Friday, July 24, 2009
Reference: Why the media likes global warming scare stories
In his book "Myths, lies, and downright stupidity", reporter and media man John Stossel writes as follows: "The people who bring us story ideas are alarmed. Then we get alarmed, and eager to rush the news to you. We know that the scarier and more bizarre the story the more likely it is that our bosses will give us more air time or a front-page slot. The scary story, justified or not, will get higher ratings and sell more papers. Fear sells." So there it is right from the horse's mouth. Now we know the genesis of a media awash with global warming scare stories and insufficient reference to inconvenient scientific details and rational debate.