US Press Deserves its Darwin Award -UPDATED

Ed Morrissey is wondering, as I have in the past, when or if the American press will begin to beat its breast over failing to learn from “the lessons of Iraq” when it comes to the Climate Change boondoggle. He wonders if they will ever kick into an grown-up journalistic mode and actually report on the collapse of the Global Warming movement they helped to build and sustain through their unquestioning support of the narrative.

In the years after the the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent failure to find WMD, the American media flagellated itself publicly over its lack of skepticism of Bush administration cassus belli claims . . . To this day, the American media still considers their self-described blind acceptance of claims about intelligence without sufficient investigation as an indictment on their industry — and a consequence of the Internet-driven changes to the media market.

After wearing sackcloth and ashes for so long, one might believe that the American national media would leap at the chance to show its newfound mission of skepticism and challenge to authority. Unfortunately, US journalists have missed a grand opportunity to demonstrate that it learned a lesson about swallowing a story from the government without question, if indeed that is what happened in 2002 on Iraq. We know this because their colleagues across the pond in the United Kingdom have not missed the chance to speak a little truth to power, both in their own government and to multilateral organizations that issued faulty analyses, false data, bad research, and hysterical demands for action. . . . The Australian and British press have eaten the American media’s lunch on the collapse of credibility at the IPCC and in the anthropogenic global-warming (AGW) movement.

I’m sure we all know the answer to Ed’s wondering, but let’s just say it outloud: The press has only learned its lesson about “swallowing stories whole” when they concern Republican administrations or candidates. I asked Ed’s same question back in the heady days of the 2008 campaign, wondering at what point in the Obama administration the press would start beating its collective breasts and saying, “we should have asked him more questions; we should have vetted him more thoroughly.”

The self-recrimination of the press on its failures to ask questions or do investigative work only applies in one direction. And if we ever see another GOP president, the press will go full-jackal on him or her, using both Iraq AND the Obama presidency as justification for their their fervent displays of doubt and skepticism.

However, even then, they will never accuse themselves regarding Global Warming; they will never say “we failed to ask questions,” because on that issue, it is personal for them, much in the same way that passing something called Health Care Reform has become “personal” for Obama and for Speaker Pelosi.

The press went “all in” on Global Warming hysteria specifically to give Al Gore an international platform that would act as both a “consolation prize” for his “stolen” presidency and a means of constant rebuke to President George W. Bush. Global Warming was a surfboard of hate the “global left community” could all ride together, and if the wave broke in favor of the accumulation of entrenched and far-reaching powers, internationally, all the better.

If the Great Big US Election Debacle of 2000 had not happened, the Great Anthropomorphic Global Warming Boondoggle would never have taken hold with the dramatic intensity it did, with the unquestioning international media support it enjoyed. And for the American press, admitting in any way that the thing was a hoax will cast doubt on every word they have written since at least 1999.

Over the last decade, the press’ credibility has taken a very palpable hit, due to their own excesses, and their collective inability to disenthrall themselves of their passionate, mostly adolescent emoting. Admitting, finally, that AGW was nothing more than program of sustained ego support for a mediocre and deranged toothache of a man, and a vehicle of boundless, and unfocused ambition, would be for the press to announce its demise from a self-inflicted mortal wound that was so stupidly wrought as to qualify the entire news industry for a Darwin Award.

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  • tim maguire

    For answers to this seeming conundrum, one must think about motives.

    The press had to do a lot of “soul searching” over Iraq to win themselves back into the good graces of the American left (their big mistake in Iraq was assuming it would go well from start to finish–don’t forget, early on the invasion was very popular with liberals as well as conservatives and only became a conservative cause when it bogged down).

    Meanwhile, of course they will continue to go to bat for the discredited global warming theories. It is not now nor was it ever about the environment. As you well know, the “cure” for global warming is to enact every item on the hard left wish list. That is still the case today even as the hook they hung it on falls from the wall.

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  • Gayle Miller

    I don’t think the MSM has managed to be cured of its debilitating “Bush is an idiot” point of view as yet.

  • biobob

    Gee, Gayle, do ya think there might possibly be a actual reason for that ?

    Like perhaps because Bush IS an idiot ?

    Don’t feel badly. Obama is an idiot too ! So are over 50% of our congresscritters at a minimum, seems likely.

    I am an equal opportunity purveyor of idiocy lol.

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  • Manny L.

    What gets me is that there were plenty of legitamate climatologist who either didn’t concur with or outright disputed the man made global warming theory. The earth has been warmer in its history. There is no way to prove that even if the data is correct (and there is doubt that it may not be) that this is not a natural cycle.

  • Manny L.

    Oops, I meant to say, there is doubt that the data may be incorrect. I botched that double negative…LOL.

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  • Joe DeVet

    “Deranged toothache of a man.” Perfect. I knew the guy made my skin crawl but until now I didn’t know how to put it in words. The whole article was worth reading just to get that description.

  • HKatz

    Especially after reading about duplicity and pettiness and spinelessness of this sort, it’s good to turn to stories that are moving and that inspire.

    Here’s one:

    It’s an essay that a brother writes about his sister, who has a rare form of lung cancer. He writes about her character, her virtues, how she acts with virtue daily: these are habits of heart and mind that arise over time, in countless moments of patience, kindness, good deeds that might seem like nothing much but actually mean a lot to people. He also writes about the blessings of a small close community.

    It’s a very moving piece – I urge you all to go read it, particularly if you’d like to climb out of the muck of environmental politics for a while and breathe cleaner air…

  • Bender

    Global warming is REAL you flat-earthers.

    Instead of being shills for Big Oil, why don’t you be honest and just look at the data from even a year ago?

    Last year, we saw average temperatures rise over 50 degrees! FIFTY DEGREES! And just this year, here in D.C., we’ve seen temps go up about 10 degrees in just the last month.

    At this rate, the ice caps will melt by June and the entire country will be underwater, which is just as well since pretty soon we are going to reach the ignition point for the atmosphere.

  • biobob

    So, Bender, if the ice caps DON’T melt by June, AND the entire country isn’t underwater, AND the atmosphere doesn’t ignite, will you be honest and change your mind about AGW just a teeny bit ?

    If I could get you to bet a million on it, my retirement from my position as purveyor of idiocy would be a foregone conclusion.

    And if i didn’t suspect your use of the hidden /sarc html, I would definitely award you with the title of Idiot Most Excellent !

    In nomine patrie,et fili et spiritu sancti !

  • Barbara

    ABC is closing all its offices – except the one in Washington. When they go under, you can nominate for the Darwin.
    Beck, for all his extremely annoying ticks and his mischaracterization of Republicans, actually recommends books and interviews authors.

  • J. Bob

    Bender, where in havens name did you get that information. It would sound like you got it in a bottle after a all night “bender”. None of the data is even 1/50th of what your claiming.

  • Bender

    Right over some people’s heads.

    Look you deniers — just in the last month, temps have gone up around here from an average of 30 degrees to 40 degrees.

    It’s probably already too late to stop further warming. Thanks a hell of a lot people — you’ve destroyed the planet. Happy now? At least you’ll have your oil profits, which you can use to attack our great president from giving life-saving health care to 50 million people. Does your blood-thirst never end?

  • brooklyn

    Well said.

    I also feel Hillary Clinton deserves a Darwin Award as Sec. of State.

    Did you see that disaster recently?

    Creating a mess in Argentina?

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  • B. Durbin

    Bender— I, at least, understand your point. And if you think that’s bad— sometimes, when I was in Denver, the temperature could go up by twenty or thirty degrees from one day to the next.

    On a side note, did anyone else see that laughably mistitled CNN article about how the Chilean earthquake has sped up the rotation of the earth? Something like “Chilean quake changes tilt of earth’s axis.” Um, no. If they read their own article, it stated that the quake shifted a bit of mass closer to the earth’s core, speeding up the rotation by a microsecond or so. But that headline…

  • Bender

    Well, if you add the earthquake to the additional rotation caused by the friction of car and truck tires on the highways, all that added spinning like a top is sure to send the earth off of its orbital path and send us careening into the sun any day now.

    But maybe if we point those wind turbines in the right direction and spin them fast enough, we can use them like an air brake and slow the earth down.