Sunday, August 05, 2007

Blame The Media

In a post I did on the global warming denier crowd, knb made this astute comment as it relates to coverage:
It is disturbing to me that the US is showing more and more of these org's. Deniers, coupled with religious fanatics denying fact, are put out there as if they actually have something to contribute. It's rare to see the theories shot down...they are just out there. For the incredibly un-informed, perhaps they are palatable notions.

This is when the counter is important, the factual counter...but they never seem to do that.

The media watchdog group, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, is set to release a report that confirms the American media's failure to convey the true picture in the global warming "debate". Analysis such as this report helps explain why global warming barely registers on Americans radar:
Mainstream U.S. media are to blame for stalled international efforts to reach an agreement to fight climate change...

...there are multiple examples of major American media organizations watering down recent warnings from peer-reviewed scientific literature about the consequences of global warming and the human-produced pollution that is causing it.

deMause in an interview. "That's the problem. It's not particularly what stand the media takes on what should we do about climate change, it's the information is getting out about climate change, and I think that in the U.S., it's a very limited debate."

He added that the lack of information helps ease the pressure on the U.S. government to accept a new international climate change treaty with binding caps on greenhouse gas pollution.

Thankfully, coverage is more extensive in Canada, but the lack of honest discussion in America is a disgrace. I've seen several recent polls, wherein Americans are asked what issues are important to them. Similar polls in Canada put the environment in the top tier, if not number one, however in America, the issue is non-existent. More alarming, even polls of Democrats show little urgency, which might explain why we generally hear nothing more than minor lip service in the Presidential contests.

The role of media is too inform, engage and educate. The above finding is another example of an American media which is pre-occupied with the trivial, at the expense of serious matters. The report also lends credibility to unbalanced coverage, giving the appearance of real debate, on a question that is largely answered, broadly anyways. Shameful.


Anonymous said...

"The role of media is too inform, engage and educate."

Now that's a statement!

Unfortunately the bottom line is for the MSM far more important than "quality news". I suppose neo-liberalism has its flaws, but who's going to do something about it?

Anonymous said...

American media aren't all following the party line - for shame! Hugo Chavez would know what to do!