Marc Morano's ClimateDepot
and Anthony Watts' WUWT
blog sites have drawn attention to another last-gasp effort by supporters of the man-caused global warming crisis to say the science is settled among climatologists, but it's that darn news media that's responsible for the idiot general public not understanding the crisis. The graphic showing these alleged "skewed" polling numbers is here
at the oddly named SkepticalScience.com, which at least makes the effort to clarify its intentions with the subtitle, "getting skeptical about global warming skepticism".
I'll leave it to others to show what's wrong with the first part of the graphic about the scientific consensus. The supposed balance shown in the "Media Coverage" part of the graphic was especially intriguing to me, since my 7/29 American Thinker
article "The Left and Its Talking Points
" shows what I found in just one
news outlet's amazingly unbalanced coverage of IPCC scientists vs anything remotely skeptical.
To make its claim about fair media coverage, the graphic has a reference to a "Boykoff 2008" paper, strangely not made into a clickable link at the PDF version, unlike the support references for the other parts of the graphic. Quick internet searching of the name and some words from the sentence preceding it reveals it is Max Boykoff's, "Lost in Translation? United States Television News Coverage of Anthropogenic Climate Change, 1995-2004" seen here. (**6/1/11 author edit:
his page has been updated and the paper reference is gone, thus we now need to see the old reference at this internet archive page version
, it's the 3rd publication on his list.**)
Not surprisingly, Boykoff's paper takes swipe at skeptic Pat Michaels about alleged corrupt funding, which supposedly led Michaels "to downplay human’s role in climate change and confuse public understanding of anthropogenic climate change" What's Boykoff’s source? A 2006 ABC news report
which itself was citing of all people......................:
” ‘This coal industry disinformation campaign is a repeat of a similar campaign launched in the early 1990s by Western Fuels and other coal interests,’ said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ross Gelbspan.”
That would be the same Ross Gelbspan who is the central figure of my 7/6 American Thinker
article "Smearing Global Warming Skeptics
", who never won a Pulitzer and did not discover the so-called disinformation campaign he is so widely credited with.
I suppose one of my future projects ought to be to create a huge connections chart illustrating how many degrees of separation Ross Gelbspan has to any given defense of the man-caused global warming concept.
(Pt II continues here