Tag: media

#Election2016 – Don’t blame the media

Shooting the messenger won’t help your cause

Funny? You decide. Image via Twitter.

By Bob Berwyn

Rarely in the modern age has the American media been vilified as it has in the past few months during the presidential campaign, with the vaporous pall of despise occasionally even manifesting as direct threats of violence. Some of the criticism is probably deserved, especially if you main source of information is cable or network television, both of which where early enablers of the Trump candidacy for its entertainment and ratings values. But in the end, we can’t blame the media for the dangerous rise of Trump. We have to take a long, hard look in the mirror. Continue reading “#Election2016 – Don’t blame the media”


Oceans: Study says sharks get a bad rap from media

Sensationalized shark attack stories favored by mass media outlets

A great white shark in California coastal waters. Photo courtesy NOAA.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Sharks have always been seen as the big, bad wolves of the sea, and despite their critical ecological role as apex predators, they’ve been treated especially harshly by the media.

A new study by Michigan State University researchers shows that the mass media — especially in the U.S. and Australia — favor scare stories about shark attacks over coverage of shark-related conservation issues.

Allowing such articles to dominate the overall news coverage diverts attention from key issues, like declining global shark populations and the risk of extinction, said Meredith Gore, MSU assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife and the School of Criminal Justice. Continue reading “Oceans: Study says sharks get a bad rap from media”

Opinion: Global warming comes out of the closet

The remnants of Sandy swirl over the Northeast in the NASA satellite image.

Hurricane Sandy spurs awareness of  links between climate change and extreme weather

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Along with devastating New Jersey’s shoreline and flooding big chunks of New York City, Hurricane Sandy also pushed the public dialogue about climate change out of the musty closet and right smack into the middle of polite dinner table conversation and, even more importantly, into the political arena, just days before the presidential election.

After a couple of days surveying the damage, both the mayor of New York City and the governor of New York directly addressed the issue in a social and political context. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, factored climate change into a political endorsement of Barack Obama as the candidate better equipped to tackle the issue.

“In In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods — something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable,” Bloomberg wrote in an editorial for the Bloomberg View. Continue reading “Opinion: Global warming comes out of the closet”

Climate theater (of the absurd)

Yes, it’s getting warmer.

PBS criticized for featuring a global warming denier with no scientific credibility

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Public television is the the scapegoat in one of the latest climate capers, as the network’s popular NewsHour program recently broadcast a segment on global warming prominently featureing a fringe, self-described weather expert as a spokesman for the global warming denier movement. Watch the segment here.

The segment started harmlessly enough, with an interview of physicist Richard Muller, who recently claimed conversion from global warming denier status. The interview then whirled off into the realm of the surreal, with a lengthy one-on-one segment with non-scientists Anthony Watts, who publishes a blog that’s become a rallying point and last bastion of sorts for the small minority of Americans who still think global warming is a hoax and/or a conspiracy by scientists to get more research funding. Continue reading “Climate theater (of the absurd)”

Global warming deniers new tactic: Shoot the messenger

Temperatures are off the charts this year. NASA graphic.

Handful of below-average temps spurs frantic activity on denier website

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Global warming deniers have always been good at cherry picking data to try and prove that that Earth isn’t warming inexorably, and to the likely detriment of most species on the planet.

This week, the denier website Watts Up With That took the schtick to a whole new level with a post highlighting a handful of low temperature records in recent days. The post carefully avoided making the claim that those readings somehow disprove global warming — that would, of course, demolish any last shred of credibility that might still linger with the increasingly outlandish denier arguments.

Instead, the post took issue with media coverage of climate issues, charging that the mainstream media would ignore the localized low temperature records after having played up the long string of record highs spanning several months and covering much of the country. Continue reading “Global warming deniers new tactic: Shoot the messenger”

Op-ed: Climate science debate hits local media

Bob Berwyn.

Local gadfly called out for using ‘libelous language, lies and distortion’ on climate science

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The national discourse over climate science and global warming took a local twist recently, as a local resident was called out for his commentary published in the Vail Daily trying to convince readers that global warming is not caused by human activities.

Long-time Copper Mountain resident Martin Hertzberg  has frequently penned opinion pieces and letters to the editor that are full of misleading statements, inaccuracies and distortions,  presenting them all as scientific fact. Continue reading “Op-ed: Climate science debate hits local media”

Media: FCC holds hearing on community info needs

The FCC will discuss local online media at an Oct. 3 hearing.

Local media stakeholders advocate for a shift in federal advertising dollars

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Acknowledging breathtaking progress in the realm of information technology, a recent Federal Communications Commission working group report concluded that those changes in the media landscape have resulted in significant deficits in local news coverage.

In some cases, there are “alarming tendencies to allow advertisers to dictate content,” the report found, concluding that the independent watchdog function that the founding fathers envisioned for journalism is at risk. Continue reading “Media: FCC holds hearing on community info needs”