Balance is Bias

Al Gore is starting to sound like an eco-echo of the MediaMatters "the media are too conservative" canard:

"I believe that is one of the principal reasons why political leaders around the world have not yet taken action," Gore said. "There are many reasons, but one of the principal reasons in my view is more than half of the mainstream media have rejected the scientific consensus implicitly -- and I say 'rejected,' perhaps it's the wrong word. They have failed to report that it is the consensus and instead have chosen ... balance as bias.

"I don't think that any of the editors or reporters responsible for one of these stories saying, 'It may be real, it may not be real,' is unethical. But I think they made the wrong choice, and I think the consequences are severe.

"I think if it is important to look at the pressures that made it more likely than not that mainstream journalists in the United States would convey a wholly inaccurate conclusion about the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced."

Gore would not answer any questions from the media after the event.

I can understand why he wouldn't answer any questions. They might ask him about his now legendary energy consumption.

How biased of them that would be.

I have to say, though, I like that "most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced" part.

Yes, it's the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced ever since the last most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced. (I think that was Al Gore's unbalanced Ozone Hole.)

Who says morality can't be manufactured like sausage?

MORE: Unless I am reading him wrong, Gore isn't saying that there isn't another side to the global warming/greenhouse gas dispute.

Only that it shouldn't be reported.

HMMMM.... I guess under the same logic, if Gore ran for office, he could claim it was "bias" for the to media report what his opponent said.

Maybe he is looking ahead after all.

UPDATE (03/02/07): How dare the National Geographic report this story about Global Warming on Mars being caused by the sun?

How dare they?

And how dare Glenn Reynolds link to it?

Children -- especially human children here on earth -- might read it and get confused.

Really, the idea that the sun might be heating the earth because it's heating Mars! The very idea!

Talk about planetary moral, ethical, spiritual and political equivalency.

This has the most biased piece of balance I've ever seen!

Doesn't Glenn know that with the earth in the balance, balance harms the planet?

posted by Eric on 03.01.07 at 07:28 PM


I long for the good ole days of cream pies and rotten tomatoes.

Mrs. du Toit   ·  March 2, 2007 10:25 AM

Gore's over-wrought rhetoric and self-righteous scolding of the press for their careless exercise in free speech (!) and public discourse reveals him to really be what the 20th century philosopher Eric Voegelin would term a "modern gnostic." Gore and his minion of climate alarmist demand an embargo on all questioning of their "settled" views. It is nothing less than an elaborate obstruction of ratio, of the discovery of truth by reasoned method. It is also an indication, perhaps, that Rev. Al really knows his views are on scientific thin ice (pun intended) and simply can't stand up to the scrutiny.

Jeffrey A. Wilcox   ·  March 18, 2007 8:54 AM

"Reverend Al"

I love it! There used to be a "Reverend Al" who was a direct mail snake oil type. Not Al Sharpton, either -- this was back in the 70s. But Reverend Al Gore has the right cadence.

Eric Scheie   ·  March 18, 2007 7:09 PM

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