Brent Bozell

The arrogance of liberals never ceases to amaze. Lazy people are the most likely people to go with the media flow on global doom and gloom. But get intellectually involved, analyze the evidence, listen to the discussions on talk radio, read the hot websites skeptical of the global-warming lobby -- and you're bizarrely analyzed as someone who's "distancing themselves" from reality.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post dove into the shallow end of this debate with a psychoanalysis of its own. Their headline was "It's natural to behave irrationally: Climate change is just the latest problem that people acknowledge but ignore." Reporter David Fahrenthold began: "To a psychologist, climate change looks as if it was designed to be ignored."

The Post's expert was Duke professor Dan Ariely: "We are collectively irrational, in the sense that we should really care about the long-term well-being of the planet, but when we get up in the morning, it's very hard to motivate ourselves." Failing to support Al Gore & Company, Ariely surmised, is just like "why we don't exercise, and we overeat, and we bite our fingernails ... It's not something where we're going to overcome human nature."

The elitists at NPR and The Washington Post didn't stop to consider that while journalists love to scare people about global warming, they've seriously neglected to explain what the proposed command-and-control government "solutions" are. In October, the Pew Research Center found that when they asked how much people had heard about a policy called "cap and trade," a majority had not. Fourteen percent said they had heard "a lot" about it, 30 percent said they'd heard "a little" -- and 55 percent said they'd heard "nothing."

The networks have barely covered the global-warming legislation debate in Congress this year, preferring to cover health care -- which is exactly what Team Obama wanted. Every piece of trivia from Tiger Woods to White House party-crashers has received more attention, at least until the Left gathered in Copenhagen. There was zero coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC of the "cap and trade" bill in the House -- until after it passed. And then it vanished again.

If Americans are growing skeptical of global warming, it's not due to Al Gore's army in the newsrooms of the Old Media. It's the impact of the New Media, daring to expose how "science" is being manipulated and exaggerated to bring about a massive socialist intervention in our economy.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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