Suckered, CNN’s Jack Cafferty asks viewers “Has this winter affected your belief in global warming?”
Newsblusters has approvingly reprinted this bit of classic anti-science illogic from Julie Seymour at the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute:
The news media constantly misuse extreme weather examples to generate fear of global warming, but when record cold or record snow sets in journalists don’t mention the possibility of global cooling trends. While climatologists would say weather isn’t necessarily an indication of climate, it has been in the media, but only when the weather could be spun as part of global warming.
As if. First off, since it isn’t cooling, it would be illogical if not outright dishonest for any major media outlet to do a story on “the possibility of global cooling trends” (see Must-read AP story: Statisticians reject global cooling; Caldeira “” “To talk about global cooling at the end of the hottest decade the planet has experienced in many thousands of years is ridiculous”). As AP reported:
“The last 10 years are the warmest 10-year period of the modern record,” said NOAA climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt. “Even if you analyze the trend during that 10 years, the trend is actually positive, which means warming.”
And as NOAA reports here, both sets of satellite data show a warming trend in the lower troposphere.
The NASA data (see figure above) also shows warming as does the UK Met Office dataset, which isn’t as accurate — see Finally, the truth about the Hadley/CRU data: “The global temperature rise calculated by the Met Office’s HadCRUT record is at the lower end of likely warming.”
And when you look at where 90% of the human-caused warming was expected to go “” the oceans “” you find steady warming over the past several years (see “Skeptical Science explains how we know global warming is happening: It’s the oceans, stupid!“).:
Now, in spite of that unequivocal warming — and contrary to the complaints of the anti-science crowd — the media underplays the connection between global warming and extreme weather [see CNN, ABC, WashPost, AP, blow Australian wildfire, drought, heatwave "Hell (and High Water) on Earth" story "” never mention climate change]. And that’s in large part because the anti-science crowd has been working the refs (see “why the anti-science disinformers try to shout down any talk of a link between climate change and extreme weather“).
What was doubly laughable about about Seymour’s post was the very next paragraph:
In Iowa, temperatures are 30 degrees below normal according to the Des Moines Register. That’s a near-record low. Beijing is facing the coldest temperatures in decades according to Australia’s The Age.
So the media is supposed to use non-record temperatures as evidence of a non-existent cooling trend.
And remember, when the anti-science crowd isn’t spending its time complaining about the media’s supposed lack of coverage of global cooling (based on some local temperature station data showing cooling over a few days), it is asserting that the same exact temperature station data is untrustworthy — see Must-read NOAA paper smacks down the deniers: Q: “Is there any question that surface temperatures in the United States have been rising rapidly during the last 50 years?” A: “None at all.” Yes, they want the media to quote a dataset they themselves don’t believe to make an argument that isn’t true.
Finally, plenty in the media have been suckered by the disinformers’ siren song. Take CNN’s Jack Cafferty. Please.
The ever helpful you-don’t-know-Jack asks his viewers, “Has this winter affected your belief in global warming?“ He repeats a litany of it’s-cold-in-January weather reports and then rehashes the Mojib Latif misreporting without even citing it:
Meanwhile some of the world’s top climate scientists suggest this winter is only the start of a worldwide trend toward cooler weather, which could last for 20 to 30 years. They base their predictions on changes in water temperatures in the oceans.
The scientists say much of the global warming in the last century was actually caused by these oceanic cycles when they were in a “warm mode”… as opposed to the current “cold mode.” They suggest there will be cooler summers ahead too.
It’s the kind of research that could undermine lots of what we’ve been told about the warming of the Earth being caused only by man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
Except, of course, none of the world’s top scientists suggest anything like that. Quite the reverse, actually — see “FoxNews, WattsUpWithThat push falsehood-filled Daily Mail article on global cooling that utterly misquotes, misrepresents work of Mojib Latif and NSIDC.” See also Media Matters Right-wing media run with Mail article falsely suggesting climate expert predicts “mini ice age.”
The moral is, if you say something long enough and loud enough — even if it is illogical disinformation — there will always be some in the status quo media to repeat it.