Dan Gainor Discusses a Year of 'Superstorm' Sandy Coverage with Stuart Varney

"In the year after the devastation, what we've seen is that every single time in the stories when they're talking about Sandy and either global warming or climate change, they're linking the two," Dan Gainor, MRC VP for Business and Culture, said on Fox Business' "Varney & Co." on Oct. 28.

Gainor was on "Varney & Co." to discuss how many times the media linked hurricane Sandy to climate change during the past year, based on a recent study by the Media Research Center's Business and Media Institute.

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According to the study, 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.

When Stuart Varney asked Gainor if any alternative views had been presented in those 32 stories, Gainor replied "no. They didn't have anybody on, and only in two of those stories – which is six percent of the time –  did they even have the most casual mention of 'oh, maybe it's not global warming,' but that's the extent of it."

Gainor and Varney also discussed the recent statement by Paul Thornton, the letters editor for the Los Angeles Times, that said his paper will no longer be publishing letters to the editor that disagreed with the idea of man-made climate change. "Saying there's no sign humans have caused climate change is not stating an opinion, it's asserting a factual inaccuracy," according to the statement.

Gainor said this was "just more media censorship," adding that "at least their honest about it. They're honest that they're not going to let anybody have a counter opinion. All this climate change stuff is based on predictions, and the predictions thus far have been consistently wrong."

"They're expecting anywhere from one to three percent of world GDP to be spent on climate change fixes, and they're doing it based on guesswork," Gainor said. 

Mike Ciandella
Mike Ciandella
Mike Ciandella is a staff writer for the Media Research Center's Business & Media Institute.