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Brit Hume Has Some Splaining To Do!

Reported by Priscilla - July 24, 2008 -

The Fox Special Report “Grapevine” seems to be in the business of reinforcing the notion that if there isn’t global warming, there’s global warming “skepticism.” In just the past week, the “Grapevine” reported on a “scientist” who, in an article in an Australian Murdoch owned paper, supposedly is dealing a “blow” to greenhouse gas theory. In fact, this “blower” is part of the insane clown posse of global warming deniers. The “Grapevine” still hasn’t corrected its report about a scientific “consensus” on global warming that didn’t exist (which sourced from a publication that immediately retracted its error). Last night’s (July 23rd) Grapevine about a British Group’s claims that the earth has only 100 years to get its act together was an opportunity for Brit Hume to make a statement which in addition to being journalistically poor, would have merited an F grade on a science paper.

Hume began the piece with this comment: “Even as a consensus continues to emerge that global warming is in a pause — and not likely to increase for some years — a group of British climate change activists claims humanity has only 100 months left to prevent dangerous global warming.” I don’t know which body cavity Hume pulled that out of; but in doing some research I did find an article in the Daily Telegraph, based on an article in “Nature,” which claimed that researchers “studying long-term changes in sea temperatures said they now expect a "lull" for up to a decade while natural variations in climate cancel out the increases caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions.” The “Nature” article reports that there is a lull in global warming due to changes in ocean circulation patterns because global warming has created these changes. While these findings are not consistent with the IPCC, the scientists quoted in the “Nature” article state that "our results suggest that global surface temperature may not increase...” Note the use of the word “may.” The notion that there is a “consensus” doesn’t seem to be supported by anything unless Hume thinks that the “3200” lunatic fringe types at the Oregon Institute are a consensus – a word which means “a general agreement among the members of a given group or community” The consensus amongst scientists around the world is that global warming is real and is caused by the crap that homo sapiens is spewing into the atmosphere. I don’t know if Hume read this article; but if he didn’t it would suggest that Hume made it up (and Fox would never do that?!!). I can’t say for sure how Hume came to his scholarly conclusion; but once again, if reality bites, then Fox makes it up.

Memo to Brit Hume – Next time you make a statement about a “consensus,” you really might want to support it with some evidence. To do otherwise is intellectually lazy; but then that’s what propaganda is all about. Short sound bites geared to those whose minds can’t and won’t accept the “inconvenient truth.”