Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mainstream Media busted by Newsbusters

In an article titled "Pro-Global Warming Study Receives Worldwide Headlines; Discovery of Error in Study Garners Op-Ed in One Paper" by Amy Ridenour, Amy shows the bias of the MSM to AGW.

Professor Eric Steig published a paper in the once respected Journal "Nature" which, contrary to other reports including IPCC reports which showed Antarctica was cooling, showed by his calculations that the reverse was the "fact."

The Stieg paper's release was covered by 27 newspapers, including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle & Los Angeles Times, by CNN, by the Associated Press, by NPR and quite a few others.

But when a noteworthy error was found in Stieg's research less than two weeks after it's publication, of the mainstream press, only an opinion column in the London Telegraph and a blog associated with the Australian Herald Sun carried the news. After independent analyst Steve McIntyre discovered a major error in the data, and released his results on his influential blog Climate Audit beginning on February 1, based on a Nexis search I conducted today, none of these outlets chose to inform their readers.

After she lists what the Media reports were (and they are worth reading to show the MSM bias), she goes on:
Co-authors of Stieg's paper included David Schneider of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Scott Rutherford of Roger Williams University, Michael Mann of Penn State, Josefino Comiso of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Drew Shindell of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Followers of the global warming issue will easily recognize Michael Mann as the proponent of the since-disgraced "hockey stick" global warming graph and an activist global warming activist and the Goddard Institute as run by one of the world's most infamous global warming alarmists, James Hansen. Stieg himself is a contributor to the ardently pro-alarmist and environmentalist-supported PR blog RealClimate. Despite this, none of the mainstream press stories I reviewed mentioned the activism activities of authors.

That Hockey stick Mann again. That name alone should have given a warning notice to the reporters!

Deconstructing the Steig AWS Reconstruction
by Roman Murelka on February 6th, 2009

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