Al Gore Blames the Media for Global-Warming Inaction

Here’s what he had to say. I would argue that he is, um, wrong. Anyone who can say with a straight face that the mainstream media’s portrayal of global warming has been overly skeptical deserves — well, an Oscar.

P.S.: David Remnick wrote a very interesting essay on Gore in this week’s New Yorker (and his long Gore profile from a year or two ago was fantastic); I very much would have liked to see the Saturday Night Live sketch described therein.

P.P.S.: How does Remnick serve as the New Yorker’s editor and write more articles, and better ones, than most of the writers there? Forget Seth Roberts’s sugar water; I want for breakfast whatever Remnick has.

(Hat tip: Jim Romenesko)

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  1. pkimelma says:

    Stephen: “whereas, another study found that 53 percent of mainstream newspaper articles disagreed the global warming premise.”. He was quoting a study (the article does not say which study).
    The issue was more with regards to media articles not explaining the consensus among most scientists who actually study such things (we have so many talking head “scientists” on cable news who have something to say on every subject, that you may forget that science as a field is quite broad).
    You also need to realize that the MSM does not just include the New York Times, but many other outlets. This study would have included Fox News for example.

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  2. pkimelma says:

    Stephen: “whereas, another study found that 53 percent of mainstream newspaper articles disagreed the global warming premise.”. He was quoting a study (the article does not say which study).
    The issue was more with regards to media articles not explaining the consensus among most scientists who actually study such things (we have so many talking head “scientists” on cable news who have something to say on every subject, that you may forget that science as a field is quite broad).
    You also need to realize that the MSM does not just include the New York Times, but many other outlets. This study would have included Fox News for example.

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  3. egretman says:

    Yeah, Dubner, I think you finally got one wrong. You seem to be referring more to the recent attention that global warming has gotten in the pulp media whereas Gore was referring to the last few years of media analysis.

    He’s exactly right when he says, “They have failed to report that it is the consensus and instead have chosen … balance as bias.”

    “Balance as Bias”, it’s the new Faux News way.

    Having said that though, I must admit that after studying Non-linear Chaotic Systems as my graduate degree, the believe that scientists know exactly what the results of excess CO2 buildup will be is to believe in fairy tales.

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  4. egretman says:

    Yeah, Dubner, I think you finally got one wrong. You seem to be referring more to the recent attention that global warming has gotten in the pulp media whereas Gore was referring to the last few years of media analysis.

    He’s exactly right when he says, “They have failed to report that it is the consensus and instead have chosen … balance as bias.”

    “Balance as Bias”, it’s the new Faux News way.

    Having said that though, I must admit that after studying Non-linear Chaotic Systems as my graduate degree, the believe that scientists know exactly what the results of excess CO2 buildup will be is to believe in fairy tales.

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  5. grendelkhan says:

    Saying that Gore is “um, wrong” is not the same as arguing that he is. A point was made about the discrepancy between the state of contention in the media versus the state of contention in the scientific literature; a conclusion was drawn that the media was presenting a distorted view of the science.

    Did I miss the part where “arguing” now means simply saying “um, wrong”?

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  6. grendelkhan says:

    Saying that Gore is “um, wrong” is not the same as arguing that he is. A point was made about the discrepancy between the state of contention in the media versus the state of contention in the scientific literature; a conclusion was drawn that the media was presenting a distorted view of the science.

    Did I miss the part where “arguing” now means simply saying “um, wrong”?

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