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Morano's Faux Indignation

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorOct 3, 2011 3:52 PM

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A typical day in Moranoland includes cynical, misleading headlines such as this:

A sad day in journalism: NYT's Andrew Revkin promotes word 'denier' in global warming debate

Here is the supposed offending Dot Earth post, which discusses a recently published chart depicting a nexus of organized opposition to climate change. Of course, Morano's faux indignation fails to acknowledge Revkin's contextualized write-up:

That there are such well-financed and coordinated efforts is not contentious. And this is not the first attempt to map them. But it's important to keep in mind that not everyone skeptical of worst-case predictions of human-driven climate disruption, or everyone opposed to certain climate policies, is part of this apparatus.

What's also important to keep in mind is how partisans shamelessly exploit the semantics of the climate debate at every turn. UPDATE: Joe Romm rarely disappoints (or surprises):

Some try to downplay the central role of the denial machine in U.S. politics, but the fact is that what the deniers have accomplished in this country is unique in the world, going far beyond the spread of disinformation.

So two antagonists representing opposite ends of this debate fault Revkin for his interpretation of the chart. Make of that what you will.

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