How To Tell If The Article About Climate You Are Reading Is B.S., In Four Easy Steps | ThinkProgress

April 18th, 2015 by | 2

Corporatist pseudo-news creates false equivalencies and narratives to confuse about the issue of human-influenced climate change. Joe Rumm argues in this April 17 ThinkProgress.org article the so-called credible media sources often are not to be relied upon for accurate information about climate change. He cites recent articles in The New Yorker and the New York Times. Rumm adds anything written by George Will or published in a Murdoch-owned news outlet such as the Wall Street Journal as time-wasters. Just as corporatists have captured the Republican Party and some of the Democratic Party, they have also captured the news media.

In the interest of time, let’s cut directly to the second most important thing you’ll read on climate change this year, the time-saving secrets:

Skip climate articles by people who think the problem is hopeless or intractable — because it most certainly is not.

Skip articles written by George Will and his ilk.

Skip articles — especially longer climate essays — by authors who don’t explicitly tell you what temperature target or CO2 concentration target they embrace and how they’d go about attaining it.

Skip articles embracing Orwellian terms like “good Anthropocene.”

What is the most important thing you’ll read this year? Any climate article that makes it through all those filters.

via How To Tell If The Article About Climate You Are Reading Is B.S., In Four Easy Steps | ThinkProgress.


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2 responses to “How To Tell If The Article About Climate You Are Reading Is B.S., In Four Easy Steps | ThinkProgress”

  1. Kate says:

    I’m thinking anything endorsed by Al Gore or Bill Moyers is probably credible–what do you think?

    • Bill says:

      I agree with respect to Bill Moyers; Al Gore has been a disappointment since he served as vice president in the President Bill Clinton administration. Gore’s primary job was to find federal government services to privatize; he was even more successful than the President Ronald Reagan administration.

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