Global Warming Gobbledygook

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on April 6, 2005

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-Read the excerpt below from James Taranto's "Best of the Web" post at opinionjournal.com on March 18th.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

Here’s a Reuters dispatch that exemplifies why “global warming” is impossible to take seriously:

Even if people stopped pumping out carbon dioxide and other pollutants tomorrow, global warming would still get worse, two teams of researchers reported on Thursday. . . .

Virtually no one disagrees human activity is fueling global warming, and a global treaty signed in Kyoto, Japan, aims to reduce polluting emissions. But the world’s biggest polluter, the United States, has withdrawn from the 1997 treaty, saying its provisions would hurt the U.S. economy.

Actually, lots of people disagree that “human activity is fueling global warming,” but Reuters seems to view them as nonpersons. (By contrast, if you think Osama bin Laden is a “freedom fighter,” you can count on Reuters’ respect.)

In any case, the first paragraph quoted above refutes the second one. If there’s nothing we can do to stop “global warming,” how can we be causing it to begin with?

Questions

What type of bias is the excerpt below an example of?


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Answer(s)

The excerpt is an example of bias by spin.