"Straw Man Defense in Play"
Mike Myer describes his own Sunday column
Michael Myer's Sunday column,"Straw Man Defense in Play," is about the criticism of his newspaper's editorials on school reform. Myer notes that a number of the critics use the straw man fallacy:
Ever hear of the "straw man" strategy of deflecting criticism? It's used commonly in politics. It . . .
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NOAA says heat records broken again
Of course, no mention by the locals
On Thursday, the AP featured the effects of climate change in an article on the continued warming of the earth: "Earth's record streak of record heat keeps on sizzling":
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth's record-breaking heat is sounding an awful lot like a broken record.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric . . .
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"National Geografox" -- a reaction to the news that National Geographic was bought by Fox News
As you probably know, The National Geographic was recently taken over by Fox News. Ruben Bolling, who does the "Tom the Dancing Bug" comic, gives us a preview of the changes:
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World's largest PR firm drops climate change deniers and coal companies
Okay, it's probably not likely that they're doing it because of some moral imperative; the reasons are most likely connected to their bottom line. Still, it's interesting news that the largest public relations firm in the world (Edelman) has said that it will no longer do business with coal companies and climate change deniers . . .
Intelligencer: we cover what the pope says only when he agrees with us
with update -- Wednesday evening
Echoing their limited and biased coverage of the papal encyclical on climate change last May, this morning's Intelligencer edited Pope Francis' views out of a front-page story from the Associated Press on the Iran nuclear treaty. Here is what is the Intelligencer dropped from the original AP report:
The international . . .
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Two recent films of interest
This Changes Everything
From the film's website:
Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction . . .
A loss is actually a win
The Intelligencer spins another one for Murray Energy
I was originally going to call this Update 2 and add it to the previous post on Murray Energy's control over the news flow in the Ohio Valley. The more research that I did, however, the more that I was bothered by the Intelligencer's willingness to print what looks like a PR release without first checking its accuracy and so I decided . . .
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