Tuesday, November 1, 2011

More on the Media's Coverage of Climate Change Science, via Jon Stewart

Perhaps you haven't seen Jon Stewart's segment on the debunking of climategate last week.  Here it is on the Daily Show website.  As I discussed last week on this blog, I was disheartened that the media used the adjective "independent" to describe the climate skeptics who produced the latest research confirming global temperature rise rather than all the truly independent scientists who have done so in the past.  Stewart also focuses on the media, particularly its lack of attention to the new story.  In contrast to the extensive media coverage that climategate received in 2009, Stewart says that the debunking of climategate got only 24 seconds of cable news coverage. 

Following Stewart's commentary, there is a related piece in which Aasif Mandvi interviews Republican strategist Noelle Nikpour. This piece really captures the disconnect between the scientific method and other popular approaches to truth-seeking such as religion, common sense, and gut feelings.  It’s also worth a watch.

- Lesley McAllister


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