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Sunday, June 08, 2014

How’s the Weather? Science Reporting for Ignorant Slobs



Propaganda: information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

Why do so many Americans reject scientific claims about the man-made effects leading to global climate change? Probably because they’re mostly ill-informed simpletons who believe everything they see on what is the worst excuse for news in our history, otherwise known as Fox News. It turns out that when it comes to this issue just 28% of Fox's coverage was accurate in 2013. Take a look at the language Fox unleashes in its relentless propaganda war against science. Almost every paragraph discounts what scientists around the world are telling us and injects Fox News dogma. Here is how Fox informs the cretins who look there to educate themselves on climate change issues:

The report, though, quickly came under fire from Republicans, who said the administration would use it to push job-killing regulations

Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas standards they argue will harm the nation's economy

The first rule of climate policy should be: do no harm to economic growth.

…an economy impoverished by mindless micro-management from Washington simply won’t be able to generate the tax dollars to foot the bill.

And Fox always gets in the last word:

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "Definitive policy decisions and regional planning based on far too many uncertainties could hurt our nation's economic viability and competitiveness. Look no further than the European nations whose policy decisions led to economic failure." 

They have even coined a word to describe the horrors of actually allowing our democratically-elected leaders to address the area of climate change: “the climatocracy.” Everyone who watches Fox knows that bureaucracy (any publicly-administered agency) is worse than Hitler because it limits the power of the private sector and any time we hinder private industry we do so at our great peril.

The thing is, I’m not cherry-picking these moronic outbursts at Fox News, this is their editorial policy. I didn’t lift these quotes from op-ed columns. Fox News is almost entirely opinion which is something that few Americans seem to realize. A lot of people don’t know the difference between news and editorial. There is almost no reporting at Fox; they simply have “experts” opining on the right-wing talking points of the day, talking points they control at every step of the process.  No matter how silly the made-up controversy conservatives screech about, liberals always feel obliged to respond to the fake outrage which allows the Right to control the dialogue.

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