I get e-mail: Media Matters calls bluffs of climate change “skeptics”


Media Matters may be a site worth tracking more closely, not only on climate issues:

Media Matters: The greatest science “scandal” “in the history of man” predictably falls apart

In their never-ending quest to prove that they understand the intricacies of climate science better than actual climate scientists, conservative media figures routinely promote any ridiculous “evidence” they think undermines the scientific consensus about climate change.

This is a group that repeatedly points to snowstorms in February as proof that global warming is not real; claims that CO2 can’t be a pollutant because “we breathe” it; and ignores actual temperature data to baselessly claim that the Earth is really “cooling.”

Last year, conservative climate change skeptics, in the words of Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel, thought they had found a “gold mine.” Conservative media figures seized on emails stolen from climate scientists and proceeded to completely distort their contents. As we pointed out repeatedly at the time, this “scandal” relied on outrageous misrepresentations of the stolen emails and did not in any way undermine the scientific consensus about climate change.

Nevertheless, conservative media figures incessantly hyped the non-scandal with their usual overblown rhetoric:

  • Glenn Beck — who says he is not a conspiracy theorist, remember — suggested in the wake of “Climategate” that climate change is a “scam.” He also said that if the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report “had been done by Japanese scientists, there is not enough knives on planet Earth for hara-kiri.”
  • Noted climatologist Rush Limbaugh, who frequently decries the supposed global warming “hoax,” proposed that all of the scientists involved in “Climategate” should be “named and fired, drawn and quartered, or whatever it is.”
  • Andrew Breitbart called for “capital punishment” for NASA scientist James Hansen, because “Climategate” was supposedly “high treason.”
  • The Washington Times, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Investor’s Business Daily, The American Spectator’s Robert Stacy McCain, Rich Lowry, Newsmax’s James Hirsen, and Michael Ledeen all joined forces to smear the scientific consensus on climate change as a “cult.”
  • Fox News’ Mike Huckabee explained that “Jesus would be a truthseeker” while discussing the “revelation” that scientists had “cooked” climate change data.

The crew at Fox & Friends spent this year’s Earth Day promoting an important cause. No, not encouraging environmental consciousness — they devoted the show to pushing “Climategate” falsehoods in order to falsely claim that “scientists held back data that discredits theories on global warming.” They were joined by Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, who was there to complain about non-Fox networks “dismiss[ing]” and “ignor[ing]” the story.

Last December, Bozell told Lou Dobbs that “Climategate” is the “biggest scandal in terms of science, finance, and politics … in the history of man.” After Bozell compared the climate science “cover-up” to “the craziness” of Dan Brown’s fiction, he actually managed to draw laughter from Dobbs. Unfortunately, contrary to Bozell’s suggestion that media outlets ignored the story, numerous non-Fox “Climategate” stories adopted conservatives’ dishonest framing of the non-story.

And now for the inevitable conclusion of this manufactured controversy.

As reported by The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin — who, by the way, Rush Limbaugh thinks should “just go kill” himself — the Independent Climate Change Email Review “cleared climate scientists and administrators” involved in “Climategate” of “malfeasance.” This follows several other exonerations of the scientists involved in the phony scandal. In response, Media Matters, joined by numerous progressive and clean energy groups, called on all outlets that reported on the original “Climategate” controversy to set the record straight.

So this leaves us where we were before the “Climategate” freakout: There is still overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the theory of global warming.

And once again conservative media proved that they don’t hesitate to rely on blatant distortions, outright falsehoods, and a complete disregard for reality to advance their political causes.

Mainstream media outlets would be doing everyone a service if they remembered that the next time they decide to report on whatever Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox News, and the perpetual conservative outrage machine are yelling about.

Conservatives’ phony scandal of the week: The Obama Justice Department and the New Black Panther Party

While we’re on the subject of manufactured scandals that respectable media outlets shouldn’t take seriously, Fox News and its friends in the conservative echo chamber spent much of the week promoting phony, trumped-up allegations against the Justice Department.

In short, conservative media outlets have been aggressively promoting the charge by GOP activist J. Christian Adams that President Obama’s Justice Department engaged in racially charged “corruption” when it partially dismissed a case against members of the New Black Panther Party for allegedly engaging in voter intimidation outside of a Philadelphia polling center on Election Day in 2008.

As we have documented extensively, Adams should not be trusted. He is a long-time right-wing activist with extensive ties to the Bush-era politicization of the Justice Department. Adams himself has admitted that he lacks first-hand knowledge to support his accusations. Additionally, Adams’ charge that the DOJ’s action in the New Black Panther case shows unprecedented, racially motivated corruption is undermined by the fact that the Obama DOJ obtained judgment against one of the defendants, and that the Bush DOJ declined to pursue similar allegations against a group of Minutemen — one of whom was carrying a gun — in 2006.

Even the Republican vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called the New Black Panthers case “very small potatoes” and said an investigation into the DOJ’s decision is full of “overheated rhetoric filled with insinuations and unsubstantiated charges.”

And yet again, the fact that this is a completely manufactured scandal didn’t stop conservative media figures from engaging in one of their time-honored traditions: attempting to obscure their own problems with race by accusing others of racism.

Radio host Jim Quinn — who once told “race-baiting” African-American “ingrates” to “get on your knees” and “kiss the American dirt” because slavery brought them to the U.S. — hyped the New Black Panther story by calling the civil rights community “race-baiting poverty pimps.”

Rush Limbaugh — who earlier this week announced that if Obama wasn’t black he’d be a “tour guide in Honolulu” and claimed Obama is using the office of the presidency to seek “payback” for the country’s history of racism — forwarded Adams’ charge that the case was dropped because of racially charged corruption.

Beck, who infamously called President Obama a “racist” with a “deep seated hatred for white people or the white culture,” declared that the Obama administration is “full” of “people that will excuse” the “hatred” of the New Black Panthers. He also relied on falsehoods to try to connect Obama to the New Black Panthers, and claimed today that the New Black Panthers are part of Obama’s “army of thugs.”

Of course, the New Black Panthers are a fringe hate group, and only a cynical race-baiter like Glenn Beck would claim they are somehow part of Barack Obama’s imaginary “army of thugs.”

But I’m sure they appreciate all of the publicity, courtesy of Glenn Beck and Fox News.

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This week also marked the launch of Beck’s latest attempt to grab money from “educate” his audience: Beck University.

As Beck described it, the online Beck University is an “academic program” that would be a “unique experience bringing together experts in the fields of religion, American history, and economics.” At the outset of the first “course” — Faith 101, with frequent Beck guest/promoter of historical misinformation David Barton — Beck announced that viewers “will learn more in the next hour than you’ve probably learned in your entire life about American history.”

Laughable hyperbole aside, as we pointed out this week, Glenn Beck is uniquely unqualified to found a university, considering he regularly traffics in bizarre conspiracy theories, distortions, and downright falsehoods on a wide variety of subjects.

The day after the first “course” at Beck University, Beck stood in front of his blackboard and labeled various historical figures “heros” or “villians.”

And lastly, by my count, between his TV show last night and his radio program today, Beck launched no fewer than four baseless charges that, by his standards, should get him fired.

This weekly wrap-up was compiled by Media Matters’ Ben Dimiero.

Whom the gods destroy, they first make mad, Euripides said (paraphrased).  With that ancient wisdom in hand, one might be well advised not to stand next to Glenn Beck or Fox News.

If Glenn Beck wishes to know the evils of Woodrow Wilson or Theodore Roosevelt, I can point him to sources.  In spite of those evils, however, they remain heroes of American history for the good things they did.  Beck criticizes them for those good things, however, and not for their failures (including Wilson’s patent racism, and Roosevelt’s failure to push for integration at opportune times — to Beck, those would be virtues, I fear).

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9 Responses to I get e-mail: Media Matters calls bluffs of climate change “skeptics”

  1. çorum haber says:

    thanks for good article

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  2. Nick K says:

    Joe writes:
    “We have not had a chance to view, read, or critique some of the most serious and far reaching legislation ever to be ratified by a free country nor do we know most of the so called Czars appointed to implement them.”

    All laws, in so far as I know, can be accessed through the congressional website. For example the health care reform bill/law was up on the website months before it ever came to a vote.

    Secondly…this is a Republic, Joe. This is not a pure democracy. You don’t get approval/disapproval rights on every law or person appointed to fill a position. Your elected officials are the ones that get that vote.

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Beck took spelling from Dan “Spud” Quayle.

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  4. Mark F. says:

    One would think that Glenn Beck (super genius!) would at least spell his drivel correctly. Shouldn’t the title on his blackboard be “Heroes or Villains” rather than “Heros or Villians”?

    Maybe he’s thinking of “vaudevillians”?

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  6. Ediacaran says:

    Joe whines: “We have not had a chance to view, read, or critique some of the most serious and far reaching legislation ever to be ratified by a free country nor do we know most of the so called Czars appointed to implement them.”

    Clearly you have internet access, and the Obama administration has made great improvements on giving information on legislation and a greater voice to “we the people”. particularly compared to the “compassionate conservative” war criminals involved in previous administrations.

    Want to “view, read, or critique” pending legislation?

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/pending-legislation

    http://thomas.loc.gov/

    As for Ed’s question about the Boy Scout/Girl Scout recruting meeting, the Girl Scouts seem to be pretty inclusive, but homosexuals and atheists needn’t bother with the Boy Scouts of America – they’re not wanted by the bigotted BSA leadership. Let’s hope the decent people within the organization someday overcome the bigots in leadership, the sooner, the better.

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  7. Ed Darrell says:

    The know-it-alls of the world are having a field day.

    And doing serious damage to our government and the morale of our people. But you can’t just shoot Rush Limbaugh — despite his nasty views, we believe even the self-appointed know-it-alls have rights.

    Which is why I appeal to you to get the facts and not pay attention to the bizarre claims these guys make.

    Which group right or left is the bearer of truth?

    You’ll do well to stick to well-known news outlets who have libel lawyers who advise them, who have advertisers who complain if they get too far out, and who have been around a while. Even they can get things wrong, but they are self-correcting, unlike Fox TV News, unlike Rush Limbaugh, unlike the Republican Party, unlike the corporation that is soaking people to run the Tea Party Propaganda Corp.

    The fact is that the Washington pimps and the Hollywood whores are having our cake and eating it as well as our grandchildren’s ice cream.

    You can stop that. Vote Democrat in November.

    Everyone says everyone else is full of BS. Who is right? The left or the right? Only time will tell.

    Now, generally the Democrats, who are well to the right of left. It’s ironic to say it, but we should cling to some traditional values here — don’t listen to those yahoos who claim to be channeling Jesus or George Washington. They are not.

    Hitler was a hero till he became a devil, but who empowered him except a bunch of deluded people who did not have the facts. Fact: Less than 10% of Nazi Germany was Nazi and look what evil they perpetrated.

    Hitler won the popular vote in 1932. It’s not accurate to say the Nazi Party had only 10% support. It’s not enough to say you’re not a fascist — you have to work to stop fascism, vote regularly, and speak up against wrongs. Our democratic system isn’t flawless, and it’s not impregnable against fascism at all — but it’s the best system we have. You must speak against fascism to prevent it, though.

    The fight between good and evil is unending and happening as we speak. One thing for sure: the majority does not want what is being foisted upon them or our future generations.

    Then it’s time for the majority to get off its duff and speak up. I’m sure you’re right: The majority doesn’t want a deeper depression, but unless they call John Boehner and tell him to stop it, we’re going to get a replay of 1936’s economic disaster. The majority doesn’t want health care dictated by insurance companies, but unless the Democrats stand up against the Republicans, we’re going to keep a health care system with runaway inflation — worse, the Republicans are campaigning to keep that broken system. Did you get that? Republicans are campaigning to keep runaway inflation in health care.

    Maybe worse, I’m not sure that you get it. I gather you might even be in favor of runaway inflation in health care. You’re being awfully coy in your statements.

    We must think twice before passing a law that no one wants and appointing someone who no one knows just because we have enough votes to squeak them through.

    No, this is a republic. We elect people of sound judgment to do what is right, even if the majority opposes it. Plus, there are no appointments made of “someone who no one knows.” Too many people don’t bother to read the newspapers — but that’s not a way we can run the most powerful nation in the world. If one doesn’t know those well-qualified, well-known people Obama appoints, it’s not Obama’s fault.

    We have not had a chance to view, read, or critique some of the most serious and far reaching legislation ever to be ratified by a free country nor do we know most of the so called Czars appointed to implement them.

    But Nixon is gone. You’re talking way, way in the past. Worse, you’re making noises like you want to bring Nixon back.

    If you are unaware of what is going on in Congress, first, you elected someone to represent you in that case, and second, it’s not rational, reasonable, or practical to stop government in times of crisis to wait for you to catch up.

    Who are these Csars?

    “Czar” is the Russian version of “Caesar,” a title from the Holy Roman Empire. (Similar to “Kaiser,” the German version of the word.) The Czars were the rulers of Russia prior to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. You could read about them in history books.

    Czar Nicholas II was the last one. He and his family were murdered. There are no more czars.

    Both their title and their power scares me.

    Are you talking about advisors to the president who get dubbed “czar” by a reporter? You really, really need to read a lot more newspapers. A newspaper reporter cannot create anyone with power like a czar. Calling someone a czar is not official, and has no meaning.

    This is a fact: someone without proper legal documentation cannot get a job in the White House cleaning toilets and yet we currently have a bunch of Czars and a president we know little to nothing about and who have not released any/all of their documents and they are running the show. Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

    You’re making stuff up. There is no one with absolute power in any branch of government, not the president, not the Supreme Court collectively, not Congress, not anyone.

    “A bunch of czars?” Where did you find that hallucination? What in the world are you talking about?

    Where are the George Washingtons, the John Adams, and the Thomas Jeffersons?

    They’re dead, but they left us the Constitution, and legacy of good government by wise and capable people. Today, their equivalents walk among us — but as they experienced in their time, today’s George Washingtons and Thomas Jeffersons and John Adamses get little respect. We know them in retrospect. Someday we’ll lament our having made fun of Michael Dukakis, a latter-day John Adams, when we needed him most. Someday we’ll look back on the horrible criticism rained on Barack Obama as biased hoo-haw, like that hateful things said about Abraham Lincoln when he was president.

    But today? Well, are you willing to stand up for those taking the heat for doing the right things? You can be a patriot, too. If you stand up, ypu can be a patriot.

    When are the real men going to stand up for what is right regardless of what is in it for them? Where are you? We need you now more than we have ever needed anything. Help us and save our America and our way of life.

    I’m right here, standing for truth, justice, and the American way. I didn’t see you at the convention two weeks ago. I didn’t see you at the phone bank. I didn’t see you at the city council meeting last week. I didn’t see you at the school board meeting last month. Did you testify at the Texas State Board of Education when they were eviscerating social studies standards? I didn’t see your name or your organization on the witness list. I don’t recall you from church last week, when we held the collection for the local food bank, which is suffering because so many people are out of work. Will you be at the Boy Scout/Girl Scout recruiting meeting?

    When will you stand up?

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  8. Nick K says:

    You know the title “Csar” when it applies to anyone in the government of the United States is a term conjured by the media in this country and is not actually an official title, right?

    Also..you do know that both Ronald Reagan and George W Bush had more “Csars” serving under them then Obama right?

    As for the rest of what you said…it’s drivel and nothing more.

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  9. joe marko says:

    The know-it-alls of the world are having a field day. Which group right or left is the bearer of truth? The fact is that the Washington pimps and the Hollywood whores are having our cake and eating it as well as our grandchildren’s ice cream. Everyone says everyone else is full of BS. Who is right? The left or the right? Only time will tell.
    Hitler was a hero till he became a devil, but who empowered him except a bunch of deluded people who did not have the facts. Fact: Less than 10% of Nazi Germany was Nazi and look what evil they perpetrated. The fight between good and evil is unending and happening as we speak. One thing for sure: the majority does not want what is being foisted upon them or our future generations.
    We must think twice before passing a law that no one wants and appointing someone who no one knows just because we have enough votes to squeak them through. We have not had a chance to view, read, or critique some of the most serious and far reaching legislation ever to be ratified by a free country nor do we know most of the so called Czars appointed to implement them.
    Who are these Csars? Both their title and their power scares me. This is a fact: someone without proper legal documentation cannot get a job in the White House cleaning toilets and yet we currently have a bunch of Czars and a president we know little to nothing about and who have not released any/all of their documents and they are running the show. Something is seriously wrong with this picture.
    Where are the George Washingtons, the John Adams, and the Thomas Jeffersons? When are the real men going to stand up for what is right regardless of what is in it for them? Where are you? We need you now more than we have ever needed anything. Help us and save our America and our way of life.

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