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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics re #Climate financing in @WashTimes

August 12th, 2015 · No Comments

When it comes to the use (and, more appropriately, misuse) of analysis, perhaps the most powerful phrase is “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damn lies, and statistics“. a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments Today’s Washington Times provides an excellent example of this (ab)use of […]

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Tags: business practice · climate change · global warming deniers · journalism · media

Fox Affiliate Anchors Quit On Air due to political interference in their reporting: w/a climate science denial angle

November 25th, 2012 · No Comments

Bangor’s longest running news team — on a combination ABC and FOX affiliate — quit their jobs to the surprise of colleagues and viewers. Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio have been anchors at ABC affiliate WVII and Fox affiliate WFVX in Bangor for six years, but claimed that the owners and managers had been increasingly […]

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Tags: climate zombies · global warming deniers · journalism

A Tale of Two Articles

November 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Two recent major Washington Post articles about urban planning and preparing for ‘Sandy-like’ events provided radically different views of the 21st century. While both 4 November’s “In a perfect storm” (Metro front page) and 5 November’s “In coast communities” (front page) highlighted the challenges for urban planners and politicians in expending (quite significant) resources to reduce […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming · journalism · unpublished letters · Washington Post

PBS News Hour’s public service: demonstrating the shallowness of mainstream modern American journalism

September 17th, 2012 · No Comments

In a year with seeming unending demonstrations of mounting climate disruption and increasingly on-target science-based reporting on climate change, this PBS News Hour chose to present to the public a shallow ‘he-said, she-said’ report giving visibility to one of the blogosphere’s most prominent anti-science syndrome sufferers without providing the casual viewer any context for understanding […]

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Tags: climate delayers · journalism

“Weather Gone Wild”: Weather Channel soft porn? No, thoughtful National Geographic article …

August 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Have to say that “Weather Gone Wild” sounds all too close to tasteless (and discomfitting) late-night advertising during repeats of old B movies on obscure cable channels (happily not seen for a long time).  This could easily be the title for much of The Weather Channel’s programming.  In fact, this is the cover story and […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · Global Warming · journalism · science

Will-ful double standards on statistics — and the Village’s tolerance of it

July 9th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Washington Post group writer George Will stands out in multiple ways.  In terms of his writing, two arenas seem to rouse his greatest passion: baseball and global warming science denial. These two passions are highly interlocked, not because baseball players will have to deal with ever hotter summers in the future nor the debate about […]

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Tags: global warming deniers · journalism

Calling on (out) Arianna

April 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This is a full reposting, at request, of a post by insightful science writer Shawn Lawrence Otto.   The problems of questionable publishing on science issues is far (sadly) from limited to the mediocre post re the Denialist 49’s letter to NASA. There was, for example, Harold Ambler’s post re Vice President Gore which led Arianna […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · climate zombies · Global Warming · global warming deniers · journalism

AOL’s utterly misleading title re gasoline prices impact on auto buyers

April 10th, 2012 · No Comments

AOL Auto News popped into my inbox and their first story headline had me clicking to read the full piece. The title in question: Car Buyers Won’t Change Habits Until Gas Hits $6.51 A Gallon Rising gas prices are changing consumers habits, but not the way you may think Pretty dramatic news,that gas prices would […]

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Tags: automobiles · Energy · energy efficiency · gasoline · journalism · truthiness

The Rotting Away of a Hero: Andrew Revkin on Peter Gleick

March 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

For those entranced with the written word and learning, a truly painful life event is seeing the intellectual and ethical withering of someone whose work once had great meaning and merited true respect.  New York Times / Dot Earth journalist Andrew Revkin stands as  one of the more important and notable environmental journalists over the past several decades.  Revkin’s books […]

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Tags: journalism

Cherry Blossoms: Another Global Warming Canary …

March 15th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Amid all the screaming signs about Global Warming’s increasingly serious impact on the world around us and on human civilizations future prospects, the ‘luxury’ symbolic canaries in the coal mine always create mixed emotions.  Global Warming’s threat to  skiing (and declining viable Winter Olympics locations), and to wine making and bourbon and beer and chocolate  and  maple syrup and […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · journalism · science · Washington Post