Another American media failure

posted at 8:47 am on March 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In the years after the the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent failure to find WMD, the American media flagellated itself publicly over its lack of skepticism of Bush administration cassus belli claims.  We endured reams of essays about the supine nature of the corporate-owned media, the supposed disinformation campaign of the White House, the “lies” on WMD claims (that had also been made by Democrats in Congress from 1998 until the invasion), and so on.  To this day, the American media still considers their self-described blind acceptance of claims about intelligence without sufficient investigation as an indictment on their industry — and a consequence of the Internet-driven changes to the media market.

After wearing sackcloth and ashes for so long, one might believe that the American national media would leap at the chance to show its newfound mission of skepticism and challenge to authority.  Unfortunately, US journalists have missed a grand opportunity to demonstrate that it learned a lesson about swallowing a story from the government without question, if indeed that is what happened in 2002 on Iraq.  We know this because their colleagues across the pond in the United Kingdom have not missed the chance to speak a little truth to power, both in their own government and to multilateral organizations that issued faulty analyses, false data, bad research, and hysterical demands for action.

Do I refer to our military efforts in Afghanistan?  In Pakistan?  Fiscal policy among the G-20?  No.  The Australian and British press have eaten the American media’s lunch on the collapse of credibility at the IPCC and in the anthropogenic global-warming (AGW) movement.  In the past four months, media outlets like the Times of London, the Telegraph, the Australian Herald-Sun, and even the Left-leaning paper The Guardian have broken important stories (along with bloggers) exposing the fraud, mismanagement, and unscientific behavior of the core group of AGW advocates, such as:

None of these — none — were exposed by a major American media outlet.  The efforts of the American press, with a couple of rare exceptions such as the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal, have mainly been to play down the significance of every revelation and to emphasize their view of scientific AGW “consensus.”  When the Washington Post finally got around to reporting on the East Anglia scandal, it provided only a straightforward but superficial recounting of the journalism done in the UK and Australia.  The New York Times didn’t even bother to do that much, saying that the collapse of the basis of Obama administration policy didn’t amount to a “three-alarm story.”

To this day, the American media has had almost nothing to add to the growing list of exposés accomplished by their Anglospheric cousins.  Bear in mind that our current government plans an unprecedented intrusion into the energy sector, entirely on the basis of the IPCC report that has been systematically dismantled by bastions of journalistic accomplishment like the Times of London, who got many of the above scoops.  Such a policy would give the federal government vast power over the economy and allow it to accrue massive amounts of fees and taxes, while dictating the rationing of both retail energy use and the means of producing it.

With all of that at stake, shouldn’t the American media have deployed its storied skepticism to some use on the AGW movement and the IPCC?  After all, it was only a few years ago — after the invasion over which the media wailed and self-criticized its credulousness — that we discovered that the UN had conducted the largest fraud in human history, the Oil-for-Food program that put billions of dollars into the pockets of Saddam Hussein while impoverishing the Iraqis the program was designed to protect.  Shouldn’t the American media have been even more skeptical, given the track record of accountability at Turtle Bay over the last decade?

Indeed it should — and indeed it didn’t, and still hasn’t.  Curiously, the American media has been almost entirely AWOL on the collapse of the IPCC and anthropogenic global-warming hysteria as its intelligence has been proven not just wrong, as the WMD intel from multiple Western nations was in Iraq, but blatantly fraudulent.  It has been exposed as mainly comprised of bad anecdotal recording, biased manipulations of data, and collations of hysterical claims by environmental extremists.

Forget learning “the lessons of Iraq.”  When will the American media take a cue from its colleagues in Britain and Australia and start learning the lessons of the IPCC and of Oil-for-Food?


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From the past week, the paper that the IPCC used to justify it’s claims of sea level rises has been withdrawn when independant verifiers found problems in the calculatiosn.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 8:51 AM

What, you’re expecting a wing of the Democratic party (the press) to report on something that hurts something their hero boyfriend wants? Not. Gonna. Happen.

Sugar Land on March 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for Obama’s pet news networks to get in the way of “Hope and Change”.

Guardian on March 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM

When will the American media take a cue from its colleagues in Britain and Australia and start learning the lessons of the IPCC and of Oil-for-Food?

About the same time that Algore returns his Nobel prize?

petefrt on March 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Supporting evidence for the headline story from yesterday that revealed more people seek their news from the Internet than from the MSM.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 8:55 AM

The decision not to report these stories comes from the White House of course. The progressive Obama still plans to impose some sort of control and taxation on fossil fuel energy and can’t very well do it if his cheering section is saying AGW is a fraud.

darwin on March 2, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Phil Jones declares that sharing of data is not “standard practice” amongst scientists.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/03/01/phil-jones-on-the-hot-seat-not-sharing-data-is-standard-practice

Amongst climate scientists, maybe.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Forget learning “the lessons of Iraq.” When will the American media take a cue from its colleagues in Britain and Australia and start learning the lessons of the IPCC and of Oil-for-Food?

Or perhaps investigating a Democratic Party candidate for president of the United States?

rbj on March 2, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Indeed it should — and indeed it didn’t, and still hasn’t. Curiously, the American media has been almost entirely AWOL on the collapse of the IPCC and anthropogenic global-warming hysteria as its intelligence has been proven not just wrong, as the WMD intel from multiple Western nations was in Iraq, but blatantly fraudulent.

I would argue that the WMD intel was not proven wrong, just not proven correct.

We still don’t know what all those trucks were taking over the border into Syria in the advent of the war.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Media, the trusty lapdog.

Coronagold on March 2, 2010 at 9:00 AM

We still don’t know what all those trucks were taking over the border into Syria in the advent of the war.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM

The latest I heard was it was milk and honey for the children. At least that’s what the media told me … and I believe them.

darwin on March 2, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Phil Jones declares that sharing of data is not “standard practice” amongst scientists.

He’s confusing the scientific community with the intelligence community.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Green is big business.

One of the big problems with certain media outlets, is that they are owned by big parent companies.

These parent companies have invested a lot of time and money into green marketing, green products, and have positioned themselves to fare better than their competition when new green laws are passed.

That’s why I find it so laughable to see stories about corporate greed.

reaganaut on March 2, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Great work Ed. I Will be sending this to the Houston Chron. As well as my Senators and Congressman. Thanks.

Weight of Glory on March 2, 2010 at 9:04 AM

I would argue that the WMD intel was not proven wrong, just not proven correct.

We still don’t know what all those trucks were taking over the border into Syria in the advent of the war.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 8:59

I would also add that the causus belli included Saddam Hussein’s refusal to comply with UN Resolutions regarding inspections. Whether WMD existed or not was part of the problem but so too the inability to verify.

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 9:04 AM

In their words:

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
- Maurice Strong, former Secretary General of UNEP

“A New World Order is required to deal with the Climate Change crisis.”
- Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister

“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
- Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment

“The data doesn’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations on the data. We’re basing them on the climate models.”
- Prof. Chris Folland, Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research

“It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.”
- Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace

“Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.”
- Sir John Houghton, first chairman of IPCC

- David, UK, 02/3/2010 12:13

Guardian on March 2, 2010 at 9:05 AM

People are now killing themselves over this manufactured global warming hysteria.

Al Gore has blood on his hands.

JammieWearingFool on March 2, 2010 at 9:05 AM

The current truth merchants can’t risk damaging the “brand” so don’t look for any 3 alarm stories on AGW unless they originate from the Gore compound in Tennesee.

Kuffar on March 2, 2010 at 9:05 AM

The Left never apologizes or admits it’s wrong. The better question is why can’t the sheeple see these lies coming? They’ll be another one right around the corner. You’ll see you boys.

solidaction on March 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Liberals have their own truth. Just ask Harry Reid.

Jaynie59 on March 2, 2010 at 9:08 AM

What did Katie Couric know and when did she know it?

Dan Pet on March 2, 2010 at 9:09 AM

highhopes on March 2, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Good point.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM

What was worse was a couple of posters at WUWT like Oakland here that defended the meme that it is common practice in science not to share results.

chemman on March 2, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Let’s not forget that the British press is also eating our MSM’s lunch when it comes to honest coverage of our own federal government.

DaydreamBeliever on March 2, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Memorandum submitted by the
Royal Society of Chemistry (CRU 42)

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmsctech/memo/climatedata/uc4202.htm

In this statement, the institution with 46,000 members says that it is essential for science – and the public’s confidence in science – that the data are available, research may be and is reproduced, and peer review is impartial.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

The latest I heard was it was milk and honey for the children. At least that’s what the media told me … and I believe them.
darwin on March 2, 2010 at 9:01 AM

That reminds me of the video that was shot before the first Gulf War showing scientists dressed in white lab coats with the words “baby milk plant Iraq” silkscreened on the back. Why, just yesterday, I visited a factory that had workers with uniforms that said “car factory America” on the back.

The silver lining to this is that we no longer need the traditional press to tell us what to think. They’ve lied too often to too many to ever be trusted again. They are slowly rotting from within. We will soon witness the collapse of some media outlets that were around well before we were born. I for one am ready with my dancing shoes.

turfmann on March 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

The latest I heard was it was milk and honey for the children. At least that’s what the media told me … and I believe them.

darwin on March 2, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Thanks. I had thought it was unicorns & lollipop trees.

rbj on March 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

The Institute of Physics

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/02/27/16772/

On Saturday, The Institute of Physics, a scientific charity with 36,000 members, submitted an even more stringent document to the same committee in which it states that unless the correspondence from the ClimateGate is a forgery – which it’s surely not – it de facto proves that their scientific work in the climate science was fraudulent.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 9:15 AM

The efforts of the American press, with a couple of rare exceptions such as the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal, have mainly been to play down the significance of every revelation and to emphasize their view of scientific AGW “consensus.”

Too much capital has already been invested into the scam. Careers have been made. GE is poised to become the most powerful company in America and countless others. Better to hold out on the truth while the going is good.

RepubChica on March 2, 2010 at 9:15 AM

When the mainstream media refuses to report the truth, then it is obvious they are propaganda tools of the progressives. They become the enemy and need to be dealt with or they will help destroy our country as we know it. BOYCOTT the MSM.

volsense on March 2, 2010 at 9:16 AM

That reminds me of the video that was shot before the first Gulf War showing scientists dressed in white lab coats with the words “baby milk plant Iraq” silkscreened on the back.

turfmann on March 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Even funnier, in a country where almost nobody speaks english, the silkscreening was done in english.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 9:16 AM

One could contemplate that the MSM in the US has ignored the deflation of the AGW story because of the lack of intellectual curiosity, lack of science-based staff, or ignorance of the facts.

The problem involves none of the above factors. Theirs is an ideologically driven agenda that is failing before their eyes. They are so heavily invested in the fraud that they have no choice but to continue to support the illusion and ignore the facts.

They have decided to go down with the corporate ships of journalism, such as it exists anymore. The customers have already left in all the lifeboats.

Yoop on March 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM

The MSM is part of the lie.

Rode Werk on March 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM

We will soon witness the collapse of some media outlets that were around well before we were born. I for one am ready with my dancing shoes.

turfmann on March 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I sure won’t be shedding any tears over their passing, but I have my doubts about what’s going to replace them.

Dark-Star on March 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM

The traditional American media is dead.

This is one more example of incompetence and dishonesty.

It is fraud to even call it “news” anymore.

petunia on March 2, 2010 at 9:18 AM

What did Katie Couric know and when did she know it?
Dan Pet

Answers: Nothing. Never.

It’s difficult to be critical of a new lover, his ability, or his technique when you are in the sack with him.

Crusader Rabbit on March 2, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I’ve stated before, the MSM are not news services. they are Democrat info commercials with breaks for advertising of real products. None of the MSM either print or tv, would make a pimple on a real reporters ass.

BruceB on March 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I deny denying AGW. And all you denialists need to “get on board” with the consensus on the USS Settled Science ‘cuz the waters are rising… on de Nile.

But hey, all kidding aside, when can I start shooting?

Doorgunner on March 2, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Here’s a blast from the past. Dr. James Hansen’s view in 1989 seemed a lot more temperate than it does today. Back then, he’s ready to accede to a study that says something counter to what his theory predicts, saying “I have no quarrel with it”. Today, he uses labels like “deniers” (see here) when such contradictory essays and facts are made public. What a difference 20 years makes.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/03/01/flashback-u-s-data-since-1895-fail-to-show-warming-trend/

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 9:23 AM

I would argue that the WMD intel was not proven wrong, just not proven correct YET. We still don’t know what all those trucks were taking over the border into Syria in the advent of the war. Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM
FIFY and thanks for making the point!

indypat on March 2, 2010 at 9:24 AM

We still don’t know what all those trucks were taking over the border into Syria in the advent of the war.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Nor do we know what the Israelis destroyed in their airstrike in Syria, or that it was related, though I have my suspicions.

Vashta.Nerada on March 2, 2010 at 9:24 AM

junkscience.com is another good site for finding stories the MSM refuses to carry.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Oh Heck we live in a kinder , more gentle world
The French are at the forefront of confronting Pirates and sending in an elite team to kill pirates and rescue hostages .
Meanwhile Obama ( NERO THE FIDDLER ) Takes 4 days ( after missing one opportunity ) to give the thumbs up to rescue our citizen .
The U.K. newspapers had for more info on Obama and his terrorist pals before the election than their American counterparts .
The story of rampant fraud in the AGW studies is huge news in Europe but ignored here , imagine if BUSH was at the helm it would be rammed down our throats like the Death of Micheal Jackson or Anna Nicole .
The Media has placed it’s bet that FASCISM will engulf our country and naturally we will need sympathetic News outlets to spread the PROPAGANDA and the Elitists that Front these organizations will live like NOBLES .

ELMO Q on March 2, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Gee, I wonder if reporting on a huge scandal like Climategate might’ve led to a spike in ratings and the salvaging of at least a few of those ABCNews employees that are being let go.

Doughboy on March 2, 2010 at 9:26 AM

He’s confusing the scientific community with the intelligence community.

If you say so. But to my weary old eyes, it appears that the “scientific community” hasn’t been too scientific. And no, the “intelligence community” doesn’t look too intelligent.

oldleprechaun on March 2, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Bear in mind that our current government plans an unprecedented intrusion into the energy sector, entirely on the basis of the IPCC report that has been systematically dismantled by bastions of journalistic accomplishment like the Times of London, who got many of the above scoops.

There is your answer Ed.

RMR on March 2, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Press credentials are the new scarlet letter.

BKeyser on March 2, 2010 at 9:26 AM

They’re too busy discussing normal-looking waves moving ashore in Hawaii.

SouthernGent on March 2, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Promoting “Hope and Change” is the job (as “Tingles” Matthews famously said) of the US media.
Until there is a tipping point and the media lemmings will charge in the other direction.

RobCon on March 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Or perhaps investigating a Democratic Party candidate for president of the United States?

rbj on March 2, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Which one are you talking about? The Democrat media failed to vet the “nominee” in 2000 (who is tied to this AGW mess by an umbilical cord), they gave the 2004 Democrat “nominee” a pass when he refused to release his military records, and they didn’t vet O’bama in 2008.

Ah, I know. You mean John Edwards!

Del Dolemonte on March 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM

The American media didn’t report these stories because they were TOLD not to.

Mojave Mark on March 2, 2010 at 9:31 AM

The American media didn’t report these stories because they were TOLD not to.

Mojave Mark on March 2, 2010 at 9:31 AM

WE HAVE A WINNER!!

thomasaur on March 2, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Chris Matthews said a journalist’s job is to help the president. I guess the rest of the media took him seriously.

John Deaux on March 2, 2010 at 9:33 AM

More evidence that the MSM are propaganda mouthpieces for Liberals and Democrats. They are a disgrace to journalism.

conservative pilgrim on March 2, 2010 at 9:33 AM

BOYCOTT the MSM.

[volsense on March 2, 2010 at 9:16 AM]

That’s kind of hard to get everyone to do for a significant period of time and across the board, for a variety of reasons. But a directed message could be sent via a week long “vacation” boycott, where you get a significant number of people who still subscribe to newspapers to call in to put a one-week stop on their papers.

If it is coordinated to be on the same week and publicized as a message to all news media, it might have some affect on their attitudes about ignoring important news.

Dusty on March 2, 2010 at 9:35 AM

ABC just let 20% of their news organization go. NYT, same problem. They are fighting for their lives, much like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barrack Obama. They don’t seem to care that there is money to be made out there if they would only bend to the will of the people. They aren’t, do they will fail.

BetseyRoss on March 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

For the most part, Blogs sift through available information to post facts consistent with their advocacy narrative. The NYT leads the way in doing exactly the same. It would be nice if reporting pillars like NYT and AP actually conducted journalism without filters that advocate for far left socialism. The problem is the lack of competition in reporting. Perhaps local bloggers everywhere could organize an Associated Blogger Press to carve up reporting opportunities and actually report an objective alternative to AP’s orthodoxy.

Mark30339 on March 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Q:

When will the American media take a cue from its colleagues in Britain and Australia and start learning the lessons of the IPCC and of Oil-for-Food?

A:
Never. Exposing the lies of the left is not progressive. Move on.

ROCnPhilly on March 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Fox news vs the CNN and MSNBC.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/assets_c/2010/03/2010.03.01-Average-P2+-590×456.php

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

And what gets me going – the Politicians are always saying we need to fix our infrastructure with Stimulus Funds — Haven’t we already paid Taxes for those things …

wheels on March 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The American MSM is, with few exceptions, nothing but propagandists for liberals and progressives. It has been obvious since they began attacking Bush, Rove, Cheney, Palin, Limbaugh, and any other conservative Republican that the “media” has an agenda to trash public figures with conservative points of view.
.
I can remember when we used to mock the media arms of the government of the USSR, Pravda and Izvestia, as nothing but echo chambers of politicians. The same is now true of American media. What a laugh! They have killed off their own industry and profession. Good riddance!

ExpressoBold on March 2, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Where are the trolls? With the media on their side I still can’t see how they can lose any election whether, federal, state or local. The Gop suree has a big handicap going against all these odds,,, a hostile media.

garydt on March 2, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Great take on things Ed. That’s why you’re the man!

Sorax on March 2, 2010 at 9:53 AM

The funny thing is both the the left and right sides of politics view this as a problem.

Perhaps there is hope for bipartisanship after all! :)

ckoeber on March 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM

When Obama comes out and acknowledges the IPCC fraud then the media will start reporting it.

The media takes its lead from the White House.

albill on March 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM

The American “drive-by media” is in fact a branch of the Democrat Party.

I will never trust them again in my lifetime, and I wish for their demise. Scumbags, everyone of them…

Keemo on March 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM

But hey, all kidding aside, when can I start shooting?

Doorgunner on March 2, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Itchy finger? It is starting to look like a free-fire-zone, is it not?

Journalists leaving the collapsing Paper houses. News anchors fleeing the falling ratings. Liberal bloggers running from the looming vote.

But, hey, they are all kind of slow. Dial in less lead.

Yoop on March 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Looking out the window today, March 2, at about 10 inches of snow that still haven’t melted because it’s too darn cold, I still cherish and hold onto AGW like the warm security blanky that it was. Err, is.

This is just an anomaly, truthy-chillers; teh AGW will be back, and then you’ll all be teh sorry ones, oh yes…

MarkT on March 2, 2010 at 10:10 AM

But hey, all kidding aside, when can I start shooting?

Doorgunner on March 2, 2010 at 9:22 AM

If you’re fantasizing about storming the White House for mom, God, and apple pie…not yet.

But if another Katrina-style gun seizure is tried, open fire with my blessings.

Dark-Star on March 2, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Awesome re-cap, Ed. I will be adding this to my favorites. Thanks a million!

Joe Caps on March 2, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Heck, we even have to find out from a British newspaper that 0bama’s doctor told him to get therapy to quit smoking and cut back on his BOOZING.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/01/barack-obama-told-to-quit-smoking

LegendHasIt on March 2, 2010 at 10:13 AM

The American MSM is, with few exceptions, nothing but propagandists for liberals and progressives. It has been obvious since they began attacking Bush, Rove, Cheney, Palin, Limbaugh, and any other conservative Republican that the “media” has an agenda to trash public figures with conservative points of view.

ExpressoBold on March 2, 2010 at 9:47 AM

It goes back further than that. Think how the Lewinsky Affair was no big deal, how Gingrich stole Congress, how long potatoe was a big joke, voodoo economics, Cronkite regarding Vietnam, etc.

When were they ever really objective?

John Deaux on March 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM

GREAT POST CAPTAIN! This succinctly puts forth the total hypocracy of the U.S. media. I especially appreciate your exhaustive list of “real” stories on the ongoing fraud of AGW. At our house, we get our global warming fraud updates from U.K. newspapers. It truly is pathetic at how little our journalists practice their so-called “art” of journalism. The media here has unfortunately turned into conduits for tabloid hit pieces, gossip and astro-turfing.

Once again, thanks so much for this post.

KickandSwimMom on March 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM

The funny thing is both the the left and right sides of politics view this as a problem.

ckoeber on March 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I don’t see anyone on the left complaining about the US media’s refusal to cover the fact that the AGW myth has completely fallen apart.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I have to admit, I wasn’t always this close to politics, as I should have been. I am learning, and catching up on a daily basis, and you’re all great teachers. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t wmd’s used by Saddams regime, on the Kurds? Meaning, he had them, or they’re still there? Perhaps just so well hidden, or moved to another country as a favor? God help us if they’re still out there, and in the wrong hands.

As for the press….as long as Obama is president, and as long as the liberal press wants to ensure cap, and trade…they won’t report on this. When a republican, or other is elected, then sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, we’ll hear all about this fraud from them, and they’ll spin it to blame that current president.

capejasmine on March 2, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Too much capital has already been invested into the scam. Careers have been made. GE is poised to become the most powerful company in America and countless others. Better to hold out on the truth while the going is good.

RepubChica on March 2, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Meanwhile, America needs new power plants, and companies aren’t building them because they’re worried about the costs of Cap and Trade…while Washington is dreaming of not only a White Christmas, but a White Easter.

Steve Z on March 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM

. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t wmd’s used by Saddams regime, on the Kurds? Meaning, he had them, or they’re still there?

Oh, it’s a fact that he HAD some kind of WMD.

The real issue is wether or not he had any the will or means to do anything with them besides further terrorize his own country.

Dark-Star on March 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Media leftists have a filter, so anything that goes against what they already decided to be sacrosanct won’t go past their lips. Or word processors, as it were.

If the IPCC did things wrong, then Algore must be wrong, too. Or, to be generous, he was duped. If Gore, who the MSM praise, is wrong about AGW then what else must he be wrong about? As a prominent liberal, his being wrong on too many counts might make a media hack start reconsidering his whole liberal philosophy.

Liberals, as we all know, can’t handle something that. That’s how Olbie can, with a straight face, call MM a bag of meat and still not think of himself a sexist.

Liam on March 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I don’t see anyone on the left complaining about the US media’s refusal to cover the fact that the AGW myth has completely fallen apart.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM

That doesn’t take away from the fact that EVERYONE (left, middle, right) hates the media.

ckoeber on March 2, 2010 at 10:42 AM

The “American Media” has a story to tell, and they’re not about to let “FACTS” get in their way.

And then they wonder why they have little affect on the American public, have a dwindling readership and are looked upon with scorn and ridicule.

GarandFan on March 2, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Today’s mainstream media is a political instrument–not a journalistic instrument. And, it makes the new media (responding to deficiencies in the old media) more political too. If the mainstream press would rediscover their professionalism, and get less political about what they cover and how they cover it, then the response would be less political too. The mainstream press has all the competition it does, and is in the financial trouble it is, because they lost track of their purpose. Their purpose is describing political battles–not fighting them.

RBMN on March 2, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Great article Ed.

I don’t think the American media missed anything, our media willingly kept incriminating AGW evidence away from the public.

Speakup on March 2, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The silver lining to this is that we no longer need the traditional press to tell us what to think. They’ve lied too often to too many to ever be trusted again. They are slowly rotting from within. We will soon witness the collapse of some media outlets that were around well before we were born. I for one am ready with my dancing shoes.

turfmann on March 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Amen

wi farmgirl on March 2, 2010 at 10:56 AM

MSM has been the main marketing arm of the DNC for years. Sop for the cows and nothing more.

Angry Dumbo on March 2, 2010 at 10:57 AM

It’s media malpractice, alright, but by the British papers. Yes, the IPCC report–a report having the explicit goal of turning science into political recommendations–was not an accurate reflection of the underlying studies. Yes, some of the studies it cited had flaws. There are still thousands of other studies, though, that suggest AGW is real.

The hysteria pushed by the Daily Mail et al. is akin to renouncing atomic theory after a cold fusion claim is proven a hoax, or renouncing evolution by natural selection after the Piltdown Man claim was likewise exposed.

Don’t get me wrong: if the claims regarding the East Anglia researchers are true, then it would be a big deal, but it would be a big deal only for the careers of those particular researchers. And, speaking of discrediting oneself through exaggeration, Republicans would do better to spend their time coming up with non-draconian ways to deal with AGW than to spend it denying the obvious.

hicsuget on March 2, 2010 at 11:05 AM

We still don’t know what all those trucks were taking over the border into Syria in the advent of the war.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Nor do we know what the Israelis destroyed in their airstrike in Syria, or that it was related, though I have my suspicions.

Vashta.Nerada on March 2, 2010 at 9:24 AM

And remember in 2004 the WMD they found those terrorists with that were going to bomb Amman, Jordan with? Enough to kill 20,000, where did the rest go? Maybe Israel only destroyed part of it if they did hit it in the airstrike.

wi farmgirl on March 2, 2010 at 11:07 AM

while Washington is dreaming of not only a White Christmas, but a White Easter Red Oktober.

Steve Z on March 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Da?

daesleeper on March 2, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Republicans would do better to spend their time coming up with non-draconian ways to deal with AGW than to spend it denying the obvious.

hicsuget on March 2, 2010 at 11:05 AM

P.T. Barnum would love you.

Vashta.Nerada on March 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Forget learning “the lessons of Iraq.” When will the American media take a cue from its colleagues in Britain and Australia and start learning the lessons of the IPCC and of Oil-for-Food?

Because they are “Corporate Media” and our Government is in bed with Corporate America – Captured by Wall Street. There never should have been a TARP I. This is fascism, those with eyes only need to see, those with ears only need to hear.

MSNBC belongs to GE, who is pushing the legitimacy of AGW on their networks….It’s a Snake eating it’s own tail.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM

MSNBC belongs to GE, who is pushing the legitimacy of AGW on their networks….It’s a Snake eating it’s own tail.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I believe they call that ‘greenwashing’, fyi.

Dark-Star on March 2, 2010 at 11:17 AM

He’s confusing the scientific community with the intelligence community.

Disturb the Universe on March 2, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Ahem. I think the intelligence community is much further along in the data sharing arena than Mr. Jones.

unclesmrgol on March 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

NOW THIS IS THE CAPTAIN ED MORRISSEY I REMEMBER! WELL DONE, SIR.

While our shameless American Media continues to provide cover for the contemptuous fabrications of the largest scam in the history of the world, the exposure of a media, falling so deep in its own hypocrisy and propaganda,(while refusing to print the truth), it is no wonder they are failing their readership by proclaiming their trade as journalism.

Rovin on March 2, 2010 at 11:19 AM

There are still thousands of other studies, though, that suggest AGW is real.

hicsuget on March 2, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Never has been, never will be.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Republicans would do better to spend their time coming up with non-draconian ways to deal with AGW than to spend it denying the obvious.

hicsuget on March 2, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Since when is the mythological, obvious.

MarkTheGreat on March 2, 2010 at 11:24 AM

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