Will­ing ac­com­plices

The Washington Times Weekly - - NATIONAL -

“Al Gore has com­plained that the me­dia are bi­ased against the in­con­ve­nient truth of global warm­ing,” the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter’s Rich Noyes notes at www.mrc.org.

“ ‘I be­lieve that is one of the prin­ci­pal rea­sons why po­lit­i­cal lead­ers around the world have not yet taken ac­tion,’ Gore told a ‘Me­dia Ethics Sum­mit’ at Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Univer­sity back in Fe­bru­ary. Gore lec­tured jour­nal­ists that any cov­er­age of views op­posed to his own was ir­re­spon­si­ble, call­ing it ‘bal­ance as bias.’

“It’s im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine the big TV net­works ac­tu­ally ac­cept­ing an edict from a con­ser­va­tive politi­cian to re­port only their side of a ma­jor pub­lic pol­icy is­sue, but a new Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter study of ABC, CBS and NBC’s glob­al­warm­ing cov­er­age finds the net­works are giv­ing Gore prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing he de­manded. Not only does nearly ev­ery global-warm­ing story ex­clude any con­trary voices, but the cov­er­age of Al Gore per­son­ally has been ex­cep­tion­ally pos­i­tive as well,” Mr. Noyes said.

“MRC an­a­lysts ex­am­ined all 115 news sto­ries that dealt with global warm­ing from Jan. 1 through April 15 on NBC’s ‘To­day,’ ABC’s ‘Good Morn­ing Amer­ica’ and CBS’s ‘The Early Show.’ Th­ese morn­ing news pro­grams had a com­bined au­di­ence of more than 13 mil­lion dur­ing the first three months of 2007.

“Un­like the net­works’ evening news­casts, the two- and three­hour morn­ing shows have longer seg­ments that should (in the­ory) make it eas­ier to in­clude mul­ti­ple points of view on con­tro­ver­sial top­ics. But MRC’s an­a­lysts found just four sto­ries out of 115 (just over 3 per­cent) con­tained any men­tion of dis­sent from Gore’s approach to global warm­ing — and even those sto­ries were heav­ily stacked in fa­vor of his ‘cli­mate cri­sis’ po­si­tion.”

Con­tact Jen­nifer Harper at jharper@wash­ing­ton­times.com or 202/636-3085. Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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