Whether its scientists who butcher the peer review process to support their claims that man is causing global warming, or a university statistician who plagiarizes to make a quick buck from warming critics, there seems to be remarkably little unbiased research going on in the scientific, political, and journalistic community. A perfect example of this bias comes courtesy of a memo sent by Fox News managing editor Bill Sammon. The email is entitled "Given the controversy over the veracity of climate change data..." and was sent out to Fox News' anchors. It states:
...we should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.
The email was leaked by an internal source and sent to Media Matters, a progressive organization that monitors conservative media outlets. Now anyone who's taken an introductory college climatology class knows that there's a wealth of evidence that every planet in the solar system, including the Earth, has warmed and cooled over a plethora of periods in their history (including the Little Ice Age often alluded to by critics of the theory that man is causing warming). Of course whether man is causing warming is quite a different matter. That debate is still a very active one. But as the various recent incidents illustrate, precious few working on the topic -- regardless of their stance -- are approaching it from an unbiased perspective. Conquering our planet's climate holds tremendous potential for the benefit of mankind. To do that we must properly understand how the climate operates. That will be impossible if the research, governmental, and journalistic communities continue to look at climate change research as a partisan debate and exhaust their energy trying to blindly prove their particular opinion. It's time to return to true science and open debate.
Updated: Friday, 12/17/2010 7:04 p.m. --
A pair of quick notes. The story has been fixed to reflect that 20th Century Fox was the distributor of the movie Ice Age. Also a blog offering further analysis and clarifications on this topic and the points raised in this article has been posted here.
quote: ...which is an entirely different approach than as characterized. The author is trying to make Fox look like they deny what common sense dictates must have happened. ....and what they really said was that global warming is a bunch of bunk. An eminently reasonable position.
quote: Yes, but if Jason printed the truth, he wouldn't get as many page hits.
quote: what they really said was that global warming is a bunch of bunk
quote: So there was no "Ice Age" based on the bolded text
quote: PS: Fox is an illegal "news" channel as it was created by the NOT-AN-AMERICAN, Murdoch.
quote: And where does that leave us with that billionaire liberal media whore hero of liberals named George Soros?
quote: I am aware of no TV news source that could be correctly labeled as "liberal."
quote: He's still 100x better than an idiot like Rachael Madcow.
quote: Glen Beck is a ENTERTAINER. Nothing he says is based on facts.
quote: Well clearly you weren't around when he joked about running down little black kids. His words, not mine. Unfortunately DT cutoffs comment history quickly, destroying evidence more efficiently than the Bush administration.
quote: Where the hell did I ever seriously say that?
quote: You have obviously never heard of MSNBC then.
quote: raving about how we all aren't Christian enough to be worthy of his presence.
quote: That kind of crap isn't what news reporters do
quote: no, I don't believe I get Fox News either
quote: But the fact of the matter is that the wildly conservative media is so much louder than any liberal media that I don't have to watch any particular channel to learn that Glen Beck is a colossal douchebag, along with Bill O'Reilly and the rest of their band of spasm-inducing cretins.
quote: They get their douchebaggery all over everything...like a volcano spewing dust everywhere, so you can't avoid it no matter how much you'd really, really like to.
quote: And if you don't get MSNBC how do you get Fox News? Neither is a OTA channel and if your cable/satellite subscription gets Fox News it undoubtedly gets MSNBC.
quote: and the morons at either edge are nowhere even close to that reality.
quote: I can see where your confusion arises. You think that Democrats are liberal. They aren't. I hope that clears your confusion.
quote: However, guys like Ron Paul continually promote liberal ideas despite being a Republican all his life.
quote: Do yourself a favour: pick up a dictionary or even go to Wikipedia (I wouldn't dare suggest a book) and read up on it.
quote: Liberalism is about personal freedom. It's about equal rights. It's about education. These are just several of the cornerstones.
quote: I refer of course to such things as the military, police, fire departments, hospitals, road construction, education, etc., etc. All of these are socialist constructs.
quote: You think that Democrats are liberal. They aren't. I hope that clears your confusion.
quote: In America, we've simplified things down so that the Democratic platform = liberal and the Republican platform = conservative, but really, both sides are a blend, depending on the issue. Republicans are generally economically and fiscally liberal, and socially conservative, while Democrats are generally the opposite. Although I see the Republican party drifting towards conservativism on some economic issues, like free trade, which they are less in favor of than they were 10 or 20 years ago. Either way, though, common usage dictates the moniker of liberal to Dems and conservative to Republicans, no matter what their actual stance on issues is.
quote: And what does Maddow's sexual orientation have to do with anything? Is somehow the fact that she's lesbian a "liberal smear"?
quote: But Maddow's orientation has no direct bearing on her liberalism.
quote: There are plenty of people who don't consider "socialist" to be a dirty word
quote: Michael Moore is 100x smarter
quote: Fox News does provide balance to the news.
quote: Over the years Fox News is attempting to brainwash doomed people. It's refreshing to have a point of view slanted, which are never mentioned Fox News
quote: large niche
quote: Give Obama credit for moving towards the center for goodness' sake (on tax bill) - positive reinforcement is the way to get what you want, not this mindless toeing the party line BS that both sides are playing at.
quote: On top of that, all it gave us was a 2 year extension of too high taxes. 100 years ago, there was ZERO income tax. Now the top bracket gives over 1/3 of what they make to pay for government excess. What happened? What essential programs have been added in 100 years?
quote: 2) Public Office should be a middle wage job (~40K), and should reflect the nature of the job; aka a public service worker shouldn't be making millions under the table due to the legislation that they pass.
quote: “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” - Benjamin Franklin
quote: The people still have the means to take control of the government, if only we will have the guts to do it.
quote: "the south will rise again"
quote: 2) Public Office should be a middle wage job (~40K), and should reflect the nature of the job; aka a public service worker should be making millions under the table due to the legislation that they pass.
quote: Which is not what the quoted memo says
quote: ...we should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period
quote: But hey the guy is from Fox News so he must be some ultra right wing nut job who thinks the earth is 4000 years old, the dinosaurs didn't exist, and more.
quote: By the way the guy I just helped elect to Congress is named Tim Scott. A conservative Republican who's skin just happens to be *GASP!* black! Furthermore he rejected an invitation to join the Congressional Black Caucus because he doesn't believe the color of one's skin should impact their priorities and beliefs about what is good for America.
quote: You sir...too stupid.
quote: because i know there has to be a good chunk of honest people working in their news depts, but they are way over shadowed by the likes of glen beck and such.
quote: People's job as citizens is to take what they hear on the news and discover the truth of it. But I think Fox does a far better job of actually reporting on what actually happened than other programs. Sure they might overblow things Democrats do at times. But that's better than completely not reporting on stories that make Democrats look bad as the other networks have done since Obama took office.
quote: I'll gladly take news that takes a minor thing and blows it into "they're taking away your rights!!" over news that tries to justify why I should just shut up and agree with everything the government wants to do since otherwise I'm a bigot or racist because the color of my skin differs from that of our failure in chief.
quote: So because you are not the same color as our President, you assume everyone thinks you are racist because you disagree? Yeah you're not biased at all....
quote: No I HAVE HEARD ever other news organization STATE that people like me are racist because we disagree with the president.
quote: Now does that mean everyone does? No. But every news organization other than Fox tries to make the case that people who disagree with Obama and agree with the Tea Party are racists. They get morons like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to come on sputtering their tired lies that not wanting to spend trillions of dollars on entitlement programs, which statistics show go mostly to black and hispanic people, makes you a racist
quote: ...we should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.
quote: Of course whether man is causing warming is quite a different matter. That debate is still a very active one. But as the various recent incidents illustrate, precious few working on the topic -- regardless of their stance -- are approaching it from an unbiased perspective.
quote: To be fair to Mick, this is an editorial. He's not claiming to be "Fair and Balanced".
quote: Whether its happening or not is not settled
quote: Jason, you're just as biased as Media Matters.
quote: now with that letter they are denying the earth's climate has EVER changed. LOL
quote: Since the "facts" about global warming are in question
quote: Wouldn't it be better just to not say anything at all?
quote: After they "IMMEDIATELY point out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question," shouldn't they then "IMMEDIATELY point out that the questions being raised by those critics have also been called into question"?
quote: Incidentally, I just practiced what I preach.
quote: It's easier to simply call anyone looking into these facts as nuts than to actually look at the science. The libs will have no debate these days. If they say it we're supposed to follow like sheep.
quote: Conquering our planet's climate holds tremendous potential for the benefit of mankind.
quote: Unless we develop the technology to actually control the weather, we will never "conquer" our planet's climate.
quote: To do that we must properly understand how the climate operates. That will be impossible if the research, governmental, and journalistic communities continue to look at climate change research as a partisan debate and exhaust their energy trying to blindly prove their particular opinion. It's time to return to true science and open debate.