Climate Journalist Speak

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.

– George Orwell

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”

– Mark Twain

Chicago’s record for coldest temperature ever could fall as polar vortex has city ‘in the crosshairs’ – Chicago Tribune

A couple of quotes in the article caught my attention.

the coldest winter high ever recorded in Chicago

Why winter? Does he think they have had summer afternoons which were colder?

For younger Chicagoans, the burst of Arctic air set to overtake the city this week could be one of the coldest days of their lives

It would be the coldest for everyone, not one of the coldest for younger Chicagoans.  How can this week be one of the coldest days?

How does this kind of garbage make it past the editor? It should be no surprise that 97% of newspaper readers are misinformed about climate. Journalists can’t verbalize even the most basic information correctly.

I guess the armadillos will be moving south again.

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20 Responses to Climate Journalist Speak

  1. arn says:

    Every generation has its own disease of scientists,politicians and jounalists who are obsessed with following the official agenda-no matter what the agenda is.

    Right now they should write a bit more about the Canada Goose Coat robberies at gunpoint(gun free zones and AGW ‘suffer’ a lot from the illusion called reality) in chicago since the temperatures dropped so much.
    Those side effects of AGW are really strange sometimes :)

  2. Rah says:

    And so the BS deepens. NYT, among others, is busy explaining why global warming is causing ultra cold temps.
    Others bashing the POTUS, saying it’s just weather. The same old stuff. No original thoughts, no analysis. It’s like they’re robots all produced with the same program down loaded.

    • Frank K. says:

      Yes, record setting, ***dangerously*** cold temperatures in the midwest US is just weather…

      “The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends – The Washington Post” (from November 2016)

      A brief spike in the North Pole temperature is climate…

    • Disillusioned says:

      And morons bashing POTUS, calling him a moron, because he doesn’t believe the anti-science globalist agitprop bullshit they mainline daily.

  3. Gator says:

    There is such a low bar for human communication these days, the English language is as dead buried as masculinity. Words no longer have any meaning unless they can, in any way, be construed as hateful.

  4. toorightmate says:

    I assume this animal named “Polar Vortex” is the very same animal which used to be “cold winds from the North”?

    • arn says:

      it is also known as “global warming hole”

      -but as fancy words make people feel smart and professional Polar Vortex should be the no.1 it-word among earth saving experts and “cold winds from the north” is too old fashioned,not fancy and too boring and too precise to sell people bridges.

    • Bob Hoye says:

      It could be the “Polar Aurochs”.
      Now extinct.

  5. Mohatdebos says:

    Isn’t this the expected outcome when reporters are taught to “communicate” climate change news rather than report on the weather. Goebbels would be proud.

  6. Colorado Wellington says:

    “I guess the armadillos will be moving south again.”

    The Chicago Tribune will condemn this as racist speech.

  7. Bob Hoye says:

    I wish “they” would stop reporting the wind-chill temp.
    Sensationalism.
    Some writers are not clear on what they are reporting.
    So just give us the numbers, unadjusted, in F.
    TKS

  8. Anon says:

    /the coldest winter high/

    They could have been a little more inventive.

    /the lowest winter warm/

    That is more in line with calling Rossby Waves the “Warming Hole” that causes freezing.

  9. Michael says:

    The quote from Mark Twain is great, except he didn’t say it.

  10. gregole says:

    “Journalists can’t verbalize even the most basic information correctly.”

    Could be they’re unemployed poets.

    It rained all night the day I left
    The weather it was dry
    The sun so hot, I froze to death
    Susannah, don’t you cry.

    Don’t recall exactly where or when but it was some time ago post 2009 and I was reading something on the internet about M@nn-Made Global Warming as it was once called. It was some kind of rambling prose about the Arctic and the “old hands” noting that everything was different now that everything has changed, the ice, the animals, blah, blah, blah… and it struck me: this wasn’t journalism or any kind of writing concerned with matter-of-fact representation of reality – it was poetry. A kind of prose poetry.

    I dunno, for some reason it was a kind of an insight for me. I like poetry. But I also like hard truth. The two don’t occupy the same parameter space.

    And then there’s just plain sh#tty writing. Could be some of that.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Interesting insight about journalists and “prose poetry.”

      How is a “melting, screaming Arctic” like a “journalist prose poet”?
      Answer: Neither one can rime.

      Thank you. Thank you very much…

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