On Newspapers and Spectator Sports

December 28, 2009

As I read the piece, my reaction to the author’s point of view seemed odd until I realized what was going on. I was used to reading blogs like Instapundit and Mish where the blog is focused on what the news means to me. Mish and the Puppy Blender succeed because what they write is aimed at me as a participant instead of me as a spectator. I’m not nearly as concerned with what Harry Reid has to say so much as I am with what Treasury auctions are going to do.

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56 Newspapers to Sing As One About Copenhagen

December 7, 2009

Despite mounting evidence that key climate researchers were less than honest, and other indications that the science is not settled, tomorrow 56 newspapers will run a common front page editorial saying we have ‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’

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Are people contributing to the warming of the planet?  How will we know when the ‘scientists’ are behaving so un-scientifically by preventing opposing views from being peer-reviewed (while simultaneously claiming that they should be), by suggesting the criminal deletion of information in response to Freedom of Information requests and by computer code for their models that exposes just how corrupt and fragile their predictions are (in addition to not being able to predict the non-warming of the last decade)?  And even so all of these newspapers show their collusion by defending this un-scientific group by not covering ClimateGate and instead making their biases more than clear.

If the search for truth is not an aim of these “news” organizations then their days are truly numbered.


Agenda Journalism Quantified

December 4, 2008

“There has been a tremendous amount of punditry and debate about whether or not there was mainstream media and popular culture bias during the presidential election and whether or not that led to an overt polarization of the electorate in 2008 and now it is possible to quantitatively illustrate that not only did both of the above take place, but they likely did so at a disservice to the voters,” said Chris Wilson, CEO of Wilson Research Strategies.

“This wasn’t just an election in which supporters of the two major party candidates divided on ideological lines or separate goals for the direction of the nation,” said Wilson.  “It was also an election where the electorate was literally divided by separate realities of the world around them.” 

“As the data from these surveys show, the information believed to be true by, respectively, McCain and Obama voters directly correlates not just to the candidate each voter was likely to support, but also the sources from which the voter received his or her political information,” Wilson commented. 

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