CNN reports on record breaking heat across much of the U.S.. We're talking record high temperatures in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas -- Wichita hit 111 degrees. Heat warnings in 15 states. This isn't just uncomfortable, it kills people. And it's happening more and more often.
The funny thing, though, if you read the CNN report, is that there isn't any particular reason why we keep setting these high temperature records. Yes, there's a high pressure system over the plains, but that happens quite commonly. In the past, when it's gotten hot, it hasn't gotten this hot. So why is it hotter now than in the past? Any guesses?
Here's a little something from a publication called Midwest Energy News (found by YT on Climate Progress):
For Peter Vandermeersch, editor-in chief at the traditionally conservative daily NRC Handelsblad in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, there is no debate about climate change. “Absolutely, that’s a given”, he said. “The conviction has grown that climate change does exist, and that humans play a major role in how it evolves.”
“There’s almost no discussion about it”, agreed Wouter Verschelden, editor-in-chief at the progressive daily De Morgen in Brussels, Belgium. “The nonbelievers have been marginalized, and they aren’t taken seriously anymore. We don’t have to convince our readers anymore of the fact that there is climate change, and that it’s caused by humans.”
According to Vandermeersch and Verschelden, who are both alumni of Columbia University’s vaunted Journalism School in New York, American news media still make the mistake of giving climate skeptics a disproportionate voice, and perpetuating a debate that has long been settled among scientists.
“In a sense, you’re lying to your readers,” says Verschelden. “You’re creating a ‘he said, she said’ story, and looking for an argument that just doesn’t always exist.”
Go ahead and read the whole thing. Keep in mind it's not just climate change -- every outlandish claim some extremist politician makes, from death panels to federal spending as the cause of unemployment -- gets transcribed with total credulity. The story is that the person said it. It would be unethical for a journalist to point out that it isn't true.