Drudge Uses Sensationalist Headline To Distort Report On Consequences Of Climate Change

In the Center For American Progress Action Fund’s Progress Report yesterday, the Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson wrote that “the evidence for the consequences of global warming is appearing with alarming frequency.” Citing the recent flurry of destructive storms, floods, heat waves, and droughts that have hit the U.S., Johnson argued that “the media are strangely reluctant to discuss severe weather events in the context of climate change.”

Ignoring the lion’s share of Johnson’s argument, the Drudge Report linked to the piece under the headline, “Deaths called ‘consequence of global warming’…“:


But, as Johnson explains at the Wonk Room today, Drudge’s sensationalist headline ignores the actual argument being made:

What we in fact reported, and what is scientifically established, is that these extreme weather events that caused death and destruction “are consistent with the changes scientists predicted would come with global warming.” The Progress Report cited findings from the National Climatic Data Center, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the University of California, San Diego.

This isn’t the first time the Drudge Report has used an over-the-top headline to make those concerned with the effects of climate change look foolish. In May, he pushed a doctored audio clip of former Vice President Al Gore that made it seem like Gore said the cyclone that struck Burma was a direct “consequence” of global warming.

Read Johnson’s full response to Drudge here.