A new study out of Australia reveals a media conspiracy to hide the climate crisis. So now at least you know why you never heard of global warming. It’s a media plot. You just imagined they keep running one-sided stories hyping it.
We confess to a certain unease about the state of the climate debate ourselves. For instance the speed with which newspapers rush to censor themselves when activists come calling, almost as if they wanted an excuse to substitute propaganda for news, perhaps fearing the heavy hand of the state or, worse, welcoming it. But while you might think our opening line was satire from The Onion or the Babylon Bee, it’s serious. At least sort of.
A person called Wendy Bacon really has “led a team of more than twenty trained volunteers in a mission tracing through decades of Murdoch media headlines, opinion pieces, columns, news articles and letters from across Australia” after which she and two authors in a publication rather unselfconsciously called “Echo” really did complain that “for more than the past two decades, 45 per cent of Murdoch media climate coverage and references have been at least sceptical or at worst outright denial of the phenomenon happening all around us.”
The Echo authors insist that, “it’s no surprise to learn data shows Murdoch media bias”. Data, no less. Or perhaps a bit less because, having apparently failed climate math, we calculate that 55 percent were less than sceptical. Which used to be more than half when we were in school. And her study apparently also found 89 percent of Murdoch papers’ news coverage opining that man-made climate change was real, aka “accepting climate science findings.” Some plot that one is.
It gets worse. “We are not only in a situation of global warming, but we’re in an existential crisis, we’re in an absolutely desperate situation now,” Echo echoed Ms Bacon, adding that Ms Bacon was “referring to a majority of scientists agreeing on key climate change findings.” And yet, Ms Bacon complained, “In the light of that, in the light of those findings, we have a situation in which the most powerful media company in Australia chooses, particularly through its commerce, to deliberately produce doubt in people’s minds” and yet, the Echo continued “The significance of her findings had been undermined, Ms Bacon said, by mainstream media coverage. ‘It’s almost greeted with silence, not a word on the ABC about it, not even the Guardian, and that was disappointing’.”
What can explain the ultra-woke, all-in-on-climate Guardian not reprinting her views? Ah. “I think journalists are intimidated from actually speaking about it because what happens if they take on Murdoch, believe me, they get bullied”. So journalists in Australia are afraid to mention climate change? Well, except for the more than half of stories in Murdoch outlets that endorsed the idea. “‘So I think that has a chilling effect.’ Ms Bacon said she thought the chilling effect meant it was up to ‘community media, all of us’ to get the truth out.”
For instance by giving space to both sides in the debate?