Newsweek Editor Slams Magazine's Own Global Warming Coverage As "Fundamentally Misleading"
Samuelson calls 'denial machine' article "highly contrived," highlights hypocrisy of agenda to silence dissent against man-made explanation

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Newsweek editor Robert J. Samuelson has slammed his own publication's global warming coverage as "fundamentally misleading" and "highly contrived," representing another massive blow to the credibility of the climate change cult.

Samuelson was forced to respond to a Newsweek article last week that sought to portray the fight against global warming as a moral crusade characterized by a need to eliminate the influence of any dissenters to the explanation that man-made carbon emissions are solely responsible for climate change.

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"NEWSWEEK's "denial machine" is a peripheral and highly contrived story," writes Samuelson in the August 20th issue.

"The story's thrust: discredit the "denial machine," and the country can start the serious business of fighting global warming. The story was a wonderful read, marred only by its being fundamentally misleading."

Last week's Newsweek cover story was a smear job against anyone who questions the science behind global warming.

"NEWSWEEK implied, for example, that ExxonMobil used a think tank to pay academics to criticize global-warming science. Actually, this accusation was long ago discredited, and NEWSWEEK shouldn't have lent it respectability. (The company says it knew nothing of the global-warming grant, which involved issues of climate modeling. And its 2006 contribution to the think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, was small: $240,000 out of a $28 million budget.)

"As we debate it, journalists should resist the temptation to portray global warming as a morality tale—as NEWSWEEK did—in which anyone who questions its gravity or proposed solutions may be ridiculed as a fool, a crank or an industry stooge. Dissent is, or should be, the lifeblood of a free society," he concludes.

Samuelson's caution in a climate whereby dissenters are being smeared as akin to holocaust deniers is welcome and again focuses attention on the fact that global warming, whatever its causes and consequences, has been hijacked as a vehicle on which to piggy-back political agendas that have nothing to do with saving the planet.

Samuelson is right to sound an alarm bell as to the accuracy and integrity of Newsweek's climate coverage, for it was the same publication that warned us of the dire consequences of global cooling if mankind did not change its habits back in April 1975.

NEWSWEEK reports on the dire threat of global cooling in its 4/28/1975 issue.

Citing "ominous signs that the earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically," the magazine warned of an impending "drastic decline in food production." Political disruptions stemming from food shortages could affect "just about every nation on earth."

Scientists urged governments to consider emergency action to head off the terrible threat of . . . well, if you had been following the climate-change debates at the time, you'd have known that the threat was: global cooling," wrote Newsweek columnist Jerry Adler.

The discovery of this telling back-issue article was highly embarrassing for climate cult devotees because it provided a stark reminder that the temperature of the earth, and indeed the entire solar-system, naturally fluctuates wildly between hot and cold cycles and has done since time began, and long before the invention of SUV's.

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The internal war taking place at Newsweek over opinions on global warming is reflected in wider media and academic circles where there is widespread discord about the causes of climate change and what governments should be doing to tackle it - a truth buried by the global warming orthodoxy who crudely claim there is a "scientific consensus" of agreement on the man-made explanation.




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