Daily Show brings up a valid point: Why do news outlets bring on non-scientists to argue against science? It makes no sense. Could media be treating lies as a valid point to give equal weight to in a news show?
Why do news outlets bring on non-scientists to argue against science? https://t.co/Pd6INmHlLu pic.twitter.com/aMVRNFVYHV— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 27, 2018
Many years ago (May 2014) Jon Oliver brought up this same point with a graphic analysis of the situation:
Climate Change Debate: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
As Oliver explains, the only way to make the "climate change debate" accurate (if media manipulation to the debate were removed - which nowadays is only Fox) is to use representative samples rather than the tradition of using one person = one view no matter who that person is or how many credentials they lack...
He gets the three people (to represent 3% of the population) that media (fox) amplifies to pull this con.
To illustrate the dichotomy one of the non-experts who has a weird view based on no science says his view (like a religious person might argue the earth is flat when Galileo was around)...
Then Oliver turns to the EXPERTS (the professionals with degrees, who spend their lives studying this phenomenon) and gets an almost unanimous agreement that the scientific evidence for human caused climate change is very real indeed...
Clearly, media is biased towards science/facts involving climate change IN THE SAME WAY as it has been for years!
Trump Contradicts His Own Administration’s Climate Change Report | The Daily Show
Despite the Trump administration’s most recent report on man-made climate change, the president continues to deny the science behind global warming; meanwhile, cable news outlets continue to bring on non-scientists to share their personal opinions on the situation.
Note: On a news show a lady tells us 'we just had two for the coldest years' (indicating no global warming, irrespective of facts... not covered on media anyways) and adds to that, "I'm not a scientist. I look at it as a citizen".
This isn't politics. This is science. Its like getting an English teachers opinion on an engineering problem. Its stupid. Its incompetent. Its not journalism.
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Right wing media is , of course, the source of climate science misinformation (for some reason "left wing" media doesn't challenge right wing media, just acts like its a valid point of view, even on science/fact issues);
Media Matters:Here's a textbook example of how climate misinformation spreads through right-wing media
This is the side whose views on climate science is considered to be on par WITH ACTUAL SCIENTISTS;
3 of the dumbest things right wingers have said;
Media Matters: The 10 most ridiculous things media figures said about climate change and the environment in 2017
8. Rush Limbaugh argued that the historic BP oil spill caused no environmental damage.
9. Fox News’ Jesse Watters claimed, “No one is dying from climate change.”
10. Radio host Alex Jones said it was "suspicious" that Hurricane Irma came along shortly before the release of a climate disaster movie.
Media Matters: CNN pro-Trump flak Stephen Moore claims scientists are lying about climate change to get “really, really, really rich” Moore: "We have created a climate change industrial complex in this country, with billions and billions and billions of dollars at stake"
Media Matters: CNN keeps letting guests and paid commentators lie about climate scientists It's not true that scientists do climate research to get rich, and CNN knows it
CNN lets liars lie
CNN does fact-checking, confirms that the lie is a lie
CNN invites liar back on to repeat lie
CNN fails to disclose that liars have received fossil fuel money
Bill Nye on hurricanes: "This is not in anybody's best interest to continue to deny climate change"MSNBC's Katy Tur: "How can you adequately prepare for storms, for extreme weather ... if you have a bunch of people who don't believe in climate science running things?"
Now scientists can even quantify the effect of man made climate change on SPECIFIC weather events (its not just the confirmed major fluctuations in weather that can be attributed to climate change)!
Here's why journalists can be more confident reporting on climate change and extreme weather The rapidly developing field of climate attribution science gives reporters and meteorologists a valuable tool for educating the public
Bernie Sanders is right: TV networks need to do a much better job of covering climate change
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On WNYC's On the Media, Lisa Hymas explains what the press got right and wrong in covering the National Climate Assessment