It's Not News Unless It's Reported By a Mainstream Journalist
First, the following article was written by my co-blogger, Jon Jay Ray. He gets all credit, I just thought it fit in at Newsbusters.
The Leftist "Media Matters" is scandalized because Fox News reported an anti-Greenie story that was originally put on the net via a blog rather than by one of the mainstream news organizations. Fox was reporting — HORROR — that a group of 400 scientists have rejected the "consensus" view that the world is warming up. The scientific "consensus" on global warming has unravelled and we can't have that!
How pathetic they are. They couldn't question the truth of the story — because it is true. The only thing to criticize that they could find was who reported the event. We must bow down to the Leftist media and let them tell us what to think, apparently. We are naughty children from whom some information must be kept hidden. They are in for a lot of disappointment from now on, I would say.
The blog concerned was run by the GOP side of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee — which makes the squawk from Media Matters all the more absurd. How did putting the info on a blog differ from putting out a press release? I suppose the difference is that the media have the chance to ignore a press release. An important difference to be sure.
The Greenie site called "Grist" is also in mourning. Excerpt:
"One final (depressing) note: How effective is Inhofe's media outreach compared to that of the entire community of climate scientists? Well, according to technorati (PDF), as of today, Dec. 21, the IPCC Synthesis report has had 278 blog reactions since its release November 17, whereas Inhofe's "report," issued just yesterday (Thursday), has already had over 300 blog reactions."
Grist was also sad that the NYT ran the "consensus-shattering" news — a sort of "betrayed by our own" feeling, apparently.
The only substantial point in the Grist article was what we have come to expect of the Green/Left — attempts to discredit the personalities concerned. They said that some of the scientists were not "prominent" enough — even though some of them were very prominent indeed.
That the Grist post was a "watermelon" (Green on the outside, red on the inside) effort was shown by its footnote: This post was created for ClimateProgress.org, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund
Another typically abusive Leftist response here
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