Cycli­cal doom

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“I was pleased to read in your col­umn that oth­ers are dis­cov­er­ing that the me­dia hype over ‘global warm­ing’ is noth­ing new,” writes Scot Chris­ten­son, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Busi­ness & Me­dia In­sti­tute.

He was re­spond­ing to our Aug. 14 item about a Page 2 head­line dis­cov­ered in the Nov. 2, 1922, edi­tion of The Wash­ing­ton Post: “Arc­tic Ocean Get­ting Warm; Seals Van­ish and Ice­bergs Melt.” The news­pa­per told how “great masses of ice have now been re­placed by moraines of earth and stones,” and “at many points well-known glaciers have en­tirely dis­ap­peared.”

Mr. Chris­ten­son took the op­por­tu­nity to for­ward an in­sti­tute study out­lin­ing how the me­dia, in­clud­ing the New York Times, Newsweek and Time, have warned about im­pend­ing cli­mate doom four dif­fer­ent times in the past 100 years.

“It would ap­pear that me­dia hype is as cycli­cal as the cli­mate,” he con­cludes.

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