Saturday, January 27, 2007

The complicity of the Canadian media.

There was an excellent article in the Georgia Straight this week on media complicity in the misleading of Canadians on the extent of the threat from human-activated climate change with which we are faced. This is no surprise to me, as I have long intuitively felt the existence of this bias.

On principle, I am all for the questioning of received wisdom in our society. However when that questioning has no rational basis, when that questioning flies in the face of virtually all peer-reviewed scientific evidence, when that questioning is an apparent stall tactic instigated by the US fossil fuel industry, and when we find that these rent-a-scientists are the same folks who disputed the link between smoking and cancer, then it is time to seriously question the questioners. It is time to hold the questioners to account for their irresponsibility.

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