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CJR: Climate Reporting is Like Covering the Invasion of Poland

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Legendary journalist Edward R Murrow famously provided live reports of German tanks crossing the Polish Border. Columbia Journalism Review thinks journalists today should copy his example, and defy their editors when sending reports from the front lines of climate change.

Why Can’t We Call It An Emergency?

By Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope
JUNE 3, 2021

TV NEWSMAN BILL MOYERS likes to tell the story of how Edward R. Murrow, the pre-eminent US broadcast journalist of his time, insisted on covering what became Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939.  Murrow’s bosses at CBS News had other priorities; they ordered Murrow’s reporters to cover dance competitions in Hamburg, Paris, and London, explaining that Americans needed some happy news.  Murrow wouldn’t do it.  “It’ll probably get us fired,” he told his colleagues, but he sent his correspondents to the German-Polish border; they arrived just in time to witness Hitler’s tanks and troops roar into Poland.  Suddenly, Europe was at war.  And Americans heard about it because journalists at one of the nation’s most influential news outlets defied convention and did their jobs. 

Today, all of humanity is under attack, this time from an overheated planet — and too many newsrooms still are more inclined to cover today’s equivalent of dance competitions. The record heat waves and storms of 2020 confirmed what scientists have long predicted:  climate change is underway and threatens unparalleled catastrophe.  And because carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere for centuries, temperature rise and its effects are only getting started.  As one scientist said as wildfires turned San Francisco’s skies orange last September, “We’re going to look back in 10 years, certainly 20 … and say, ‘Wow, 2020 was a crazy year, but I miss it.’”

 A handful of major newspapers are paying attention.  But most news coverage, especially on television, continues to underplay the climate story, regarding it as too complicated, or disheartening, or controversial. Last month, we asked the world’s press to commit to treating climate change as the emergency that scientists say it is; their response was dispiriting.

This message is muted at best today, and the result is predictable.  In the United States, only 26 percent of the public is “alarmed” about climate change, according to opinion polls analyzed by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications (a member of the CCNow  consortium).  One reason why?  Less than a quarter of the public hear about climate change in the media at least once a month.

Read more: https://www.cjr.org/covering_climate_now/climate-emergency-statement.php

There is a reason news rooms don’t provide more coverage of the “climate crisis”. Most of the material which climate activists want newsrooms to print is not actually news.

“Glaciers to melt in 50 years” – does that get your heart racing? Glaciers melting next year would be far more interesting, but near term predictions carry significant risks. In 2019 Glacier National Park had to quietly remove their “Gone by 2020” signs, after the glaciers failed to melt on schedule.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes provides an excellent explanation of why climate news does not receive more attention;

Did anyone notice a few weeks ago, when a 1600 square mile iceberg broke off the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica? Of course not. Big icebergs happen from time to time, they don’t affect anyone’s life to any significant degree. It is not likely this iceberg will show up anywhere interesting. What happens in the Antarctic tends to stay in the Antarctic.

Events which actually affect people’s daily lives, like efforts to pressure city politicians to actually do some of that road maintenance they keep promising, are far more relevant and interesting.

Hayes did point out that people’s interest in climate change jumps when other events occur, like when a big wildfire somewhere which threatens people’s homes. Big fires are an opportunity for activist journalists to slip in a few climate messages, because a major disaster is an opportunity to make climate change seem relevant. But the interest in climate change rapidly fades away after the fire is contained.

There is one aspect of the climate crisis which is consistently newsworthy, which WUWT will continue to highlight: all the politicians who seek to take advantage of people’s fear of climate change, to pass their economy wrecking big government boondoggles, and the scientists who provide cover for the politicians with their evidence lite models.

A rise in taxes or government deficits this year is far more important to most people, than a load of empty hype about events which might happen 50 years from now. Who cares about some big iceberg, when your job security is at risk?

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Len Werner
June 4, 2021 6:16 pm

The modern equivalent of Edward R. Murrow that reports on the horrors of climate change is much more like Baghdad Bob.

Reply to  Len Werner
June 5, 2021 8:52 am

Read the latest entry from Cap Allon at Electroverse below, repeated here:

HISTORIC FROSTS AND FREEZES IMPACT FARMERS ACROSS THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE: UK VEGETABLES SUPPLIES “DESPERATELY LOW,” USDA CROP-RATING SYSTEM LABELLED “A JOKE”
June 5, 2021
Crops around the world are in serious trouble due to cold, not heat. This is the exact opposite of the very-scary predictions of global warming alarmists, and exactly as we correctly predicted in 2002.

Wait and see – it is still early in the grain-growing season – but early fruit crops are done – frozen out – including wine grapes in France and Germany. The start of the huge USA grain crop is bad.

When will the sheeple finally realize that they’ve been lied to about very-scary global warming, in a fifty-year deliberate leftist fraud? Maybe when they can’t get fruits and veggies for dinner, or a glass of plonk to wash it down…   or, perish the thought, a poor grain harvest tha limits the supply of beer and ale!!! For many, that will be “the end of life as we know it”.

Will we see a new popular uprising? Forget “Save the Planet” – screw that! Save the Chateauneuf-du Pape! Save the Amarone! Save the Rhone’s and the Rhine’s! Save the Harp, the Kilkenny and especially, save the Guinness! Save the Coors Banquet, the Bud Lite and the Miller High Life! Save the fruits and veggies, the breads and cakes and pastries, “Donnez lui le gateau, esti”!

Seriously good people, how long does it take before you wake up to the fact that you’ve been lied to since you were a child about very-scary global warming, caused by allegedly dangerous fossil fuels? You believed all that false nonsense because you were slackers at school, and so you were easily deceived by scoundrels who wanted to take away your money and your freedoms.

Time to wake up and take back your country, your freedom, your life!

Regards, Allan

More, for those who can and do read and think:

CLIMATE CHANGE, COVID-19, AND THE GREAT RESET
A Climate, Energy and Covid Primer for Politicians and Media
By Allan M.R. MacRae, Published May 8, 2021 UPDATE 1e
Download the WORD file
https://thsresearch.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/climate-change-covid-19-and-the-great-reset-update-1e-readonly.docx
 
Addenda:
 
MORE COLD EVENTS recorded by Cap Allon at https://electroverse.net/category/extreme-weather/
 
CENTRAL RUSSIA EXPERIENCES RECORD SPRING SNOW, AS CRIMEA SUFFERS EXCEPTIONALLY COLD APRIL
April 30, 2021  
Global warming’ continues to be demonized by the IPCC, the MSM, and those hokey pop-scientists, yet heat has only-ever proved beneficial for life on our planet — it’s the cold that gets us.
 
COLORADO BREAKS MULTIPLE COLD RECORDS + DENVER SUFFERS ITS SECOND-LONGEST SNOWFALL SEASON SINCE RECORDS BEGAN
May 12, 2021  
You’d forgive CO residents for thinking the climate was actually cooling!–But I’m sure they know better than to trust their own eyes and real-world observations — after all, it’s those ‘supercomputer-generated’ climate models that dictate reality, not natural variability, not the Sun… (sarc!).
 
EARLY-SEASON BLIZZARDS HIT AUSTRALIA + A POWERFUL POLAR OUTBREAK IN THE FORECAST
May 13, 2021  
In recent years, Australia’s climate has been changing — for the cooler and wetter. And early-season snows have become far more common. #GrandSolarMinimum
 
HISTORIC COLD SPREADS ACROSS THE U.S. BREAKING LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS FROM THE 1800S
May 13, 2021  
Plus, Europe looks set for more unprecedented lows and historic late-May snows. Bundle up. Spring 2021 is a no show.
With the official start of summer less than 40 days away, an unseasonably cold air mass is currently gripping large areas of the United States, dropping temperatures some 25 degrees F below seasonal averages.
As reported by CNN weather, these temperatures are more in line with what you should expect in mid-March, not mid-May.
 
U.S. HAS SET 17,450 NEW LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS THIS YEAR VS 13,886 HIGH + SINABUNG EXPLODES INTO THE STRATOSPHERE
May 17, 2021  
Furthermore, the U.S. ALL TIME records summary reveals that 223 new unprecedented, never-before-observed low temperature benchmarks have been busted this year, versus the solitary 1 for all-time record highs. This disparity between cold records and hot records has only been increasing in the month of May.
Told you so, 19 years ago…  Nailed it.
 
FIVE MAJOR DATASETS SHOW GLOBAL COOLING, AS CARBON BRIEF IS CAUGHT LYING TO THE PUBLIC
May 17, 2021  
Climate Change headlines are built around narratives, not facts. Most sheeple are easily fooled by illogically-linear charts and phony correlations.
The Global Lower Tropospheric Temperature Anomaly has cooled 0.64C in 14 months, from an anomaly of +0.59C in February 2020 to only -0.05C in April 2021.
 
RECORD BREAKING COLD BLASTS AUSTRALIA AND CANADA: “GLOBAL” COOLING 
May 20, 2021  
Arctic air continues to descend unusually-far south, while Antarctic air continues to ride anomalously-far north. The culprit is low solar activity, namely its weakening of the jet streams, and the upshot is COOLING across the lower-latitudes (where us humans reside).
Not since the year 1967 has Sydney experienced a colder streak in May.
In Kamloops and the Okanagan, British Columbia, record-breaking overnight lows for this date were logged.
 
DELHI, INDIA SUFFERS COLDEST MAY DAY IN 70 YEARS + EARTH HAS COOLED 0.8C SINCE 2016
May 20, 2021   
This COOLING trend is expected to accelerate over the coming months and years as the Sun continues its relative shutdown. Prepare for the Grand Solar Minimum.
 
RECORD COLD AND LATE-MAY SNOW SWEEPS THE WESTERN U.S. + COLD EUROPE + MORE MSM OBFUSCATION
May 21, 2021  
Accumulating late-May snow is pummeling the higher elevations of the Western United States — the latest inconvenient real-world observation to pour cold water on the hot mess that is AGW.
The picture is the same in Europe:
 
RARE AND HEAVY LATE-MAY SNOWFALL HITS KASHMIR, INDIA AND KAGHAN, PAKISTAN
May 25, 2021   
While northern Russia’s anomalous warmth is dominating the MSM headlines, the intense cold-blasts and unusually fierce snow-dumps currently ravaging vast portions of the planet are of far greater concern.
Over the weekend, twenty-one runners tackling a mountain ultramarathon in northwest China perished after freezing conditions hit the high-altitude race. Rescuers were only able to save 151 out of a total of 172 participants. 
 
VIOLENT LATE-SPRING SNOWSTORM BLASTS SCOTLAND, BURIES THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS
May 25, 2021  
Scots are suffering a rare late-spring Arctic blast this week as an unusual chill continues to engulf the majority of the European continent.
 
GREENLAND JUST GAINED A RECORD-SMASHING AMOUNT OF SNOW AND ICE
May 26, 2021   
According to climate alarmists, Greenland should have melted into oblivion by now. Yet here we are, posting unprecedented GAINS:
 
NEW ZEALAND SUFFERS ALL-TIME RECORD COLD, AS GREENLAND SNOW & ICE GAINS HEAD OFF THE CHARTS [LITERALLY]
May 27, 2021  
Every key data point now indicates a cooling planet. How long will it be before the likes of the IPCC and their MSM lapdogs report on the facts?
 
MONTHLY LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS FALL IN VANUATU, AS LATE-SEASON SNOW AND UNPRECEDENTED COLD SWEEP TORONTO, CANADA
May 29, 2021  
Plus: ‘Surprising Arctic Sea Ice Thickness is Good News for Polar Bears.’
 
NEW YORK CITY TIES 1884 RECORD FOR LOWEST-MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE THIS LATE IN THE SEASON
May 31, 2021  
Well below-average and record-breaking temperatures continue to grip swathes of the United States this Memorial Day weekend.

INTENSE COLD GRIPS SE AUSTRALIA, TOPPLES MULTIPLE MONTHLY COLD RECORDS + POWERFUL ANTARCTIC BLAST TO HIT NEXT WEEK
May 31, 2021  
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings). Prepare.

EXCEPTIONAL SNOWFALL –THE BIGGEST IN OVER TWO DECADES– PUMMELS PATAGONIA
June 1, 2021  
Plus: Adelaide, Australia shivers through Coldest May Morning in almost 100 Years.

702 TEXANS DIED IN FEBRUARY’S RECORD-BREAKING FREEZE, FAR HIGHER THAN THE STATE’S OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL OF 151
June 1, 2021  
PLUS: STUDY FINDS COLD-WEATHER ACCOUNTS FOR 94% OF TEMPERATURE-RELATED DEATHS.
A 2020 study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago reveals that it is the COLD which should concern us, not the heat.

RARE “LEVEL 5” SNOWFALL WARNING ISSUED IN SOUTH AFRICA: “THIS COULD BE LIFE-THREATENING”
June 2, 2021  
SAWS: “Danger to life and property due to hypothermia and the collapsing of infrastructure, widespread loss of livestock and crops [are expected].”

DELHI, INDIA SUFFERS ITS COLDEST JUNE TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED
June 2, 2021  
India has been breaking low temperature records left, right and center this year; in fact, since August, 2020 Delhi has busted at least one major weather record each and every month.

COLDEST “SUMMER” WEEKEND ON RECORD IN ATLANTIC CITY
June 2, 2021   
A host of records have been toppled, in books dating back to 1874. Trends change (sorry IPCC). Welcome to the next cooling epoch.

16.4 FEET (5 METERS) OF EARLY-SEASON SNOW BURIES MT HUTT, NEW ZEALAND
June 3, 2021  
“There’s a huge amount of ice growing out from any metal structure … That ice is up to half a metre thick, may be more, in some places.”

DOUBLE-THE-AVERAGE AVALANCHE DEATHS IN EUROPE BLAMED ON “ABUNDANT SNOW”
June 3, 2021  
Jarring with the MSM narrative, exceptional snowfall has been the crucial factor in this season’s high avalanche death toll — across both Europe AND the United States. #GSM

EARLY-SEASON COLD BLASTS SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA + FAILED WINTER PREDICTIONS
June 4, 2021  
Sydney’s recent chill is a mere taster to the powerful Antarctic blast currently winding up, due to hit the majority of the Aussie continent by June 9.

HISTORIC FROSTS AND FREEZES IMPACT FARMERS ACROSS THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE: UK VEGETABLES SUPPLIES “DESPERATELY LOW,” USDA CROP-RATING SYSTEM LABELLED “A JOKE”
June 5, 2021  
“Crops look horrible around here, what’s up isn’t that great, stand problems, yellow from the cold, stunted, lots of acres not up yet, and some replanting being done, what a joke!”

Duane
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
June 5, 2021 9:14 am

You can say that again!

Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
June 5, 2021 12:44 pm

Missed these:

MOTHER’S DAY WAS A RECORD-BREAKER: RARE COLD AND SNOW BLASTS AMERICA
May 10, 2021
States such as Pennsylvania and New York are reporting inches of mid-spring snow, with record-accumulations on the way for the likes of Colorado and Wyoming.
 
EUROPE’S EXTREME MAY FREEZE IS SET TO CONTINUE
May 10, 2021
Additional rounds of ‘Arctic shock therapy’ threaten to wake the masses from their manufactured ‘global warming’ psychosis:
 
HEAVY MAY SNOWFALL HITS PORTUGAL, WARNINGS ISSUED, AS HUNGARY JUST REGISTERED ITS COLDEST APRIL THIS CENTURY
May 11, 2021
“Christmas scenes in the middle of May,” with additional Arctic blasts inbound. #GrandSolarMinimum
 
THOUSANDS OF REINDEER STARVE TO DEATH ON THE FROZEN YAMAL PENINSULA, RUSSIA
May 11, 2021
Possibly *tens of thousands* perished as months of extreme cold persisted across ALL of transcontinental Russia. Researchers on the ground note an increase in periodic glaciation in the region.
 
ARCTIC SEA ICE EXTENT HIGHEST IN 8 YEARS + LOW SOLAR ACTIVITY AND GLOBAL COOLING
May 11, 2021
While modern civilization writhes in this dark age of self-serving agendas, virtue signalling and dreams of socialism, the reality of our cosmological journey spins on. #GSM
 
NEW ZEALAND SWINGS FROM RECORD HEAT TO RECORD COLD + NEW STUDY SHOWS ANTARCTIC SEA ICE IS GROWING
May 12, 2021
Reject politicized narratives of linear warming. Instead, prepare for the next big freeze. Climate is cyclic, after all. #GSM

Sara
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
June 6, 2021 5:49 am

Hmmm… Allan, I wonder why the veggie farmers don’t put compost or straw on their seed plants these days. It does two things: keeps the ground semi-warm, and provides fertilizer to the seeds. Also, when plowed into the soil, aerates it for the next planing.
We did that when I was 6, helping my Dad put the garden together, and there were nasty cold winters back then. Plow it under in the fall, add it when planting if the weather’s too chilly. It’s old-fashioned, but it works.

Sara
Reply to  Sara
June 6, 2021 7:40 am

There used to be a popular western novels writer – I think it may have been Zane Grey – who was very familiar with the weather in the northwestern states that were east of the Rockies. He said that it was not unusual to have a snowstorm in July, because that was a weather system, not a climate indicator.

I worked for a while at a company that sold internet satellite dishes and hookups to people all over the USA, and talked to those in the west and northwest (east of the Rockies) about their weather conditions. Those included their reports of snow in June and July and occasionally, in August. That was early in this century, about 2007-2009. They all said it was nothing unusual, but there was nothing like that going on in Minnesota or the Dakotas at that time.

The point is that odd weather can happen any time, and it is just weather. It is when it repeats itself in a short period, and snow and ice stick and do not melt back, that it involves the bigger picture, which is the climate.

This year’s episodes of crazy-pants weather are for this year. If it recurs next year, and for the 10 years thereafter, with no end in sight, then it is a climate shift, whether the Warmians and Greenbeaners like it or not.

I guess I’ll go back to keeping my weather diaries like I used to. I’ll just expand the AO that it covers.

Reply to  Sara
June 11, 2021 2:31 am

Hi Sara,
 
I have always enjoyed your posts.
 
You wrote: “The point is that odd weather can happen any time, and it is just weather. It is when it repeats itself in a short period, and snow and ice stick and do not melt back, that it involves the bigger picture, which
is the climate.”
 
In 2002 we predicted global cooling to start circa 2020 and it is now happening. There was a huge crop failure across the Great Plains of North America in 2019 and we published a paper on that here:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/10/27/the-real-climate-crisis-is-not-global-warming-it-is-cooling-and-it-may-have-already-started/
Please read my above paper, and the many dozens of record cold events all over the world.
https://thsresearch.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/climate-change-covid-19-and-the-great-reset-update-1e-readonly.docx
Download the WORD file.
 
Regards, Allan

Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
June 11, 2021 2:13 am

More

HEAVY SNOWFALL ON COURSE FOR NSW, AS AUSTRALIA’S LATEST ANTARCTIC BLAST TO STRETCH AS FAR NORTH AS SUB-TROPICAL QUEENSLAND
June 7, 2021
Wrap up Australia. This, in my book, will go down as your first Grand Solar Minimum winter (of the modern cooling epoch). Prepare for exceptional lows and snows.

HUNGARY SUFFERS COLDEST SPRING SINCE 1987 (SOLAR MINIMUM OF CYCLE 21), AS JUNE’S MONTHLY SNOWPACK RECORD FALLS IN SLOVENIA
June 7, 2021
Europe experienced a bone-chiller of a spring. To call it a “spring” actually does a disservice to the severity and prolonged nature of the cold — I like to think of March-through-May this year as an “extension of winter.”

POLAR COLD GRIPS SOUTH AFRICA, “LOAD SHEDDING” LIKELY AS THE NATION’S POWER GRID STRUGGLES TO COPE WITH HEATING DEMAND
June 7, 2021
Unprecedented “stage 8” load shedding could be on the cards in the near future, as an aging infrastructure plus low solar activity-induced cooling threatens a disastrous combo in 2021.

CANADA CHILLS: VICTORIA SEES COLDEST JUNE 6 SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1899, AS RARE JUNE SNOW SETTLES IN B.C. AND AB.
June 8, 2021
The majority of Canada is suffering an unusual June chill this week, as the Arctic rides anomalously-far south on the back of an unpredictable ‘meridional’ jet stream flow.

ARCTIC TROUGH TO DESCEND INTO EUROPE, BRINGING HEAVY SUMMER SNOW TO SCANDINAVIA AND ICELAND
June 10, 2021
2021 has already been the year without a spring in Europe — and now, the official start of summer also looks under threat, too. #GrandSolarMinimum

SYDNEY SHIVERS THROUGH COLDEST DAY IN 37 YEARS, AS NSW SEES COLDEST JUNE DAY IN 122 YEARS
June 11, 2021
Record-breaking accumulations of SNOW have also been reported, as a pool of Antarctic air delivers eastern Australia its coldest conditions in decades

June 4, 2021 6:17 pm

Climate change has front lines?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 4, 2021 7:18 pm

Miami Beach, Florida, .. if you can manage to avert your eyes long enough from throngs of bikini clad young women and the rich “Bill Clinton-types” living in high rise multi-million-dollar beach-front condos cruising said beach trying to get them to come in for a “visit and a drink.”

Duane
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 5, 2021 9:17 am

Maybe not front lines …. but tan lines – or the lack thereof – are much more interesting on Miami Beach than glaciers breaking off Antarctica.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 5, 2021 7:12 am

Exactly what I was thinking. Just how does one define the “front line” of an imaginary crisis?

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
June 5, 2021 11:07 am

The IMaginot Line?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 5, 2021 7:31 am

The climate change war surely does. Not to be confused with the “war on climate” the Climate Cauterwaulers like to clamor about.

Scissor
June 4, 2021 6:18 pm

There are so many boondoggles going on now that it’s hard to get too excited by any single one.

John Larson
Reply to  Scissor
June 6, 2021 1:37 pm

True, with the White Supremacists lurking behind every blade of grass, aiming their assault rifles at the mostly peaceful protestors as we speak, undoubtedly not wearing two masks, maybe not even one, heartlessly endangering the most vulnerable, I don’t know how you Neanderthals can continue to deny climate like this . . What is it going to take to get you to woke up, and heed the President’s call for Unity, in confronting the scourge of transphobia? The boondoggles have go to stop! Innocent children’s very gender identities are still simply being assumed in some States, and even whole Nations . . our future heroes and role models just left to the ravages of unregulated puberty . .

Pat Frank
June 4, 2021 6:20 pm

Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope are the authors. Mark Hertsgaard is the executive director of Covering Climate Now, the environment correspondent for The Nation, and the author of HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. Kyle Pope is the editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review.”

And neither one of them know a buret from a cuvet, but they’re claim standing to lecture us about climate science. It’s righteous hubris.

Anon
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 4, 2021 11:37 pm

I really like this one about DeSmog Blog:

DeSmog: was founded by Jim Hoggan of James Hoggan & Associates, one of Canada’s leading public relations firms. 

Public relations (PR) is the practice of deliberately managing the release and spread of information between an individual or an organization (such as a business, government agency, or a nonprofit organization) and the public in order to affect the public perception. 

The concept of propaganda, which later evolved into Public Relations was used by the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and others to rally for domestic support and demonize enemies during the World Wars.

The should have named Smog Blog (lol)

George Daddis
Reply to  Anon
June 5, 2021 6:32 am

Edward Bernays was a somewhat naive American psychologist who developed a way to influence public perception – to buy Shredded Wheat or to sell war bonds. His first book was titled Propaganda. When Goebbels used the techniques for nefarious political purposes Bernays was dismayed and in his second book change the name of the same techniques to “public relations” to distance himself from what he thought was inappropriate use of his work.

Bernie1815
Reply to  George Daddis
June 5, 2021 7:12 am

I just finished reading Volker Ullrich’s “Hitler: Downfall”. One takeaway for me was how much Hitler and the Nazis depended on the ultimate kind of fake news. Goebbels managed to excuse, justify, legitimate and encourage some of the greatest crimes of the 20th Century. Nobody should underestimate the power of propaganda. It should be called out whenever and wherever it appears.

Reply to  Bernie1815
June 5, 2021 1:09 pm

“propaganda…should be called out whenever and wherever it appears.”

Global warming alarmism is nothing but propaganda – there is not a shred of true science in the entire false narrative. It’s a fifty-year-old lie.

Previously posted:

It’s ALL a leftist scam – false enviro-hysteria including the Climate and Green-Energy frauds, the full lockdown for Covid-19, the illogical linking of these frauds (“to solve Covid we have to solve Climate Change”), paid-and-planned terrorism by Antifa and BLM, and the mail-in ballot USA election scam – it’s all false and fraudulent. 
 
The Climate-and-Covid scares are false crises, concocted by wolves to stampede the sheep. The tactics used by the global warming propagandists are straight out of Lenin’s playbook. The Climategate emails provided further evidence of the warmists’ deceit – they don’t debate, they shout down dissent and seek to harm those who disagree with them – straight out of Lenin. 
 
The purported “science” of global warming catastrophism has been disproved numerous ways over the decades. Furthermore, every one of the warmists’ very-scary predictions, some 80 or so since 1970, has failed to happen. The most objective measure of scientific competence is the ability to correctly predict – and the climate fraudsters have been 100% wrong to date. 
 
There is a powerful logic that says that no rational person can be this wrong, this deliberately obtuse, for this long – that they must have a covert agenda. I made this point circa 2009, and that agenda is now fully exposed – it is the Marxist totalitarian “Great Reset” – “You will own nothing, and you’ll be happy!” It is the CCP model.
 
Expanding on the global warming alarmists’ abysmal predictive track record:
 
The ability to predict is the best objective measure of scientific and technical competence.
 
Climate doomsters have a perfect NEGATIVE predictive track record – every very-scary climate prediction, of the ~80 they have made since 1970, has FAILED TO HAPPEN.
 
“Rode and Fischbeck, professor of Social & Decision Sciences and Engineering & Public Policy, collected 79 predictions of climate-caused apocalypse going back to the first Earth Day in 1970. With the passage of time, many of these forecasts have since expired; the dates have come and gone uneventfully. In fact, 48 (61%) of the predictions have already expired as of the end of 2020.”
 
To end 2020, the climate doomsters were proved wrong in their scary climate predictions 48 times – at 50:50 odds for each prediction, that’s like flipping a coin 48 times and losing every time! The probability of that being mere random stupidity is 1 in 281 trillion! It’s not just global warming scientists being stupid.
 
These climate doomsters were not telling the truth – they displayed a dishonest bias in their analyses that caused these extremely improbable falsehoods, these frauds.
 
There is a powerful logic that says no rational person or group could be this wrong for this long – they followed a corrupt agenda – in fact, they knew they were lying.
 
The global warming alarmists have a NO predictive track record – they have been 100% wrong about every scary climate prediction – nobody should believe them.
 
The radical greens have NO credibility, make that NEGATIVE credibility – their core competence is propaganda, the fabrication of false alarm.
 
The wolves, proponents of both the very-scary Global Warming / Climate Change scam and the Covid-19 Lockdown scam, know they are lying. Note also how many global “leaders” quickly linked the two scams, stating ”to solve Covid we have to solve Climate Change”- utter nonsense, not even plausible enough to be specious.
 
Regarding the sheep, especially those who inhabit our universities and governments:
The sheep are well-described by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the landmark text “The Black Swan”, as “Intellectual-Yet-Idiot” or IYI – IYI’s hold the warmist views as absolute truths, without ever having spent sufficient effort to investigate them. The false warmist narrative fitted their worldview, and they never seriously questioned it by examining the contrary evidence.


Jeff Reppun
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 5, 2021 8:26 am

What 50 years? Only have 7 or 8 more years left!

Reply to  Jeff Reppun
June 5, 2021 3:48 pm

Come on man…Climate Czar Kerry sez 9 more years

John Garrett
June 4, 2021 6:44 pm

Mark Hertsgaard is a full blown nutjob.

Rory Forbes
June 4, 2021 6:48 pm

Today, all of humanity is under attack, this time from an overheated planet — and too many newsrooms still are more inclined to cover today’s equivalent of dance competitions.

What a steaming load of fecal matter! Clearly the authors are propaganda enthusiasts rather than journalists. Edward R. Murrow’s reporters were all rewarded with empirical evidence of Germany invading Poland. To date, there isn’t one iota of empirical evidence supporting AGW (or the above nonsense). So far the only observable results of the “climate” changing since the LIA has been a small but extremely beneficial warming and ample evidence of CO2 greening on many parts of the world. However there are large areas which show no apparent change at all. Furthermore there is no human signal whatsoever.

On a planet that has been cooling steadily since the Holocene Optimum, ~8000 years ago and gradually sequestering our precious life giving gas, CO2, there can be no argument that adding CO2 back into our atmosphere is fortuitous, if unintentional

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Rory Forbes
June 4, 2021 7:21 pm

CO2 is not the problem. But it may be the answer.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 4, 2021 8:18 pm

LOL … well said!

PCman999
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 4, 2021 10:09 pm

Wouldn’t it be awesome if CO2 was at 1000-1500ppm? The world would be a paradise, even more than it already is.

griff
Reply to  PCman999
June 5, 2021 1:13 am

That’s complete and utter madness and nonsense…

I mean, back in Roman times or the Bronze age, how did they manage when the vegetation was so starved of CO2? The world’s primeval forests are clearly ‘fake news’ made up by climate scientists…

MarkW
Reply to  griff
June 5, 2021 8:01 am

The fact that plants do much better with more CO2 is well established science.
I’m not at all surprised that a known science denier like griff rejects these facts.

Reply to  griff
June 5, 2021 9:42 am

No glaciers in the Alps, full of green trees we found the rests under actual glaciers, I don’t see where your problem is.

tommyboy
Reply to  griff
June 5, 2021 12:55 pm

They managed as best they could. The world population was around 180 million and a substantial percentage spent their short miserable lives trying not to starve.

LdB
Reply to  griff
June 6, 2021 9:31 am

Personally I am voting we all make as much CO2 as possible (target at least 1000ppm) just to hear poor Griff squeal.

PCman999
Reply to  Rory Forbes
June 4, 2021 10:08 pm

You’re preaching to the Conclave of Cardinals – I agree totally with you, history shows that climate depended very little on CO2, if at all. Why are the Nazi-Warmunists so intent on ruining the world by forcing this cult on the world? Why don’t they care about the evidence? Why don’t they care about the environment or people they claim will be helped by covering the world with inefficient and unreliable sources of energy. It is getting scary that the world is controlled by people who cannot be reasoned with.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  PCman999
June 4, 2021 11:58 pm

The thing of it is; I no longer care about the science regardless who’s pretending to understand it and “explain” it to us mere mortals. If what we now have is the best that science is capable of, from either side of the debate, I’m unimpressed. Frankly, the authors might as well be talking out of their collective arse (which seems apparent).

The planet has never been healthier for humans, what little warming there has been has done exactly what climate “science” should have predicted. It has shrunk the differential between warm and cold zones, reducing the potential energy of storms.

Mike Dubrasich
June 4, 2021 6:50 pm

Reading the Columbia Journalism Review is equivalent to reading Workers World, Beijing edition. I don’t think the CCP Politburo even reads them.

Killer Marmot
June 4, 2021 6:59 pm

One problem is that almost no reporters are competent to cover stories on climate change. They do not have a deep — or often any — knowledge of the subject, are not versed in science or statistics, and are easily duped by sensationalist stories from scientists with an agenda.

Bill
Reply to  Killer Marmot
June 6, 2021 9:44 am

“…almost no reporters are competent to cover stories on climate change.”

This is, unfortunately, true with most stories. Most news outlets simply use the Twittverse to spread their stupidity. It’s hard for most of us to tell what’s true and what’s not.

Yesterday I did a quick search on an internet search engine (another information-distribution system) for “The five races on earth” and ended up with most of the search-engine results describing “Alien races”, as in extraterrestrials. This doesn’t include the unconcionable race entries in Wikipedia. How in one to learn anything with this going on?

Joel O'Bryan
June 4, 2021 7:13 pm

Even in the unrealistic, worse-case RCP 8.5 fantasy climate simulation, watching and reporting on the climate scam is like reporting on paint drying in super slow motion.
Yeah, that’ll sell clicks and eyes… not.

Gerald Hanner
June 4, 2021 7:18 pm

Journalists claiming something to be true is not the same as the something is, in fact, true. I long ago lost whatever confidence I had in what journalists say..

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Gerald Hanner
June 4, 2021 7:35 pm

I have a PhD in immunology-virology. As such, I have actual years of long days of lab experience passaging and growing community-acquired influenza A strains in various pharmeuceutical treatments and working with others (molecular geneticists, quantitative biologists) then to analyze how the RNA virus evolves at the nucleotide level to cell culture selective pressures. That equips me with knowledge and understanding at a deep level about human respiratory viruses.
What I have seen in the media about COIVD-19 (SAR-CoV-2), the lack of understanding of basic principles by all reporters tells me if they get all that wrong, what about all that other stuff I am not a subject matter expert on? Most of what we read by main-stream media about science topics is probably 50% garbage, and unless you an expert in that field, knowing which half is the garbage is difficult.

Waza
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 4, 2021 8:16 pm

Joel
“Unless you are an expert in the field”
I disagree.
I have read many of your comments, and I am impressed with your overall knowledge of many topics.
If we look at levels of expertise.
1. Novice
2. Advanced beginner
3. Competent
4. Proficient
5. Expert.

WRT WUWT readers I believe many are more than competent in fields outside their expertise, irrelevant of their official training.

WRT to journalists many don’t even rate novice level.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Waza
June 4, 2021 8:30 pm

It’s true, WUWT is one of the most concentrated collections of people within your last three categories (but all 5 are well represented) you’re likely to find on the Internet … on just about every field imaginable. Joel is among the most valuable and knowledgeable contributors.

This site is an education on so many levels.

Keitho
Editor
Reply to  Rory Forbes
June 5, 2021 1:37 am

Well said.

Duane
Reply to  Rory Forbes
June 5, 2021 9:25 am

The mark of real intelligence and scholarship is when you are taking an upper division course in college, and you are convinced that your prof is spewing ridiculous bullshit . and then you actually challenge him/her on it in classroom lecture. Better be able to back it up, of course.

another ian
Reply to  Waza
June 4, 2021 11:13 pm

Years ago there was a summary of the qualifications of people who read Jo Nova and my thoughts at the time were that Jo could run a Manhattan Project if needed

M Courtney
Reply to  Waza
June 5, 2021 12:36 am

As an Advanced Beginner myself I would like to point out that journalists have a natural disadvantage and advantage.

They are specialists in nothing. So they lack a deep understanding of anything they repot on.
But they also have a surface knowledge of many things that specialists don’t.

The greatest failings are in specialist journalists; economic, environmental, political etc. They all lose generality without gaining the expertise to truly understand. Indeed they fear that in depth knowledge in case they lose the “ability to talk to the man in the street”.

George Daddis
Reply to  M Courtney
June 5, 2021 6:37 am

Reagan’s quote comes to mind:

 “The trouble ain’t what people don’t know, it’s what they know that ain’t so.” 

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  M Courtney
June 5, 2021 11:22 am

They are specialists in nothing.

Professional, know-nothing wordsmiths, all too often with a political bias.

Duane
Reply to  Waza
June 5, 2021 9:22 am

If professional journos could pass a hard science or math course in college, or even in high school, they wouldn’t be professional journos.

Just like nearly all professional “educators” in our public schools are academic failures and refugees from any other STEM degree program but Education in college.

gringojay
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 4, 2021 8:28 pm

Laboratory proof finally found of what happened in Wuhan:

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Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  gringojay
June 5, 2021 3:54 am

It doesn’t matter what color the cat is if it knocks over a jar of Covid.

Duane
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 5, 2021 9:26 am

Don’t be such a furist.

noaaprogrammer
Reply to  Duane
June 5, 2021 5:48 pm

I thought it was purrist.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 4, 2021 9:35 pm

Media outlets and most people believe the PCR test actually tests for COVID-19. Mullis is on record stating that the PCR process does nothing of the sort.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Patrick MJD
June 4, 2021 11:24 pm

To the person who marked marked my post down, Mullis was wrong in stating *HIS* test did not test for disease? Hummm, interesting…

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another ian
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 4, 2021 11:10 pm

Likely gives you a sanguine view of others supposedly more expert too

Duane
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 5, 2021 9:20 am

You’re being far too generous with your allowing 50% that isn’t BS when it comes to science in the popular media, and even in much of what passes for science the scientific media.

I give’em maybe 0.1% that isn’t bullsheet .

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 5, 2021 10:01 am

Hi Joel,

I have been highly impressed with your comments over the years.

Would your expertise extend to the Covid-19 injections?

Would you recommend getting them or not – qualify as you see fit re type, age of recipient, etc.

Would you recommend giving them to teenagers?

I have opinions based on the writing of recognized experts, but am far outside of my own expertise.

Thanks in advance, Allan

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 5, 2021 11:19 am

Joel,
Decades ago I was a Second Amendment activist. I was dismayed at how often ‘facts’ were misstated by the Media, and ‘urban legends’ replaced actual statistics. Like you, I came to the conclusion that if they were so often wrong about things that I was knowledgeable, how could I trust the things they said about areas I knew little of.

eyesonu
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
June 7, 2021 11:18 am

lude,

I think I am walking a parallel path in a parallel world as you. 3+ decades ago I became convinced that the media could not be trusted and as you say “I came to the conclusion that if they were so often wrong about things that I was knowledgeable, how could I trust the things they said about areas I knew little of.”

eyesonu
Reply to  eyesonu
June 8, 2021 3:41 am

Sorry Clyde, I don’t know how my fat fingers typed ‘lude’. lol

TonyG
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
June 5, 2021 3:17 pm

“if they get all that wrong, what about all that other stuff I am not a subject matter expert on?”

That’s what gets me the most about their readers. I’ve heard several times how they got something basic VERY wrong by someone who knows the subject, but that person continues to accept everything they say about any OTHER topic. I don’t get it.

Crowcatcher
Reply to  Gerald Hanner
June 4, 2021 10:01 pm

I always remember the words of my boss in the engineering department of the BBC I worked in in the 1970s on hearing a fatuous report on the news on a technical matter “Know bugger all about anything – become a (BBC) journalist!!!!”

H B
June 4, 2021 7:42 pm

That would be like running a live report on paint drying only 10 to the six times slower

Paul Johnson
June 4, 2021 7:49 pm

For the analogy to Climate Change to ring true, Murrow would have to have sent his correspondents to the Polish border in 1920 with headlines blaring “German Invasion Imminent!!!“.

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Nigel in California
Reply to  Paul Johnson
June 4, 2021 8:45 pm

+1

MarkW
Reply to  Paul Johnson
June 4, 2021 9:24 pm

THe only problem with that analogy is that the German invasion did actually take place, even though the reporters were premature.

A more accurate example would be sending reporters to the Duchy of Grand Fenwick in order to observe their invasion of Germany.

John DeFayette
Reply to  Paul Johnson
June 4, 2021 10:16 pm

One small edit would make your analogy a better fit. Murrow would have sent his reporters to Antartica in 1920 with the same headlines.

PCman999
Reply to  Paul Johnson
June 4, 2021 10:23 pm

But these alarmists think that devastating climate destruction is happening right now! Nevermind the rainforests cut down for the palm oil plantations for biodiesel – the poor orangutans don’t mind losing their homes and lives to help stop Climate Change™ that will almost certainly drown us all in 100 years, or was it 500 years to melt all the ice in Greenland? Hmm, no, we shall all certainly be dead in 700 years from drowning under the ever rising seas.

/Sarc, just in case. Poor orangs though. That part is real.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  PCman999
June 5, 2021 1:38 am

The next ice age will be well advanced before even a small percentage of Greenland’s ice could be melted. Insofar as much of the ice sheet is below sea level and rarely rises above freezing, it’s pretty certain the ice mass balance won’t change at all.

MarkW
Reply to  Paul Johnson
June 5, 2021 8:05 am

Prior to Germany invading Poland, most US liberals supported Germany.
So it’s hardly surprising that the lead editors didn’t want their reporters to cover the dark side of German expansion.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Paul Johnson
June 5, 2021 11:29 am

I think a better analogy would be to report on the WWII battle on the Eastern Front, and announce that the fall of Russia was imminent.

markl
June 4, 2021 7:56 pm

You can tell an audacious lie and repeat it often enough to get a rise out of the people but when you tell it long enough they become either skeptical or bored.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  markl
June 5, 2021 2:51 am

I hope so…

Dave Fair
Reply to  markl
June 5, 2021 7:56 am

Evidence in the people in the end stages of the Soviet Union.

Gunga Din
June 4, 2021 8:20 pm

And because carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere for centuries, temperature rise and its effects are only getting started. As one scientist said as wildfires turned San Francisco’s skies orange last September, “We’re going to look back in 10 years, certainly 20 … and say, ‘Wow, 2020 was a crazy year, but I miss it.’”

Did it ever occur to these guys that we’ve already looked back 10, 20, 30 years at what the Sli-Cli guys said would happen by now? It hasn’t happened.
“Wow, 2020 was a normal year. They missed it.”

MarkW
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 4, 2021 9:26 pm

And using a new mainframe.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 4, 2021 9:37 pm

But Pennsylvania State University Distinguished Professor Michael E Mann hasn’t been retired. Nor has Professor Naomi Oreskes.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 5, 2021 3:58 am

Hansen is busy writing a book which should be published soon. I’m on his email list. He’s still connected with Columbia U. in some way.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 5, 2021 7:59 am

No. They are disappearing the old ‘scientists’ because they now advance nuclear power.

Waza
June 4, 2021 8:24 pm

Slightly off topic
I watch a bit of WW2 war history on social media.
I am seeing more and more video footage from the German side.
I’m sure the footage was always there to find. It’s just doesn’t seem to be held back.

mike
Reply to  Waza
June 4, 2021 8:45 pm

And your point is? As the son of a man who risked his life like so many others during WW2, I actually find your innuendo very offensive

Waza
Reply to  Waza
June 4, 2021 10:22 pm

No offence intended.
My point is.
A. a journalist films a war scene.
B. An editor edits the footage.
C. The media organisation decides whether to publish or not.

I’m highlighting That media organisations have changed their decision to show footage of war scenes that are quite unpalatable.i don’t know why they are doing it.
To go with the above, I’m highlighting that it’s not just the journalist that are the problem but the political organisations that choose what to show or not show.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Waza
June 5, 2021 4:01 am

It’s good to see the propaganda of the enemy just to see how crazy they are/were.

PCman999
Reply to  Waza
June 4, 2021 10:37 pm

Maybe the Alarmist media is sympathetic to the Nazi care for the environment and admires how they rose to the challenges and threats their society faced and how they were united in purpose and put their country on a war footing to fight their emergency.

It doesn’t matter much to the Alarmists that the Germans were completely brainwashed by their government and centuries of racism and bigotry.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  PCman999
June 5, 2021 4:04 am

Of course it wasn’t just the Germans who were racist and biggots.

Patrick MJD
June 4, 2021 9:15 pm

From the article…”And because carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere for centuries…”

Stopped reading there. What level of scientific training have these people received? More heat, more storms, where? The records shows weather events are pretty bland and usual.

MarkW
June 4, 2021 9:15 pm

Is there anyone who believes that most newspapers aren’t already doing everything they can to report on the non-existent global warming emergency?

What does this guy want, for the reporters to start inventing even bigger lies?

Dave Andrews
Reply to  MarkW
June 5, 2021 8:58 am

Well you know how a year or so back everywhere on the planet was “heating up twice as fast as anywhere else”? Now the Guardian is saying “The Arctic is heating up at three times the rate of the remainder of the planet” (Jillian Ambrose, Energy Correspondent, 3rd June)

How long before this becomes the new meme?

Ed Hanley
June 4, 2021 10:09 pm

Bad analogy. WWII was real.

Reply to  Ed Hanley
June 5, 2021 5:04 am

Indeed. It’s hard to come up with breaking news every day about abstractions. We already report on the reality, weather, ad nauseam .

Andrew

Christopher Hanley
June 4, 2021 10:50 pm

“Legendary journalist Edward R Murrow famously provided live reports of German tanks crossing the Polish Border …”.
Murrow was stationed in London, strictly speaking it was William L Shirer who was stationed in Berlin and who recorded his dispatches in Berlin Diary.
As far as I know no non-German journalist witnessed the actual invasion the exact timing of course was top secret, although it was expected anytime.
Shirer followed the Wehrmacht into Poland and witnessed the Schleswig-Holstein anchored in Danzig shelling the Polish garrison.
He also accompanied the Wehrmacht into the Low Countries and France and there is a photo of him reporting on the signing of the French armistice.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Christopher Hanley
June 5, 2021 4:08 am

I recall reading Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” while a high school freshman in 1964. Some friends thought I was nuts reading a thousand page book like that.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 5, 2021 5:28 am

I recall reading my paperback copy of Shirer’s book in an airport waiting room in the 70s. Across the room, a older woman was giving me the ‘stink eye’, but I couldn’t understand why. Then I realized the cover was decorated with a Nazi flag. From across the room, she couldn’t read that author nor title, but could see the bold cover. She must’ve figured I was enjoying “Mein Kampf”.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
June 5, 2021 7:06 am

I read Mein Kamp at the same time. My mother thought I had become a 14 year old Nazi.

On principle, I’ve always wanted to study both sides of every issue- so for politics I read everything I can find- different perspectives on American history- and biographies of all the major 20th century “leaders”. For religion, I’ve read about many philosophies and religions- leading me to become an atheist- since, in my opinion, nobody knows anything about that subject. Living here in Massachusetts, I’m never exposed in the local media (dominated by the “Bah-stin” Globe) to anything but climate hysteria. But a friend told me about this blog and others like Tony Heller- so now I’m one of the very few climate change skeptics here in MA- there may be more but they’re afraid to say so. Saying so, I’m branded as if belonging to a dangerous cult.

Drake
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 5, 2021 7:59 am

Ah, but you ARE now a member of a dangerous cult. One that may eventually be able to break down the current power structure of the State and US governments.

They are very afraid, and rightfully so.

bonbon
Reply to  Christopher Hanley
June 5, 2021 5:34 am

Shirer actually interviewed Hitler, at Nuremberg, I think. His shock at expecting to meet someone with character, who had actually no personality, is a keen observation. Now look at the current crop of EU/USA/British poltico’s – the sheer lack of personality should be a huge warning. And they are eyeing Russia, yet again.
And yet again Poland is playing along – will they ever learn?

Ed Zuiderwijk
June 5, 2021 12:59 am

Haha. You couldn’t get more arse over elbow than that. It’s like the Mann calling real scientists Lysenko-ists when a good look in the mirror would reveal to him a genuine one.

michel
June 5, 2021 2:03 am

We are living through an age of hysteria.

I used to think a lot of this was attributable to the nonsense of Post Modernism and its acceptance by the college educational establishment. It had arguably led to the wholesale adoption of moral and epistemological relativism, in which ‘right’ means ‘right for me’, and ‘true’ means ‘true for me’.

I felt this was behind the absurdities we read about every day, when calm rational argument is called violence, but arson and riot are called mainly peaceful demonstrations. And when manifest absurdities become the consensus to which lip-service must be paid, on penalty of mobbing.

But as this has gone on, I have come to see it was too superficial a view. The rise of Post Modernism, relativism etc is probably in reality a consequence and symptom not a cause. The underlying phenomenon is an hysterical abandonment of rational thought. We are really going back to the middle ages and to the concept of orthodoxy and heresy, and to the indulgence of mob hysteria. We saw it in the former Soviet Union, and in late Maoism, and in Cambodia. We are seeing the same phenomenon here.

Consider not simply the Guardian, with its style guide, its endless invocations of the Climate Emergency, and its substitution of ‘global heating’ for ‘warming’. Consider also Stonewall, whose latest move is to recommend banning of the word ‘mother’ to refer to someone who has given birth to a baby.

The logic, you see, is that we are whatever sex we declare ourselves to be. So a person formerly referred to as a woman may realize that in reality he was a man, in the new sense of that word. As a man, he may become pregnant and give birth. Thus showing that it is discriminatory against such people to use a vocabulary that assumes only women can give birth.

Yes, its the age of hysteria. And not just about climate. I am afraid this thing has a long way to run, it will move to more areas of life, it will penetrate more deeply, and it will not end at all well.

bonbon
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 5, 2021 5:39 am

Yeah, the hyperinflation of 1923, the crash of 1929, the roaring twenties, the Versailles looting … And who actually feels right at home? Well none other than Bank of England ex-chief Carney at the UN, playing Norman Montague’s role.
The Great Reset, Green New Deal, comes from Prince Charles, BlackRock, not from some mere academics, who have only a very dim awareness of history, finance.

As liberal economist Abba Lerner said at a very well known public debate, 1971, Queens College NYC, ¨if the Germans had accepted austerity, Hitler would not have been necessary¨. This time around green austerity is not being accepted, so what would be necessary, pray tell?

So be wary of ¨phase¨, everyone!

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Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  michel
June 5, 2021 5:35 am

“Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman
But she was another man”
Hmmmm so the Beatles were on to sumpthin.

Abolition Man
Reply to  michel
June 5, 2021 7:53 am

michel,
It is mass INDUCED hysteria brought about by the elites within our media/education complex as they practice psychological warfare against the public! One could see this clearly in the way public policy for the ChiCom virus was intended to induce panic and “vaccine” compliance!
As they practice their psyops program against the population, they more and more refer to any dissent or rebellion as their enemy! They turn as many as possible into losers (victims) and brand those who might become winners or warriors as oppressors!
One can see their success with nearly 50% of young woman suffering psychological problems and a growing number of children, especially girls, opting to transition rather than experience the vagaries of normal life! The continued conversion of all to their religion will never stop, and Climastrology is only ONE of the sects they embrace!

TonyG
Reply to  michel
June 5, 2021 3:29 pm

“The underlying phenomenon is an hysterical abandonment of rational thought”

Ayn Rand wrote about this in several essays, many are published in For the New Intellectual. She saw it back then and warned us.

John the Econ
June 5, 2021 5:57 am

“Less than a quarter of the public hear about climate change in the media at least once a month.”

Seriously? My experience is about once a minute.

Gunga Din
Reply to  John the Econ
June 5, 2021 6:59 am

Well, we know they’ve never watched “The Storm Channel”.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  John the Econ
June 5, 2021 10:35 am

Yes, upon reaching the climate marketing saturation point we won’t know what toothpaste is or deodorant or shaving products.

Olen
June 5, 2021 7:49 am

The decision, cover a dance competition or the invasion of Poland. Tough one. Doubtful he flipped a coin.

Olen
Reply to  Olen
June 5, 2021 8:07 am

Not a fan of Edward R Murrow but he separated news from commentary with in this reporter’s opinion.

Andy Pattullo
June 5, 2021 8:05 am

This would make sense if the German invasion of Poland never actually happened but was foretold in dozens of poorly structured computer models leading to a destruction of modern society as all valuable nation resources were diverted to a nonexistent conflict.

ATheoK
June 5, 2021 8:29 am

Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope live in a fantasy world.
They imagine reporters delivering daily reports of climate dooms and disasters.

Reality intrudes and their reporters will make headlines with the utter repeated failures for climate dooms to appear.

e.g.:

“Glaciers to melt in 50 years” – does that get your heart racing? Glaciers melting next year would be far more interesting, but near term predictions carry significant risks.”

What would be an accurate news report?
Headline, “World returns to a warmer life friendly conditions that has only occurred a few times during the Holocene”?

Why Can’t We Call It An Emergency?”

Because, truthful honest news must admit there is no emergency.

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Tom Abbott
June 5, 2021 8:29 am

From the article: “The record heat waves and storms of 2020 confirmed what scientists have long predicted: climate change is underway and threatens unparalleled catastrophe”

What record heat waves and storms?

These guys are living in a false climate change reality created for them by the likes of Michael Man and they have no clue they are not living in the real world.

And aren’t these the guys who are in charge of spreading the climate change propaganda far and wide? So are they dupes, or are they just using the climate change propaganda for personal gain?

Somebody ought to ask them to prove their claims of record heat waves and storms in 2020. If they believe that, they really are delusional.

Duane
June 5, 2021 9:13 am

Ed Murrow covered actual news. Climate change reporting is like reporting the astonishing news that language continually changes .. or that sports champions continually change … or that underwear gets continually changed.

If you learn a new word, like “woke” or “LBGTQ” (however that gets pronounced), that’s news to you, but everyone else who already know just sighs and says “duh!”.

If it’s your home town team or alma mater that wins a sports championship, that’s fantastic news to you and your fellow team fans, but nearly all other sports fans are only thinking about next year, and couldn’t care less how great you feel that your team won.

And if it’s your underwear that got changed, likely you’re feeling less, well, yucky … but if you mentioned that fact to anyone else, it’s well, “I wish you hadn’t shared that”.

Bruce Cobb
June 5, 2021 9:22 am

Actually, climate reporting is more like covering the weather hopped up on steroids and shrooms. Weather is the new “climate”.

ResourceGuy
June 5, 2021 9:36 am

That was back when media oligopolies had a working business model that did not involve direct selling of news plants on a daily basis in place of ad buys. It’s totally different in today’s weaponized drone news drops and agenda wars.

Jim Whelan
June 5, 2021 2:05 pm

“a load of empty hype about events which might happen 50 years from now”

Not “might” but “certainly won’t”.

Rod Evans
June 6, 2021 4:47 am

This may be a slight generalisation, but do we actually have journalists and reporters in the old fashioned sense anymore?
Most articles seem to be cut and paste now with every paper or broadcaster carrying identical stories. It is as if there is a central distribution point for the “news today”
Further. Does anyone pay any attention to MSM these days? It has become so woke it fails to convey anything of interest anyway.

Sara
June 6, 2021 5:39 am

“The record heat waves and storms of 2020….”

Gee whiz, I watch the weather every day, including the night reporting and we didn’t even have a tornado event. Did have a derecho that caused some local damage, but nothing like the REAL disaster of the 1974 tornado swarm that started when three weather systems bumped into each other and went eastward into Ohio. Haven’t even had a good hurricane story lately. Nothing like Hurricane Sandy these days. Remember that one? Hurricane Andrew? Katrina?

So where were these ‘record heat waves and storms’ from last year? Is that ‘reporter’ on this planet, or is he searching for life on Mars?

ResourceGuy
June 7, 2021 7:06 am

The first population control project of the 20th century was conducted by the Kaiser in Namibia. Were there any reporters around?

Steve Z
June 7, 2021 9:06 am

It seems that climate activists are quick to blame any extreme weather event that affects a heavily-populated area on “global warming” or “climate change” (since nobody really knows what the climate will do in the future), but what about years where nothing dramatic happens to a given area?

For example, there was a major heat wave in western Europe during the summer of 2003, with high temperatures above 95 F (35 C) for several weeks in a row, but at the same time the weather was relatively cool and rainy along the east coast of the USA, with daily highs in the low 70’s (historical average high temperatures are in the 80’s in July and August). Along the east coast, crops that need sunshine were dismal that year, but those that sometimes need irrigation were thriving on all the rain. “Global warming” was all over the European news that year, but largely ignored by the major New York news networks.

Then came the summer of 2005, with four major hurricanes (including Katrina) striking the Gulf Coast, and enough named storms in the Atlantic to get into the Greek alphabet, so all the rage was why didn’t the Bush administration do something to prevent the hurricanes? Meanwhile, summer weather in Europe that year was relatively average, and no one there really complained.

But then 2006 through 2011 had relatively few Atlantic hurricanes, and people along the Gulf Coast bracing for another rough hurricane season were probably thankful for not having to evacuate their homes those years. Meanwhile, the Philippines and Japan were hit by monster typhoons, but who worries about Pacific typhoons in America or Europe? Not many people…

The news media thrive on “if it bleeds, it leads”–for some reason, some people have a morbid desire to read about suffering, and the news media want to incite people to “do something” about it. When it comes to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, or floods, about the only thing that can be done is to evacuate the affected area during the storm and rebuild (and restore electric power) as quickly as possible after the storm has moved away.

But even during major weather events in localized areas, there are many other areas of the world experiencing pleasant weather, or at least weather that doesn’t interfere with people’s daily lives, so that “partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers” doesn’t really make news, so people go about their business and don’t worry about the weather.

Edward Murrow’s reporting on the Nazi invasion of Poland was crucial in showing an existential threat to the people of Poland, and by extension, most of eastern Europe (although the invasion of Austria had already occurred). A hurricane, tornado, flood, or wildfire can be a temporary existential threat to people in its path, but for people away from the storm, it’s difficult to convince them that not driving to the grocery store today *may* slightly lessen the impact of some storm 50 years in the future, when some of them may have returned to dust.

The Nazi invasion of Poland, as horrible as it was, did have an interesting consequence on a young aspiring actor in Polish theater named Karol Wojtyla, who decided to abandon the theater, and during World War II went into hiding and studied to become a priest. He later became the youngest Archbishop of Krakow, and in 1978 became one of the most influential Popes of the Catholic Church, and a leading figure in the liberation of Eastern Europe from Soviet domination.

Had he continued as an actor, he probably would have been unknown outside of Poland. Even the worst events in human history have a way of correcting themselves…

John Larson
Reply to  Steve Z
June 7, 2021 12:06 pm

The news media thrive on “if it bleeds, it leads”–for some reason, some people have a morbid desire to read about suffering, and the news media want to incite people to “do something” about it.”

Unfortunately, it’s not just the news media, people in very high places are intentionally feeding the fires, so to speak. People in the highest places . .

ResourceGuy
June 7, 2021 1:22 pm

Actually, there are similarities between today’s agenda reporters and Charles Lindberg’s conduct and naivete toward Germany in the late 1930s. He was very much pro Germany and badly lacked the facts on what was happening there in addition to leading the push against U.S. involvement. He even failed to deliver the first letter to FDR from Einstein and the east European physicists warning of the potential for nuclear bomb development in Germany. And like Lindberg, they don’t really get full and lasting blame for their mistakes.

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