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That’s what we learn from Aaron Brown writing in Real Clear Markets almost a month ago on April 24 (“Did You Know the Greatest Two-Year Global Cooling Event Just Took Place?“):
Would it surprise you to learn the greatest global two-year cooling event of the last century just occurred? From February 2016 to February 2018 (the latest month available) global average temperatures dropped 0.56°C. You have to go back to 1982-84 for the next biggest two-year drop, 0.47°C—also during the global warming era.
My point is that statistical cooling outliers garner no media attention. The global average temperature numbers come out monthly. If they show a new hottest year on record, that’s a big story. If they show a big increase over the previous month, or the same month in the previous year, that’s a story. If they represent a sequence of warming months or years, that’s a story. When they show cooling of any sort—and there have been more cooling months than warming months since anthropogenic warming began—there’s no story.
So far, the only media attention that record-breaking two-year global cooling period received was an editorial in yesterday’s Investor Business Daily (“Don’t Tell Anyone, But We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling“):
Isn’t this just the sort of man-bites-dog story that the mainstream media always says is newsworthy? In this case, it didn’t warrant any news coverage.
In fact, in the three weeks since Real Clear Markets ran Aaron Brown’s story, no other news outlet picked up on it. They did, however, find time to report on such things as tourism’s impact on climate change, how global warming will generate more hurricanes this year, and threaten fish habitats, and make islands uninhabitable. They wrote about a UN official saying that “our window of time for addressing climate change is closing very quickly.”
Reporters even found time to cover a group that says they want to carve President Trump’s face into a glacier to prove climate change “is happening.” In other words, the mainstream news covered stories that repeated what climate change advocates have been saying ad nauseam for decades.
News outlets should decide what gets covered based on its news value, not on whether it pushes an agenda. Otherwise, they’re doing the public a disservice and putting their own already shaky credibility at greater risk.
Bonus Quotation, from Thomas Sowell:
Too many people in the media cannot seem to tell the difference between reporting the news and creating propaganda.
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