Media Redemption in Unmasking Global Warming Scam?
It doesn’t help that our global warming guru, former Vice President Al Gore, refuses to engage in vigorous debates on the subject. Just days ago Gore fumbled an answer to an inconvenient question during a Q&A while someone mercifully cut the microphone on the inquisitor.
That someone? Likely a person connected with the Society of Environmental Journalists, which sponsored the event.
The media doesn’t deserve complete blame here. Journalists routinely receive press releases from environmental groups and universities claiming one set of facts, like global warming is on the rise, and many come from trustworthy sources.
And when reporters call up sources to flesh out climate change stories, they’re likely to find a global warming believer on the other end of the line.
But reporters should be skeptical on every issue they face, be it a politician's latest promise or a climate debate in which one side deems the science “settled.” And skepticism has been in very short supply when it comes to global warming. Wouldn’t professional cynics give these headlines more than a cursory look?
- “Surge in fatal shark attacks blamed on global warming”
- “Climate change makes island kids bony, stunted”
- “Latest threat from global warming: shrinking sheep”
- “Warming trends blamed for syrup season change"
Global warming skeptics have been trying to sound the alarm for years that the science behind the movement is uncertain, that the probability we can change our current course is unlikely, and that the issue is being used for political purposes.
The MSM could still save itself and its shaky reputation. Rather than simply reporting the latest facts about current temperatures, why not do a little investigative reporting as to why so many people got fooled? Who funded these alarmist studies? How much money did former Vice President Al Gore stand to make if people bought into his fear mongering?
In short … what happened?
Reporters scolded themselves at length a few years ago for not reporting the truth about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction -- or the lack thereof. It was one of the rare times you heard journalists critique each other en masse.
We need reporters to repeat that soul-searching ASAP.
It’s not too late for reporters to start aggressively finding the truth. But if President Barack Obama passes cap-and-trade legislation, it just might be -- both for the country and for the media.