press. How fawning?
An astonishing 98 percent of broadcast news coverage about Mr. Gore failed to challenge any of the scientific claims about climate in the film, this according to an analysis of 272 network stories by the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. More than 80 percent of the accounts excluded any criticism of the movie or its maker. The complete findings, deemed “science fiction,” can be found at www.mrc.org.bmi.
“Al Gore for president, vice president, czar? His success with ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ was used by all three networks to push him to run for president again or accept a position within the Obama administration,” says analyst Julia Seymour. “Mr. Gore is certainly a passionate activist, but he isn’t a scientist. The networks shouldn’t take his interpretation of global-warming science as truth. Rather, they should be skeptical because of his very real political agenda.” percent overall are pro-life; 67 percent of Republicans agree.
Activists, meanwhile, are mobilizing.
“The 2012 election cycle is already under way, and rightly so. It is never too early to prepare and mobilize to elect pro-life candidates. Therefore, Priests for Life is once again announcing the ‘Vote Pro-life Coalition,’ which will unite organizations, churches, and activists across the country to make a difference at the voting booth for the cause of life,” says the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of the New York group. Fox News? Nah. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele has signed on as official MSNBC “political analyst,” promising he will “engage a diverse audience” and be spirited about it. What does it all mean?
“It’s not like MSNBC has no other Republicans in its pundit ranks, the chief example being ‘Morning Joe’s’ Joe Scarborough. But it will be interesting to see if Steele presents himself as a GOP analyst/loyalist, a la Fox’s Karl Rove, or moves from his partisan past,” observes Time magazine media analyst James Poniewozik.