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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August 9, 2015

Press Downplays EPA’s Responsibility for Colorado River Contamination

Filed under: Environment,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:10 am

On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committed an act which would have likely become instant national news if a private entity had done the same thing.

On Friday, John Merline at Investors’ Business Daily succinctly noted that the EPA “dumped a million gallons of mine waste into Animas River in Colorado, turning it into what looked like Tang, forcing the sheriff’s office to close the river to recreational users.” Oh, and it “also failed to warn officials in downstream New Mexico about the spill.” Yet here we are four days later, and the story has gotten very little visibility outside of center-right blogs and outlets. That’s largely explained by how the wire services have handled the story. After the jump, readers will see headlines and descriptions of the stories which have appeared thus far at the web site of the New York Times:

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July 25, 2015

Not News: Coal CEO Decries EPA’s ‘Political Power Grab of America’s Power Grid’

In a speech at a Republican Lincoln Day dinner in West Virginia earlier this week, Murray Energy Corp. founder and CEO Robert Murray decried the Obama administration’s determination to, as described at the financial news site SNL.com (to be clear, no relation to Saturday Night Live), “bypass the states and their utility commissions, the U.S. Congress and the Constitution in favor of putting the U.S. EPA in charge of the nation’s electric grid.”

In the establishment press, Murray’s speech was only covered in a single snarky paragraph by Darren Goode at the Politico titled “Don’t Hold Back Now” — obviously attempting to paint Murray as unreasonable and extreme — and a writeup at the Wheeling (WV) Intelligencer. After all, what does Murray know? He’s only the head of the largest company in an industry which is still responsible for fueling 39 percent of America’s electrical grid, and the majority of it in many states. Who would want to give him any visibility, as if he has anything valuable to say? Well, I do.

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July 21, 2015

Press Loved O’Malley’s ‘Climate Change Plan’ in June, Ignores His Linking It to the Rise of ISIS Now

In June, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley unveiled a “climate change plan.” The press loved it. Glowing articles appeared in many places, including the Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill and the Huffington Post, whose Kate Sheppard wrote that the former Maryland Governor had “Just Set An Extremely High Bar … For 2016 Democratic Contenders.”

Well, if they’re so wired into climate change, why are they ignoring O’Malley’s claim yesterday, in an interview with Bloomberg News, that climate change, aka the sanitized term for global warming, is largely responsibe for the rise of ISIS? Answer: Embarrassing comments by leftists are ignored until a Republican or conservative criticizes them. Then the story can be admitted into the news as a “so-and-so attacks” item.

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July 9, 2015

Cholesterol: The Dietary Analog to Globaloney

For six decades, dietiticians and doctors have insisted cholesterol is bad for you.

It’s not, and there have been consequences:

… why did carbohydrate consumption start to increase so rapidly in the 1960s? At least partly because of the advice to avoid meat and cheese. Obesity and diabetes are the price we have paid for getting fat and cholesterol so wrong.

How about a full, drains-up inquiry into how the medical and scientific profession made such an epic blunder and caused so much misery to people? Consider not just the damage that was done to people’s lives by faulty advice, but to the livelihoods of dairy and beef farmers and egg producers.

Over at Barrel Strength (HT American Digest via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit), there is an excellent comparison to “globaloney,” the ridiculous proposition that humans are primarily responsible for warming the planet (which hasn’t been warming for 18 years) and that only radical changes in how everyone lives directed and controlled by a centralized worldwide entity can save us:

RIP: The great cholesterol scam (1955 – 2015)

… The cholesterol scam bears a strong relationship to the anthropogenic global warming scam.

1) it is propagated by scientists on a non-scientific mission.

2) it is believed because it plausibly explains an observation (increasing global temperature [for a time], increasing heart attacks from smoking in the 1950s and 60s). It taps into large anxieties about too much wealth, too much happiness, in western societies. There must be sin somewhere, and the public is ready to flog itself in the cause of a secularized idea of God, uh, I mean Good.

3) the causal relationship is weaker than first supposed; the research is found to be sloppy, the facts have been fudged, subsequent studies do not fully support the original claims, nevertheless the orthodoxy is promulgated all the more harshly for being doubted.

4) by now, powerful economic and ideological interests have taken hold. They supply an ongoing source of funds and opinion to ensure the perpetuation of the alarm: in the case of cholesterol, the margarine industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the medical establishment, and in the case of AGW, the tribe of bureaucrats and leftists who seek to control markets, whose god of Marxism had failed, and who needed a new god (Gaia) to justify their rule.

5) The skeptics who have patiently argued on the basis of facts that the science of each phenomenon was weak, are ostracized by the opinion establishments of medicine and global warming. Cranks, but the cranks are right and the orthodox priests and Levites are wrong.

6) Eventually, after fifty or sixty years, the subject of discussion just changes. In the case of cholesterol, the evidence gets weaker and weaker, and the problems caused by too much sugar consumption (obesity, diabetes), caused in part by people not eating enough fats and meats, reaches a stage where it can no longer be ignored.

7) the retreat of the orthodoxy is covered by a smokescreen of fresh concerns for some other catastrophe. No admissions of error or apologies for wrecked careers and following bad science are ever issued. Time flows on, bringing neither knowledge nor greater understanding of the role of folly in human affairs.

8) stages 6 and 7 have been reached in the cholesterol cycle; they are beginning in the anthropogenic global warming scam. Fifty years from now, there will still be clanking windmills in the North Sea, but whether they will be still linked to a power grid is less likely, and whether anyone will pay attention is doubtful. The lobbies that keep them there, however, will still exist.

The unfortunate difference is that “globaloney” has a vast array of statists and complicit media apparatchiks behind it, meaning that their chances of prevailing in their draconian policy prescriptions are much higher. It will be tougher to discredit, and even tougher to get an admission of error from anyone who has been in on the scam.

June 27, 2015

Press Ignores Sheldon Whitehouse’s Call For DOJ to Sue ‘Vast’ Global Warming ‘Denial Apparatus”

While the press looks to twist even the most innocuous statements made by Republicans and conservatives into something scandalous or outrageous (e.g., Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women“), they routinely ignore intemperate remarks by leftist politicians and activists. If known, they would likely damage the credibility and public perception of those making such statements. Of course, the left-dominated media can’t abide by that. So they censor it.

One recent example involves Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Despite the unexplained and unexpected 18-year pause in global warming, the senator is convinced that the world as we know it will end without draconian measures to reduce carbon pollution and keep the earth from turning into a ball of fire. One of the strategies on his wish list is suing climate skeptics into poverty and silence.

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June 25, 2015

EPA Chief: Climate Skeptics Are Not ‘Normal People’; Press Snoozes

Though such instances are quite rare, especially from conservative and Republican office-holding politicians and bureaucrats, we’ve been told time and again by the left that it’s people on the right who demonize and dehumanize their opponents.

Well, I don’t recall George W. Bush, anyone in his administration, or any Republican congressman or senator serving at the time of his tax cuts or during the Iraq War characterizing their political opposition as not being “normal people.” (Considering the out-of-control conduct of and statements made by many opponents, the temptation to do so must have been nearly overwhelming.) Readers can be sure that if they had, outfits like the Hill and the Assocated Press would have reported it. So why did those two news organizations ignore what they heard from EPA head Gina McCarthy at a White House climate change summit earlier this week?

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June 7, 2015

Houston Chronicle’s Chris Tomlinson Pushes Strawman Argument: Fracking Industry Wants ‘No Regulation’

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft report on Thursday declaring that, in his own words, “The government has no public safety justification to ban” hyrdraulic fracturing, or fracking, Houston Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson falsely claimed that the industry believes it “needs no regulation.”

Tomlinson formerly toiled at the Associated Press, and it shows. One of his low points there was hypocritically taking James O’Keefe to task for “editing” his videos, even though the Project Veritas founder routinely posts accompanying raw footage, something those in the far more heavily-edited mainstream press where Tomlinson works rarely do. In the current instance, he accused the American Petroleum Institute of making an argument that anyone who read the first sentence of its press release would know it didn’t make.

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May 31, 2015

AP’s Borenstein Notes No Hurricanes for 9 Years; Didn’t Global Warming Alarmists Say There’d Be More?

In a report on the relative infrequency of hurricanes in the U.S. during the past decade nationwide, and many decades in certain coastal areas, the Associated Press’s Seth Borenstein detected a problem.

The problem is that those who contend that human-caused global warming is ruining our planet believe that hurricane frequency should be increasing, but it’s not. So Borenstein tried to cover his tracks (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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May 10, 2015

WashPost Columnist: People Who Give Flowers ‘Are Terrible For Mother Earth’

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:37 pm

On Thursday, Jennifer Grayson, who fancies herself as an “environmental journalist,” exposed herself as a truly annoying scold.

Grayson wrote in a Washington Post column that those of us who show our appreciation for others by giving them flowers as part of our overall enjoyment of life are really showing that we are either ignorant of or don’t “care about Mother Earth.” Grayson concocts her case by demonstrating that basic math must not be a prerequisite for becoming an “environmental journalist.”

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April 12, 2015

USA Today Columnist: With Air 62 Pct. Cleaner, Look at Obama As Cause For Malia’s Asthma

A Wednesday “Good Morning America” piece gave President Barack Obama an open mic to claim that, in ABC’s words, “climate change became a personal issue for him when his older daughter Malia, now 16, was rushed to the emergency room with an asthma attack when she was just a toddler.”

Somehow, ABC managed to avoid another possible contributor — besides the obvious possibility that Malia developed asthma independent of external influences — namely the President’s 30-year smoking habit. He is said to have quit once and for all in 2011. USA Today columnist James S. Robbins wasn’t impressed with the President’s “reasoning,” and with good cause, as he articulated in a Thursday evening column. He even managed to get a “there’s been no warming for a long time” past USA Today’s editors (links are in original; bolds are mine):

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March 30, 2015

WashPost’s Kessler Falls For, Then Corrects, 1988 Climate Hearing Mythology

At the Washington Post on March 18, fact-checker Glenn Kessler gave Secretary of State John Kerry “four Pinocchios” for his resume-puffing “whopper” that he helped organize “the first hearings in the Senate” on global warming in 1988.

In the process, Kessler inadvertently perpetuated a related myth and got called out for it. He admirably corrected himself this morning. Additionally, while assigning four Pinocchios for himself, he dished out four Pinocchios to “all concerned.” That’s a long list, as will be seen after the jump.

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March 28, 2015

More PC From AP’s Stylebook: ‘Climate Change’ Now Equals ‘Global Warming’

This is what happens when you have a 17-year “pause” in supposedly human-caused “global warming” and need to maintain appearances.

The Associated Press’s Stylebook has now given journalists who pay attention to its guidelines permission to use the term “climate change” when they would previously have felt it necessary to call it “global warming.” The agenda-driving clue is seen in the wire service’s laughable explanation for the change (HT Twitchy):

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March 20, 2015

Dennis Miller ‘Putin on the Ritz’ With O’Reilly, Also Takes on Starbucks and Al Gore

On Thursday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, Dennis Miller put in an uproariously funny but also insightful appearance.

On the more serious side, Miller and O’Reilly also discussed former Vice President Al Gore’s expressed preference for punishing those who dare to question the conventional wisdom on “climate change.” Someone needs to mention Gore’s disturbing posture, as the Associated Press and the New York Times are acting as if Gore hasn’t uttered a single threatening word. A March 16 full-length feature on Gore and his (cough, cough) “New Optimism” at the Times “somehow” missed his March 13 statement that “We need to put a price on denial in politics.” They apparently realize that wannabe tyrants make progress towards their goals the less sunlight there is.

The O’Reilly-Miller video and highlights follow the jump (HT Real Clear Politics):

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January 27, 2015

Al Gore, Felipe Calderon Want to Spend $90 Trillion to Save the Earth

Ever since the publication “Earth in the Balance” in 1992, we’ve seen the press minimize the public’s exposure to the more outrageous ideas and quotes emanating from former Vice President Al Gore.

Concerning that original book, Gore’s statement that “The internal combustion engine is the greatest enemy of mankind” and his contention that it could and be eliminated in 25 years are hardly known by anyone besides his fevered supporters and attentive opponents. Apparently wishing to rush his timetable for taking everyone out of their cars, Gore, in an idea barely noticed even in the business press, proposed spending $90 trillion — that’s right, trillion — for such an enterprise. After the jump, readers will see how he wants to do it.
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