people at N.C. State that her mother, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, would work to repair the nation’s reputation abroad.

“I think the world will breathe a sigh of relief when this president is gone,” Clinton said, criticizing Bush for pulling out of various accordings, including the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

Chelsea needs to look closer to home. Bill Clinton signed the Kyoto “accordings” — perhaps the AP meant “treaties”? — but never submitted it to the Senate for ratification. In 1997, as a response to the Clinton administration’s action, the Senate voted 95-0, with such Democratic stalwarts as Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer among them, to issue a sense of the Senate resolution rejecting Kyoto. The resolution was sponsored by Chuck Hagel and Robert Byrd. Even John McCain rejected it.

Bill Clinton never bothered to try for ratification.  The “according” sat on his desk from 1998 to the end of his term.  The Bush administration merely reflected the unanimous will of the Senate when he rejected the treaty — not because he didn’t support emission control, but because he wanted an end to the exemption for India, China, and other developing nations.  That was the explicit grounds for the Hagel-Byrd resolution, and to this day remains a key flaw in the Kyoto Protocol.

Contrary to the AP’s terrible reporting on this subject, this data is easily found through a secret process called research.  Wikipedia has a pretty decent entry on the subject, and even an environmental advocacy group gets its facts straight.  Instead, the AP allows its reporters to repeat thoroughly debunked memes without ever acknowledging their errors.  At a certain point, it stops looking like errors and more like deliberate dissemination of political propaganda.


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the AP allows its reporters to repeat thoroughly debunked memes without ever acknowledging their errors. At a certain point, it stops looking like errors and more like deliberate dissemination of political propaganda.

Well said, that is exactly what it is. Further proof that the AP has a left bias.

Dollayo on April 2, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Maybe HIllary can cite negotiting such a lousy treaty that it got unanimously rejected by the Senate as part of her “experience”.

cool breeze on April 2, 2008 at 8:17 AM

At a certain point? Why yes…yes it does. Or, did.

Cylor on April 2, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Bill Clinton never bothered to try for ratification. The “according” sat on his desk from 1998 to the end of his term

Are you kidding me?

The guy was busy.

What do you think Bill Clinton was doing, or was done to him for last years of his presidency?

Are you comparing something minor like Kyoto to a major Blow?

Come on.

Think Clinton, not Ed.

Indy Conservative on April 2, 2008 at 8:18 AM

Ed, I don’t understand your surprise. AP does of course stand for Always Perverted.

leanright on April 2, 2008 at 8:20 AM

“I think the world will breathe a sigh of relief when this president is gone,” Clinton said, criticizing Bush for pulling out of various accordings, including the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

I suppose it is possible that the reporters and editors at the AP are just incredibly stupid. Which of course does not contradict the likelihood that they are biased as well.

MrLynn on April 2, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Either Chelsea is deluded, or she’s lying. Considering her pedigree, it’s easy to figure out which is more likely.

Bigfoot on April 2, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Bigfoot on April 2, 2008 at 8:33 AM

I agree, the stink never drifts far from the turd.

leanright on April 2, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Lying is in the genes, obviously.

JammieWearingFool on April 2, 2008 at 8:41 AM

AP is on the left and remember that the left always lies, when a particular fact doesn’t fit their mindset.

If one were interested in facts and in accuracy, why would one even be on the left? Leftist ideology has never squared with reality so to be an adherent, one must believe in propaganda and lies.

NoDonkey on April 2, 2008 at 8:41 AM

I was talking with my older brother (lawyer/lib) the other day, and he said “well, you can’t believe a word the press says anymore”… He was referring to an article in the LAT. Even life long Libs are starting to get it.

Keemo on April 2, 2008 at 8:45 AM

The Clintons, all three of them, are highly intelligent people. That tends to suggest that Chelsea’s telling porkies rather than something more innocent.

Ares on April 2, 2008 at 8:57 AM

At a certain point, it stops looking like errors and more like deliberate dissemination of political propaganda.

Well, in Arabic AP translates as al Propaganda.

I R A Darth Aggie on April 2, 2008 at 9:14 AM

I’m glad that you are shining a spotlight on Miss Chelsea’s false claims, Captain Ed. Her remarks raised a hackle in me yesterday when I read about this.

Both Obama and Chelsea the surrogate for Mom are spending a lot of time on college campuses, charming their uncritical audiences with disinformation, misinformation, and vague claims. Instead of being skeptical of the propaganda they are being fed, the students prefer the pre-digested pabulum that they have been fed by the media and their professors, now confirmed by personality “politicians”.

onlineanalyst on April 2, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Bill Clinton signed the Kyoto “accordings” — perhaps the AP meant “treaties”?

AP probably meant to say “accordion”.

Socratease on April 2, 2008 at 10:04 AM

AL Gore signed the damned thing, Billy didn’t want to get any on him.

mojo on April 2, 2008 at 10:11 AM

and to this day remains a key flaw in the Kyoto Protocol.

The key flaw in the Kyoto Protocol is the Kyoto Protocol.

BDavis on April 2, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Even better, why doesn’t somebody go back and look at the signitories, and compare their emission levels to the US? You will find that European countries increased emissions faster than the non-signer US……

Think_b4_speaking on April 2, 2008 at 10:34 AM

It strikes me that there is an important omission in this analysis that makes what Chelsea said understandable. Bush went out of his way to associate himself with the rejection of Kyoto and global warming. And this was after his campaign promises in 2000 to take global warming seriously. If Bush had been more political, I doubt that the media would be so misinformed on this issue. But we know how these things take a life of their own, like the Al Gore invented the internet meme–which no matter how efforts to point out that Al Gore never said any such thing, most people still think is true.

thuja on April 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM

So the child of chronic liars is a liar? Whodathunk?

Connie on April 2, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Kyoto is the biggest fraud perpetrated on the entire world.

Emission Trading. Look it up.

Mazztek on April 2, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Let’s see, once again we need to be reminded that Chelsea is 28 years old, working in a “free” job. This opens her up to any criticism. So to those who defend her, fuggettaboutit!!!!

MNDavenotPC on April 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Lets see, today’s front page has 3 stories about blatant media distortions, The Boston Globe/McCain, The Washington Post/Yoo and the AP/Kyoto. While these examples are nothing new to readers of this site, Michelle’s, Newsbusters and many more, the vast majority of the public acquires their information from the MSM and formulates perspectives and opinions based on lies and disinformation. B.S.O’Reilly points out that he has never witnessed such an dishonest media, if he can see this it is beyond obvious! So what is really going on? Is the Soro’s Dr.Evil machine at work, are journalists really propagandists bought by the highest bidder, has the public become so dumbed down and lazy that intellectual honesty is to difficult to understand, or do people just not care?

dmann on April 2, 2008 at 12:23 PM

The “All Propaganda” news fabricating service probably would get fired by the MSM if it actually published an unvarnished factual story.

landlines on April 2, 2008 at 12:40 PM

The Bush administration merely reflected the unanimous will of the Senate when he rejected the treaty — not because he didn’t support emission control, but because he wanted an end to the exemption for India, China, and other developing nations. That was the explicit grounds for the Hagel-Byrd resolution, and to this day remains a key flaw in the Kyoto Protocol. – Ed Morrissey

I disagree with you Ed, I’d say the “key flaw in the Kyoto Protocol” is the fact that “man-made global warming” is fraud “ab initio” (from the beginning).

It seems to me it would be a treasonous act to sign a treaty that will allow the so called “world body” to skim-off unlimited funds from our domestic businesses, thereby destroying those businesses and our economy along with them, especially when global warming is a known fraud to begin with. Maybe I’m missing something… but THAT’s what I see as the key flaw with the Kyoto Protocol.

Maxx on April 2, 2008 at 12:58 PM

It isn’t liberal or left bias, it is overt treason and sedition against this government and nation. The MSM is threatening your family, children, grandchildren and generations to come. When do we take them to the woodshed?

wepeople on April 2, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Maxx on April 2, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Well stated and agreed upon.

MNDavenotPC on April 2, 2008 at 1:47 PM

While the Europeans are busy hectoring the Bush Administration about its refusal to ratify the Kyoto treaty, the dirty little secret is that European CO2 emissions have continued to rise, while American CO2 emissions have fallen slightly. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…maybe that’s the greeenhouse effect!

With China building many inefficient, coal-fired power plants these days, China’s CO2 emissions now exceed those of the United States, which is why the Chinese don’t want to ratify Kyoto either.

Meanwhile, the global average temperature is about 1 degree C colder than a year ago. When will people figure out that the best thing to do about “global warming” is nothing?

Steve Z on April 2, 2008 at 1:52 PM

They did the same thing with embryonic stem cell research, which I believe was also cited in the article as one of Bush’s failings. Bush actually approved limited funding — Clinton never did. Somehow that became “Bush’s ban on stem cell research.”

The deal with Kyoto is that Bush pulled out of the negotiations. Apparently, the correct thing to do would have been to put up appearances and pretend like we were going to agree to something we never were going to agree to. Apparently, Bush’s flaw was not lying with a straight face… you know like Clinton or Chiraq would do.

Spolitics on April 2, 2008 at 2:07 PM

AP, Reuters, CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC – they should all have to register as lobbyists.

The only free press we seem to have left is bloggers, and that’s a bit of a mixed lot.

Good information is largely buried under bad.

Merovign on April 2, 2008 at 5:10 PM