In this article an independent group has surveyed FauxNews and WallStreetRipoffJournal for accuracy on climate change. No big surprise, FauxNews is wrong 93% of the time and WSJ 81% (the more amusing question is how did they screw up and accidentally get it right the 7% or 19% of the time). Now these fine pieces of propaganda could actually claim climate change is wrong instead of just sniping at other scientific claims, but then, of course, they’d have to have some real facts, not just counter-punches. And even then some of their counter-punches are so silly you wonder how they can keep a straight face. But of course these are the “publications” that think Mittwit is really nifty and going to win.
It’s easy to understand most of the climate change deniers; they’re merely in the paid service of the carbon fuels industry, esp. our favorite pair, the Koch brothers. The honchos of this industry live in an isolated world of guarded compounds all over the world with piles of money safely out of reach of U.S. taxes, but also readily available if they ever need safe refuge. In short they’re making their “prepper” plans and piling up as much money as they can before the roof caves in and to hell with the rest of us. Their shills, usually utterly unqualified to talk about whether it is raining outside or not, just look like (and in some case are) the same feckless bunch who said smoking was good for us.
But Murdoch, does he own some oil companies? Does he really have a dog in this fight or is he just shilling for his kleptocrat friends? Maybe it’s simpler than that, i.e. anything the left believes is automatically wrong in his alternate universe. But this much is sure, it’s worked. All the denialist propaganda (getting harder every day with more and more obvious evidence of climate change) has persuaded about half the Repugs (all the religinut wing of the party already hated science, but some of the “moderates” have now signed up too) and a few others.
So now climate change, another scientific facts, just like evolution, has become an area of “belief” rather than critical analysis. Too bad “belief” isn’t going to keep your low-lying beach homes from getting washed away.