Two liberal senators that claim news networks don’t cover climate change enough are pressuring them to do more, even as a winter deep freeze kept much of the country shivering. But as the Media Research Center and others have already found, much of the news media have spent years working hard to convince the public that climate change is a global threat.
According to National Journal, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, are gathering signatures on a letter that complained the media had not spent enough time covering the issue on the Sunday news shows. The letter complained about the “absurdly short amount of time” the issue received on those shows. The senators called for the networks to “correct this oversight.” (video after the break)
The narrow examination of Sunday shows is misleading, since the broadcast networks, national print outlets and many other news outlets consistently warn about the threat of global warming or climate change. Such stories also ignore opposing views, as the Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute and the bestselling author Christopher Horner have shown.
From hyperbolic claims about temperature rise, to a century of New York Times alarmism, here are just five examples from the MRC’s archive that prove the senators are wrong about the media’s bias on climate change:
Just as the Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute has monitored and exposed bias on climate change for years, Christopher Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has also been keeping track. His bestselling 2008 book, “Red Hot Lies,” exposed the chronic climate bias of ABC, NBC, and CBS, as well as print outlets like The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Horner told the Business and Media Institute that if the media want to dig deeper into the issue rather than continue to promote alarmism, there are three main questions they should try to answer:
1. Given that the president stopped giving that speech telling Americans to examine Spain if they want to see how the “clean energy economy” works -- by the way, why doesn’t he give that speech any more? -- where has it worked?
Please be specific. A country’s name will do. And, if you could go ahead and explain why the rest of the world hasn’t noticed the miracle, too, that would be great.
2. If we ignore the ever-expanding body of countervailing evidence (“reality”), accept everything you say, and impose your carbon tax and replicate Spain’s economy and all of those other great ideas: will the temperature be any different?
Are you aware that all of your climate models -- we call it a “consensus” -- say the temperature after cap-n-trade or a carbon tax would be whatever it would be without cap-n-trade, or a carbon tax? That nothing ever proposed would detectably impact climate, even accepting all of your assumptions, even the ones already proved wrong?
3. How many jobs are the right number to kill for no impact on climate? While I have you, same thing for, um, the right number of unnecessary deaths from energy poverty?