Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Now we know...

This article really begins to explain why so many people who lack the time or courage or mental fortitude to research, discuss, and pick sides on issues avidly believe in anthropogenic global warming:

MRC analysts examined all 115 news stories that dealt with global warming from January 1 through April 15 on NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s The Early Show. These morning news programs had a combined audience of more than 13 million during the first three months of 2007. Unlike the networks’ evening newscasts, the two- and three-hour morning shows have longer segments that should (in theory) make it easier to include multiple points of view on controversial topics. But MRC’s analysts found just four stories out of 115 (just over 3%) contained any mention of dissent from Gore’s approach to global warming — and even those stories were heavily stacked in favor of his "climate crisis" position.
They even include a handy pie graph to help you visualize those numbers:

With a majority of Americans getting their news and current events from the surveyed networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) its no wonder that the average Joe American is fully convinced that global warming is real and its our fault. As if the sheer number of reports wasn't enough, the actual tone of the reports themselves is shrill enough to break window glass. Some quotes:
  • Will Billions Die from Global Warming?
  • "Do people here know that very likely in the next several decades all of this is going to be under water?".
  • "I was running in the park on Saturday, in shorts, thinking this is great, but are we all gonna die?"
  • "[This is a] controversy over...what literally could be the end of the world as we know it."
  • "Most mainstream scientists agree global warming is happening, and humans are the cause.
It really cracks me up to visualize these poor reporters losing sleep, wondering just when they're going to wake up and the ocean is going to engulf LA and New York (the only places that matter, you know). Doesn't that thought just brighten your day?

Oh, it gets better. Not only does the article point out how much the media loves to sensationalize and demand that we stop debating global warming, but also how they just can't get enough of Al Gore himself. They don't stop at the rah-rah stuff either. It gets into full-blown hallelujah religion, saving people from the evil capitalistic, CO2 producing Republicans. Which, of course, makes sense -- only religion eschews debate in favor of immediate action, regardless of evidence. Some other quotes (and I'm not making this up):
  • "[Richard Branson and Al Gore]: teaming up to save the planet."
  • Is Al Gore a prophet?
  • [Al Gore] is an environmental evangelist...now considered ahead of his time"
I mean you literally can not make that up. Heck, if I had known they were showing this stuff with a serious face on TV I'd have tuned in. I think I would've shot milk and cereal out of my nose laughing so hard.

Can you imagine the response if someone in the media hailed anyone on the right as a prophet? People would literally have fits. Just try it on for size -- Newt Gingrich? Ronald Reagan? Karl Rove? But Al Gore -- oh no! Al Gore is a prophet.