Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Balance" in the press

Despite all the nonsense that has been published in the mainstream media lately, there are also some strong statements from those who are well aware of what we are facing.

The New York Times has just published an op-ed from Al Gore, who writes:
I, for one, genuinely wish that the climate crisis were an illusion. But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.

Mr Gore refers to: "Some news media organizations now present showmen masquerading as political thinkers who package hatred and divisiveness as entertainment. " and concludes with an observation from Winston Churchill:
We have overcome existential threats before. Winston Churchill is widely quoted as having said, “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes, you must do what is required.” Now is that time. Public officials must rise to this challenge by doing what is required; and the public must demand that they do so — or must replace them.
If only more journalists took the time to learn about what is happening to the climate and consider the consequences of doing nothing.

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