Sep 23

Newsweek, Murdoch, and the Politics of Wordplay

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Via my friend Thomas Richard at Climate Change Fraud:

In the current issue of Newsweek dated Sept. 28, 2009, it kicks off it’s greenest companies in America—in an apparent attempt to apply green guilt to those who don’t make the top 100—with a quote by Rupert Murdoch [see image].

I have to admit that until recently I was somewhat wary of the warming debate. But I believe it is now our responsibility to take the lead on this issue.

I was curious about the quote, and did a little Googling. Turns out the quote is anything but recent. It is from 3 years ago, November 2006 to be precise. And in typical Newsweek fashion, they left out the quote date, circumstances, and the rest of what he had to say on the subject:

How much of it is warming due to human error is open to debate.

For regular readers of Newsweek (we know you are out there!), this is part and parcel in its attempts to misdirect the public. Many fence-sitters and AGW believers in 2006 are now skeptics. Is Murdoch a believer, lukewarmer, or skeptic? I don’t know. And apparently Newsweek doesn’t either.

One thing is telling: Murdoch’s News Corp. came in at 270 out of 500 companies ranked.

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Jun 01

Thomas Richard at Climate Change Fraud writes:

The excerpted article below, Hurricane barriers floated to keep sea out of NYC, written by Jennifer Peltz of the Associated Press, is a tutorial on how to create a groundless, baseless, fear-mongering hit piece. First, you begin with a frightening opening paragraph just in case the reader wasn’t paying attention to the headline:

When experts sketch out nightmare hurricane scenarios, a New York strike tends to be high on the list. Besides shaking skyscrapers, a major hurricane could send the Atlantic Ocean surging into the nation’s largest city, flooding Wall Street, subways and densely packed neighborhoods.

Continue with a possible, though improbable, solution as ridiculous and embarrassing as the subject itself:

As a new hurricane season starts Monday, some scientists and engineers are floating an ambitious solution: Barriers to choke off the surging sea and protect flood-prone areas. The plan involves deploying giant barriers and gates that would move into place — in some cases rising out of the water — for storms. One proposal calls for a 5-mile-long barrier between New Jersey and Queens.

Glob on some more alarm and what-if scenarios:

New Yorkers are “living under the volcano, and people haven’t thought about it,” says Douglas Hill, an engineer who began discussing the idea several years ago with Stony Brook University oceanography professor Malcolm J. Bowman.

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