Sunday, October 30, 2011

Our Lousy Media

Consider this series of screenshots (via Shawn in comments):

There was an interesting report released this week.
But if you watched Fox, you wouldn't know.
To be fair and balanced, NPR isn't doing any better.
Nothing new here, either.
Elsewhere, there's a fair amount of chatter.
Why is this important, you wonder?
Because the end of the controversy isn't being reported like the beginning.
The false accusations against the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit were widely reported, even in less biased news organizations, despite the evidence being thin.
But the final proof that they were false, and that the observational record that underlies the theory of anthropogenic climate change is solid, is absent from the airwaves so far.

Controversy sells.

Denouement doesn't .

But by not reporting both equally, our media creates false impressions.
And it's one of the reasons our media sucks.

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