Hurricanes

By Laura Flint | June 5, 2014 | 12:35 PM EDT

According to CNN, “gender bias might actually kill you.” A new study released by the National Academy claims that “feminine-named hurricanes (vs. masculine-named hurricanes) cause significantly more deaths, apparently because they lead to a lower perceived risk and consequently less preparedness.” The liberal media was thrilled to find this supposed scientific proof of sexism.

Ed Yong of the National Geographic found that the study lacked credibility. While it looked at the death tolls of hurricanes dating back to the 1950's, when hurricanes only had female names, male names weren’t introduced (due to cries of sexism of course) until 1979. Meanwhile, Yong writes,  “hurricanes have also, on average, been getting less deadly over time.” Yong’s source, scientist Jeff Lazo, claims that the correlation may just be a statistical fluke, and “it could be that more people die in female-named hurricanes, simply because more people died in hurricanes on average before they started getting male names.”

By Kyle Drennen | May 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM EDT

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who routinely hypes forecasts declaring climate change an imminent threat to humanity, made a rather stunning admission on Thursday night's broadcast while touting the 2014 predictions from the National Hurricane Center: "Overall, they're predicting eight to thirteen so-called named storms....One or two hurricanes, they predict, will be major, meaning category three or above. But, as you know, it is always the case in the inexact business of any forecast beyond five days, we shall see." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 20, 2014 | 8:20 PM EDT

NBC Nightly News is at it again, trying to scare its audience about the impending dangers of climate change. Following two reports in early May, the Tuesday, May 20 Nightly News hyped how there’s “a new warning about some iconic American treasures including the threat to Lady Liberty herself.”

Fill-in host Lester Host introduced the segment by declaring that our “American treasures... might one day be something we read about in history books rather than places we visit.” [See video below.] 

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 5, 2014 | 9:11 AM EDT

Once again, NBC was out to scare its viewers about the threat of man-made climate change. Appearing on the Sunday, May 4 NBC Nightly News, Ann Curry narrated a 2 minute 30 second piece that attempted to instill panic in its viewers about the supposed dire state of the world’s climate. 

Curry began her report by showing video of cars falling off of a street in Baltimore, Maryland after a heavy rainstorm before bemoaning that this “is one example of extreme weather events that may be more common in the future.” [See video below.] 

By Amy Ridenour | January 3, 2014 | 8:31 PM EST

MSNBC's Chris Hayes is not happy that skeptics of the catastrophic anthroprogenic global warming (CAGW) theory, in particular, Matt Drudge, have been pointing out that in this age of global warming, it often seems very cold.

As the Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering explained today (link includes video of Hayes):

By Sean Long | December 16, 2013 | 3:57 PM EST

Print, broadcast or web, the media sure aren’t Nostradamus. In spite of their best attempts, the news media have gotten it wrong prediction after prediction on a wide range of business and economic issues in 2013.

Just in the past year, reporters warned of “economic doomsday,” thought Healthcare.gov was going to be “easy” just like Amazon.com, and warned of melting polar ice, even as a new record was set for ice mass.

By Noel Sheppard | December 11, 2013 | 12:35 AM EST

For years, climate alarmists have dishonestly accused global warming skeptics of taking money from Big Oil to do their bidding.

On CNN’s 11th Hour Tuesday, when Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune made such a claim, Climate Depot’s Marc Morano marvelously fired back, “The Sierra Club took 26 million from natural gas and Michael has the audacity to try to imply that skeptics are fossil fuel funded” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Kristine Marsh | December 4, 2013 | 12:05 PM EST

Hurricane season ended Nov. 30, with an all time-low for hurricanes.  The weak outcome didn’t fit the environmental disaster narrative the media had concocted leading up to hurricane season. ABC, NBC and CBS devoted broadcasts to scaring viewers with news of “devastating tornadoes, searing heat waves, withering droughts” and “powerful hurricanes.” But they became strangely silent once the season finished … and next to nothing had happened.

Reporters gobbled up the news when the NOAA predicted “more and stronger hurricanes” this season. In May, forecasters predicted seven to 11 Atlantic hurricanes, but the area only saw two storms become hurricanes. In fact, there were no hurricanes until September 11 this year, almost beating the 2002 record for the latest start to the hurricane season on record.

By Brad Wilmouth | October 30, 2013 | 6:58 PM EDT

On Tuesday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank joined host Al Sharpton in lambasting Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Tom Coburn for attending a fund-raiser in New York City the day before the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Sharpton griped:

By Sean Long | October 30, 2013 | 3:09 PM EDT

While climate alarmists and the media continue to link everything, including storms like Hurricane Sandy, to climate change, one scientist recently admitted to HuffPost Live that accuracy of forecasts is deteriorating.

Jane Long, Berkeley researcher and associate director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, cast doubt on climate change forecasts in an Oct. 29 HuffPost Live segment.

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By Kristine Marsh | October 29, 2013 | 4:41 PM EDT

During the 2008 banking crisis, then-Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel famously said, “Never allow a crisis to go to waste.” The broadcast networks certainly followed his advice when reporting on Hurricane Sandy since the storm became a hurricane one year ago, hitting the New Jersey coast on Oct. 29.

Network reporters and experts have repeatedly claimed that the storm was either caused or worsened because of climate change. In fact, 100 percent of the 32 news stories and briefs in the past year that mentioned climate change and Hurricane Sandy claimed global warming directly impacted the storm – even though “no single weather event can be linked directly to a long-term driver, such as global warming,” according to climate change activists.

By Sean Long | October 29, 2013 | 2:10 PM EDT

Striking the Northeast on Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy tragically devastated communities causing an estimated $50 billion in damages. By the end of January 2013, a relief bill was passed for Sandy aid, after the bill was delayed because of wasteful spending.

House Republicans opposed a pork-ridden $60 billion Senate bill ($10 billion higher than damage estimates) and chose not to vote on it. Politicians, including some Republicans, and the media criticized them for delaying this legislation. A $51 billion bill was passed by both houses of Congress by the end of January, after a $9.7 billion flood insurance bill passed in early January.