February 10, 2016

AP Pair Deceptively Covers Supremes’ Stay of EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’ Reg

If you’re a couple of reporters at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, it’s one thing to be personally disappointed and even upset at yesterday’s move by the Supreme Court to grant a stay to states challenging the “Clean Power Plan” regulation issued by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency last October.

It’s quite another thing to falsely portray what occurred and the related impacts, which is what AP reporters Michael Biesecker and Sam Hananel most certainly did early Wednesday morning. The nature of their dispatch, which emphasized the administration’s defiant reaction, likely contributed to TV networks’ decisions to ignore or downplay what the Court did, choices which Julia Seymour at NewsBusters noted earlier today.

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January 23, 2016

IBD Calls Out Al Gore As His 10-Year ‘Planetary Emergency’ Deadline Looms

On January 26, 2006, former Vice President, current climate alarmist and centimillionaire Al Gore told the Associated Press’s David Germain that “unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return.” Gore’s warning was also paraphrased by AP reporter Jaclyn Schiff in a story still present at CBS News (“politicians and corporations have been ignoring the issue for decades, to the point that unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return, Gore said”).

Tuesday, as DC and much of the Northeast finishes digging out from a serious and possibly historic weekend snowstorm, will be the tenth anniversary of Gore’s “planetary emergency” warning. The “global warming” true believers in the establishment press will never hold Gore accountable for his nonsense, which is why going to alternative sources such as the editorials at Investor’s Business Daily is so necessary. On Friday, IBD called Gore out, identifying “Five Ways We Know Al Gore’s Been Running A Global Warming Racket” (links are in original; bolds are mine):

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December 30, 2015

Time.com Writer Cites Temperature at North Pole, Alaska As Coming From THE North Pole

The temperature in the Fairbanks, Alaska suburb of North Pole earlier today was apparently in the low-40s Fahrenheit.

It was then that Alexandra Sifferlin at Time.com reported the Alaska town’s temperature as if it came from the North Pole. The only current evidence of Sifferlin’s original grievous error at Time.com is a deliberately vague correction at the bottom of her post telling readers that “This article originally misidentified a temperature reading as belonging to the North Pole.” Fortunately, ever-alert blogger Patterico excerpted the post as originally written (the link to North Pole, Alaska’s conditions at Weather.com is in the original):

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December 27, 2015

IBD Notes Three Global Warming Stories The U.S. Press Has Ignored

Yesterday, I noted that Associated Press reporter Karl Ritter actually wrote, and AP actually published, a story about how complying with the Paris climate agreement would require greenhouse gas emissions “To Drop Below Zero.”

Perhaps Ritter, whose beat includes “cover(ing) climate change, from UN negotiations to Arctic melt,” looked around and realized that if he didn’t put out something distracting, no matter how absurd, he’d have to cover one or more of three other “climate change” developments during the past couple of weeks — none of them favorable to the warmists’ cause. An editorial on Thursday at Investor’s Business Daily, one of the key places readers need to regularly visit to get important news the establishment press won’t report, addressed them (links are in original; bolds are mine):

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December 26, 2015

Part of a Real AP Headline: ‘Emissions Need To Drop Below Zero’

The detachment from reality of those who actually believe that the recent international climate agreement in Paris is anything but a dangerous and potentially expensive charade has become especially irritating.

The goals identified in Paris are obviously unachievable, and have no direct tie-in to reducing “global warming.” Convincing evidence of the link between carbon dioxide generation and allegedly rising global temperatures doesn’t exist. In light of this reality, someone really needs to ask the AP’s Karl Ritter how much Kool-Aid he had to drink before he informed readers on Thursday morning that the “PARIS CLIMATE GOALS MEAN EMISSIONS NEED TO DROP BELOW ZERO” — and then attempted to take that goal seriously.

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December 14, 2015

Jerry Brown’s Admiration For ‘Coercive Power of Government’ Gets Little National Media Attention

Imagine a Republican or conservative governor boasting of his or her use of “the coercive power of government” to accomplish center-right policy goals. The political and media backlash would be furious — and it would be justified.

Such statist rhetoric is becoming ever more commonplace on the left, and is rising to ever higher political levels. The establishment press is mostly ignoring this development, and usually omits related inflammatory assertions from its coverage. Statements relating to “climate change” have especially been reinforcing David Horowitz’s old adage that “Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out” for several months. Last week in Paris, California Governor Jerry Brown let his inner totalitarian out several times. A video of one such example follows the jump.

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‘Objective’ Reporters Wildly Cheer As ‘Climate Change’ Agreement Announced

Apparently a generation of “journalists” has been raised to believe that the matter of human-caused global warming is “settled science,” and that anyone who doubts the agenda-driven, redistributionist “climate change” movement is an enemy of civilization. Additionally, these people clearly don’t understand the orchestrated, false-drama nature of diplomatic gatherings such as the one in Paris which just concluded with yet another “breakthrough” but non-binding “agreement” to reduce carbon emissions.

Thus, it’s disconcerting, but not at all hard to believe, that these ignorant, gullible children disguised as discerning adults wildly cheered the announcement of the aforementioned agreement as if an athlete on one of their favorite teams just delivered a last-second victory:

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November 30, 2015

As Paris Climate Talks Loom, AP’s Borenstein Goes Full-Bore Over ‘Trying to Save’ Earth

From time to time over the past nine years, I have written about “globaloney,” a shorthand term for the pseudo-science behind “climate change,” and “globalarmism” to describe the enviro-hysteria over “global warming” and the misguided public-policy prescriptions arising from that hysteria. Since the Paris climate talks have just begun, the press hysteria has reached a fever pitch.

At the Associated Press on Sunday, Seth Borenstein, swept up in that hysteria, wrote up a perfect example of “news” coverage embodying the essence of each term. We should be foreven grateful that longtime skeptic Christopher Monckton, at the Watts Up With That blog, picked Borenstein apart, utterly destroying the AP reporter’s work, piece by piece.

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November 9, 2015

MSNBC: 2.7-Degree Celsius Increase Equals 37 Degrees Farenheit

At the math-challenged mess known as MSNBC, the network’s “all new video experience” known as “Shift by MSNBC” tweeted a dire warning: “Latest UN report says humanity will warm the planet by 2.7˚C or roughly 37˚F.” Though not revealed in the tweet, this warming will allegedly occur by 2100.

If MSNBC’s conversion were true, it would of course mean that the earth as we know it is in dire straits. Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the ignoramuses at MSNBC, 2.7 degrees Celsius equates to roughly 4.9 degrees Fahrenheit — and even that estimate, based on the track record of computer models which have been predicting the arrival of catastrophic global warming, looks (excuse the expression) cooked.

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October 12, 2015

Syria: The Almost Invisible Carnage Continues; Obama Says This Shows How ‘Weak’ Putin and Russia Are (Update: And Climate Change Is More Important)

Desperate, delusional, or both:

Russia’s move into Syria is a sign of weakness, not strength, President Obama tells 60 Minutes

President Barack Obama: Well– Steve, I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership.

Related (as of June):

A human rights observer group says more than 320,000 people have been killed in the Syrian Civil War since 2011.

If this was happening while anyone other than Barack Obama was in the White House … oh, you know the rest.

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UPDATE: From the full transcript … words fail —

President Barack Obama: Well Steve, I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership. My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change, an international accord that potentially we’ll get in Paris.

October 7, 2015

Press Ignoring Unsettling News For Global Warming’s True Believers

On Saturday, conservative Australian columnist Miranda Devine revealed that an Australian engineer claims to have “fixed two errors” in “the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.”

The person making this claim was a “climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office,” and has “six degrees in applied mathematics.” What he found is that “the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.” While some U.S. blogs have begun to relay the news (examples here, here and here), the nation’s establishment press is ignoring it.

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September 24, 2015

Veteran AP Reporter Promotes Absurd ‘Laissez Faire Regulation’ Myth

The competition for the most annoying aspect of establishment press business reporting is fierce. One which immediately identifies a reporter as hopelessly biased and ignorant is any reference to “laissez faire” as a condition allegedly present in any modern economy anywhere on earth.

“Laissez faire” is an economic concept involving “an economic system in which transactions between private parties are free from government interference such as regulations, privileges, tariffs, and subsidies.” There are no true “laissez faire” economies of any meaningful size, because they are all regulated to some extent. As we will see shortly, some in the press even employ the obviously absurd term “laissez faire regulation.”

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September 22, 2015

At AP, Global Warming ‘Deniers’ and ‘Skeptics’ Are Now ‘Doubters’

In what appears to be a mixed result in the quest for clarity, the Associated Press has announced that its reporters and those who wish to adhere to its Stylebook guidelines will henceforth refer to those who don’t worship at the altar of the global warming/climate change absolutists “doubters” instead of “deniers” and “skeptics.”

The specific change reads as follows: “To describe those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces, use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science. Avoid use of skeptics or deniers.”

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September 14, 2015

LA Times, AP Ignore Dems’ Economic Revolt Against Environmental Zealots in California

You wouldn’t know it from reading the national coverage by the Associated Press or stories at the Los Angeles Times, but California Governor Jerry Brown and his fellow far-left Democratic Party environmentalists suffered significant setbacks last week.

The Times editorial board accused “a new crop of moderate Democratic legislators” of succumbing to “oil industry propaganda.” What really happened is that enough Democrats to make a difference looked at the impact of Brown’s pet pieces of legislation on the state’s economy and job market and said, “No mas.”

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August 26, 2015

AP Drags Bush 43 Into Coverage of IG’s Report on Solyndra

Almost four years ago, solar energy manufacturer Solyndra filed for bankruptcy, leaving the federal government with a loan guarantee-related loss of up to $535 million.

The Energy Department’s inspector general released a report on the debacle today. At the Associated Press, reporter Kevin Freking made sure readers knew that the loan guarantee program began under President George W. Bush, but somehow “forgot” to note, as the Weekly Standard did at the time, that the Energy Department under Bush made a “unanimous decision to shelve Solyndra’s application two weeks before Obama took office.”

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