Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Fox News Channel: We Don't Report, So You Can't Decide ...

Fans of Fox News Channel like to suggest the cable network -- a favorite of the Bush Administration -- is not subject to the mythical "liberal media bias."

But in case after case, Fox News simply shills for the administration's viewpoints -- its beliefs in theory, if not in practice -- and cheats, when necessary, to make those views look more palatable. In other words: they don't report, so conservative viewers can't decide.

Consider Fox News' May 18 coverage of the new Al Gore documentary on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth."

As first reported by the website NewsHounds, Fox News' Mike Emanuel -- a reporter, not a pundit -- left out key background information when shilling, er, reporting, on the Gore documentary.

Emanuel noted the film was about "what he [Gore] calls 'the climate crisis." To counter Gore's view -- which is shared by nearly every major objective science institute on the planet -- Emanuel said the premise was disputed by groups such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Hmmm. Sounds like two sides of an argument, right? But what is the Competitive Enterprise Institute? What is the National Center for Policy Analysis? Are these objective scientific non-profits, or corporate-subsidized providers of junk science? Emanuel doesn't report, so Fox News viewers can't decide.

A simple search on Sourcewatch provides the answer. But when you are shilling, you have to leave out key facts to make the reporting "sound" better. Facts are obstacles.

--Funding for the Competitive Enterprise Institute comes from Amoco Foundation, American Petroleum Institute, ARCO Foundation, ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Motors, Texaco Inc., and Texaco Foundation, among others.

--Funding for the National Center for Policy Analysis comes from DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, El Paso Energy Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation and Koch Foundation, among others.

Hardly an objective bunch to discuss global warming, or the Bush Administration's response to that discussion.

As NewsHounds notes: "By withholding this information, Emanuel made it seem like Gore's opponents are disinterested groups taking a different view based on their reading of the 'science' instead of mere shills for rich people whose interests are being threatened."

Maybe that's what has led some conservatives to mock Gore. If you believe in scientific data, you must be a "liberal." You must be a tree-hugger. A Green Party extremist. A socialist. A communist. You must be listening to the Harvard liberals over on NPR. You must be mocked. You must be silenced.

In this twisted reality, facts play second fiddle to politics. Corporate-subsidized junk science is not only given equal standing, but preferred standing -- no matter how manipulated that science is -- to provide a politically and financially palatable result.

11 Comments:

Blogger C R Mountjoy - GDF said...

Interesting insight. Ture in some respects. But since Al Gore said he invented the internet when he talked to Wolf Blitzer back in 99, I guess we have to believe everything else he says is accurate as well, correct?

Great Piece!

10:33 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

To the poster above.
I hope you are not serious.
It should have by now been made more than clear to you that Gore never stated he invented the Internet. He merely stated in 1999 that he took the legislative initiative that had assisted in the growth of the Internet and its use by congress. His comment was almost immediately taken out of context by Republicans/conservatives drones desparately seeking a reason to make Gore look like a fool.
Despite the fact this spin has been repeatedly debunked in the media by objective sources, we continue to hear it repeated by idiots today who obviously have their radio station dials hopelessly glued into position to a Rush, a Hannity or a Levin.
I guess now the Right has a new excuse with Gore's Inconvenient Truth movie to dredge up more fraudulent attempts to discredit him.
Someone please provide a link to the discussion debunking the Gore Internet claim appearing on JABBS some time ago.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Sniffer said...

C'mon Way you don't have evident yourself that Gore indeed did not claim that. I'll be nice and educate folks:

"Despite the derisive references that continue even today, Al Gore did not claim he "invented" the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way. The "Al Gore said he 'invented' the Internet" put-downs were misleading, out-of-context distortions of something he said during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "Late Edition" program on 9 March 1999. When asked to describe what distinguished him from his challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, Gore replied (in part):
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.
Clearly, although Gore's phrasing was clumsy (and perhaps self-serving), he was not claiming that he "invented" the Internet (in the sense of having designed or implemented it), but that he was responsible, in an economic and legislative sense, for fostering the development the technology that we now know as the Internet."

As to this specific post, my problem as I stated earlier is not that what Gore is preaching about is true or valid its whether or not he and liberals like yourselves believe it yourself, and the fact that he said most of the crap that is in his movie YEARS ago, its not new. Was it important while he was Vice? If so they why did he not push for it while in office, if it was important to you liberals back then as it appears to be to you now, all of you bloggers should be pushing for world saving legislation, dude says “we are doomed” did he not?
Are we doomed or not, gentleman, ladies? Hello! Is this thing on!?

2:06 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Sniffer, maybe if you spent as much energy actually VIEWING Gore's movie and taking an objective look at the information, instead of contriving a bunch of lame excuses to put on a blindfold, maybe you might have something worthwhile to post.
As I asked earlier, tell us, what gives you reason to believe the opposition stemming almost exclusively from big oil interests have more credibility than Gore's research?
Gore has found new support for his
global warming science and not repeating the same "crap" he said years ago, and to ask why he
didn't actively pursue the cause as vice president makes about as much sense as questioning why Bush didn't focus on immigration reform until recent months.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

The history of the smear on Al Gore is actually provided by JABBS in a link to the earlier item on Bush saying "Doubt it."

Click on the line JABBS highlighted about GOP myths about Gore.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Sniffer said...

War, dude, I will NEVER take anything Gore says seriously, besides like I have said countless times before, I have heard what he has to say on the environment, ITS NOT NEW, what part of that do you not get in my responses, NOTHING, NADA in his movie is new!
Bottom line I do not believe nor have I ever believed that we MAN can have that significant of an impact on the environment, what Gore and all of these liberal scientists say is CRAP, just flat bullshit!
As always follow the political or GRANT money trail. People (organizations) are awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to do what RESEARCH, come up with theories, hypothesis, conflicting points of view we people like you and I can do what debate…. er uh argue over the crap.
We can’t even change the weather, make it rain, control hurricanes, stop volcanoes, predict earthquakes.
Folks I don’t know how many people read this site or these comments, but forget liberal, conservative, D or R, ask yourself if we had that much control over our environment don’t you think we would be controlling the weather, growing and supplying food over in Africa? Don’t you think some opportunist would be taking advantage of that?

Gore no doubts uses Katrina, to rant about how Hurricanes are getting worse, which is a joke! As long as crazy ass people refuse to heed the warning about living in coastal environments they are going to get their butts blown away and flooded out AND THEN expect the gubment to bail them out. Gore’s doom and gloom forecast for people on the coastlines has nothing to do with the earth’s climate change it’s peoples stupidity.
Also in case I have not mentioned, refreshing your minds on Katrina, you liberals keep forgetting most of the people got out as they were told. The people who were left behind were criminals, single moms with multiple children, most were grossly undereducated or illiterate, drug users and the very frail elderly. All left to their own devices by a criminal liberal leadership structure. You liberals helped put those people in a jacked up position, but naw I know Bush was not paying attention…….yada yada. Anywho Gore blames Bush and EVIL mother nature.

I recently peeped a story where a dude has a “summer home” in the Keys and thanks to our Gubments relief funding his “summer home” has be rebuilt 3 times!
They said yesterday that New Orleans is sinking up two 1 ½ inches a YEAR!
BUT people want to pump in billions of dollars to rebuild there. Tell me what the hell does that have to do with Gore’s doom and gloom scenario? Hello, don’t build in NOLA it stupid.

See I can’t take you liberals seriously. Just like a young dude who was here in my office, chatting with dude and he is going off on Bush and his policies on the environment and going to war for oil rant you liberals engage in. I walk with dude outside as we are leaving, guess what he is driving and BRAND NEW FORD EXPEDITION! Hello.
You liberals obviously don’t jive your political reality with REAL WORLD reality.
I bet this kid was totally serious and believed what he was saying to me. But this is typical of you folks on the left.

Just like you War and Wilmington Rob, you chastise me for bashing liberals and the stuff I post on my blog but as I have stated here as I have elsewhere countless times is I read FAR more liberal material than right leaning material.
War called some of the folks I post right wing hacks. George Will and certainly Thomas Sowell likely the top conservative thinker in the country are far from being hacks.
I read so much liberal material frankly I can frame your rant better than you can, without mentioning BUSH!

10:58 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Sniffer, after expressing your baseless right-wing bias towards Gore, you go on to say "what Gore and all of these liberal scientists say is CRAP, just flat bullshit"
The findings do not all come from "liberal" scientists, if there is such a thing.

Science Magazine has analyzed 928 peer-reviewed scientific papers on global warming published between 1993 and 2003. Not a single one challenged the scientific consensus that the earth’s temperature is rising due to human activity. The U.S. Climate Change Science Program concluded that humans are driving the warming trend through greenhouse gas emissions. And the EPA has said that the recent warming trend “is real and has been particularly strong within the past 20 years…due mostly to human activities.”

The conclusion is generally that the science that humans are causing climate change since the industrial revolution is not questioned because the science behind global warming is indisputable.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Sniffer said...

War dude, clearly we is not on the same page.

So here are some links for the hell of it. Ok all of what you and Al Gore say is fact. We are all doomed, we are all going to die, you know what screw it, stop paying taxes, stop voting, stop driving as Gore states WE ARE DOOMED!
Just quit your jobs, pull money out of your banks, run for the hills, its OVER!
THIS DUDE HAS IT RIGHT!

"In my view, climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today -- more serious even than the threat of terrorism."
With this warning to an international science meeting in February 2004, David A. King, Chief Scientific Advisor to the British Government, brought the issue of global warming into sharp focus.


http://www.junkscience.com/news/robinson.htm

http://www.ourcivilisation.com/aginatur/prog1.htm#suspend

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=1824

http://www.look-to-the-skies.com/new_page_3.htm

http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/global_warming_myths.htm

http://www.environmentaldefense.org/documents/382_myths.htm (LIBERAL)

Like I said you liberals are disingenuous on this issue it’s off the charts.
You are desperate to give that fool Gore some measure of credibility for a possible 08 run you will blindly accept anything he says.

12:58 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Sniffer, when I have time I will demonstrate most of your pseudo, right-biased analysts linked above represent for the most part distortions of the findings of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Panel on Climate Change.
Such data can be traced as a front for a hidden agenda of the oil companies to save themselves billions of dollars to correct an urgent problem. In the conservative's jaundiced view of the world, a threat to corporate interests is a threat to them.
But even more offensive than slanted research are conservatives like yourself who will not even acknowledge what Gore has to say with blind statements like the ones made by you: He's a "fool" and an "idiot" and "I will not listen to anything he has to say."
Where could such a deep inner prejudice and hatred possibly lie?
I sense you and others of your ilk feel threatened by Gore because he won the 2000 election and would have made a miles better president than your hopelessly failed selection of George Dubya.
As a result, you instantly write off Gore's years of impassioned and comprehensive research on global warming, and you baselessly disregard and discredit his insistence he is not acting out of political or personal gain, rather a moral obligation.
Similar to the fallacious badges you stick on Liberals, your allusions to Gore's true motivations can be characterized as mythical and stereotypical.
We can only be thankful we don't have any such blind, biased, prejudicial, close-minded idiots in leadership position.
Oh yeah, I forgot, we have somebody just like that purporting to be the leader of the free world.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Rich Ard said...

We can only be thankful we don't have any such blind, biased, prejudicial, close-minded idiots in leadership position (sic).

Like I said you liberals are disingenuous on this issue it’s off the charts.

In the conservative's jaundiced view of the world, a threat to corporate interests is a threat to them.

Right! Left! Right! Let me get this straight - you guys are spending your free time making up political party jokes? Bet that's helping some useful cause.

Politics in America: Like Recess, But With More Absurd Stereotypes!

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Shalana said...

I really don't think the Fox Network should be considered "news." I think it should be considered a 24/hour commentary channel.

After all, this is the very same network that, on Election Night 2000, allowed then-candidate George Bush's first cousin, John Ellis, to help man their Decision Desk on Election Night.

As we all know, Fox "New" was the very first network to call Florida (and the presidency) for George W. Bush. And his cousin John Ellis helped make that call by working the Decision Desk on Election Night.

Moreover, he was constantly on the phone with George W. AND Jeb while he was working for Fox News on Election Night.

Now if CNN or MSNBC had hired a relative of Al Gore's to work their decision desk, the right-wing would have had a field day!

More on John Ellis here:

http://archive.salon.com/politics/feature/2000/11/15/ellis/index.html

9:58 PM  

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