Sunday, August 28, 2011

How "Predictable" Finding Media Bias on Climate Change Where None Exists

John J. Miller posted the following on The Corner, a conservative blog hosted by The National Review.

"Wait for it… Wait for it… Yes! Thank you New York Times:

The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?"

Did Miller read the whole story? If he did, Miller should have picked up on this excerpt from Justin Gillis' story:

"While the number of the most intense stor has clearly been rising since the 1970s, researchers have come to differing conclusions about whether that increase can be attributed to human activities."

OMG. The scientists have sharply different opinions and even more astonishing, The New York Times piece acknowledges there are some differing opinions. And then Gillis even quotes a respectable scientist (he is described as "a federal researcher at the government’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J.") who doesn't think Irene and the increase in storms can be attributed to climate change:

Who would have thunk it?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lamestream Media Bias

I couldn't believe I was hearing this on CNN the other day but nope. The transcripts don't lie:

BLITZER: All right, Joe Johns, thanks very much.

And Piers Morgan is joining us now from lovely San Diego Piers, thanks very much for coming in.

PIERS MORGAN, HOST, CNN'S "PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT": Well, my pleasure. Well, I'm here interviewing Jon Huntsman, the presidential candidate. So getting a bit of San Diego sun, and it's - it's (INAUDIBLE) out with Ms. O'Donnell, too, I hear.

BLITZER: Well, let's talk a little bit about your interview. She walked off, as everyone on earth, I think, by now probably knows. She walked off at the - from your set.

She says - and she was on the "Today" show this morning - she says you're creepy. What do you say?

That's right. Pierce Morgan told Wolf Blitzer he was interviewing Jon Huntsman, one of the candidates vying to be the Republicans' standard-bearer in 2012. Huntsman is no flake. He was a former two-term governor (admittedly of a small, largely homogenous state, Utah) and until recently, the US ambassador to China. One naturally would assume that Wolf Blitzer would ask Pierce Morgan a couple of questions about the downgrade, the stock market fluctuations, a "grand bargain ont he defcit, the most recent flare up near the Gaza Strip, and the most recent developments in Libya.

To his discredit, Blitzer completely ignored what Pierce Morgan had to say about Huntsman and decided to devote his time to the antics of an unsuccessful senatorial candidate whose claim to fame lies in her her denial of "being a witch." Christine O'Donnell wrote (or some ghost writer) wrote a book about her unsuccessful campaign for the senate and then feigns surprise and walks of the interview when she is asked questions relating to topics she put forth in her book. Who cares? She didn't win. She has nothing to say that is consequential.

All this did was provide was a sales pitch for Pierce Morgan and a some free publicity for Christine O'Donnell's book. In the meantime Wolf Blitzer missed out on an opportunity to see where the conservatives were on that matter.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Disillusionment: Greenberg's Take

In earlier periods, confidence in the economy and rising personal incomes put limits on voter discontent. Today, a dispiriting economy combined with a well-developed critique of government leaves government not just distrusted but illegitimate.

GOVERNMENT operates by the wrong values and rules, for the wrong people and purposes, the Americans I’ve surveyed believe. Government rushes to help the irresponsible and does little for the responsible. Wall Street lobbyists govern, not Main Street voters. Vexingly, this promotes both national and middle-class decline yet cannot be moved by conventional democratic politics. Lost jobs, soaring spending and crippling debt make America ever weaker, unable to meet its basic obligations to educate and protect its citizens. Yet politicians take care of themselves and party interests, while government grows remote and unresponsive, leaving people feeling powerless. - Stanley B. Greenberg in The New York Times

In other words, most people like what the government can do to help them in theory. They just don't believe it will do so.

NY Times Reads for the Day

"Democratic lawmakers worry that the Tea Party freshmen have already “neutered” the president, as one told me. They fret that Obama is an inept negotiator. They worry that he should have been out in the country selling a concrete plan, rather than once more kowtowing to Republicans and, as with the stimulus plan, health care and Libya, leading from behind. ...

... Consider what the towel-snapping Tea Party crazies have already accomplished. They’ve changed the entire discussion. They’ve neutralized the White House. They’ve whipped their leadership into submission. They’ve taken taxes and revenues off the table. They’ve withered the stock and bond markets. They’ve made journalists speak to them as though they’re John Calhoun and Alexander Hamilton.

Obama and John Boehner have been completely outplayed by the “hobbits,” as The Wall Street Journal and John McCain called them.
What if this is all a cruel joke on us? What if the people who hate government are good at it and the people who love government are bad at it?"
- Maureen Dowd in The New York Times

Maureen Dowd's is a must-read.

"Where have all the adults in this party gone? Where is Dick Lugar, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Colin Powell, Hank Paulson and Big Business? Are you telling me that they are ready to fall in line behind Michele Bachmann, Grover Norquist, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin? Are these really the pacesetters of modern conservatism?" - Thomas Friedman in The New York Times

Those were the days.