November 14, 2006

Global Smarming

If only Big Media applied the following logic to other matters:

"The skeptics who get vocal are vilified," said Marc Morano, director of communications for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The committee chairman, Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, has enraged environmentalists by calling global warming alarmist and a hoax.

Morano was invited to be part of a panel discussion on how best to convey the issue of climate change in the media. His fellow panelists, including Jules Boykoff of Pacific University in Oregon, argued that skeptics actually get too much attention in the press.

Efforts by journalists to create "balanced" stories on global warming allow "a handful of skeptics . . . to be treated as equals to thousands of scientists," said Boykoff, an assistant professor in the department of politics and government.

Note the "science" credentials of Professor Boykoff. I agree that the journalistic technique here is ridiculous, but this doesn't in and of itself invalidate the criticism of global warming.

Posted by Charles Austin at November 14, 2006 04:30 PM