Influenced by the loose ethics of the social media giants, the dinosaur of the print industry is not going gently into “that” good night after the city-sized meteor of technological superiority slammed into the equatorial region of the newspaper planet a decade and a half ago. The extinction event of a sentencing newspapers to irrelevancy handed down by the big tech hierarchy, has resulted in headlines drifting towards the extremes and the subsequent controversial content rivaling the heyday of the tabloids of the 1980’s as inquiring radical minds want to know the latest plan to garner power for the elites through explosive and tiresome rhetoric.
The rag of choice for soccer moms, USA Today, owned by Gannett, is literally becoming a metaphor of its headlines, as the chaos and subterfuge emanating from the news room has reduced the once prominent daily source for information to an organization comprised of fear-mongering sanctimonious idealists. While the corporation is losing readers faster than a low-level crook orchestrating a shoplifting binge through the encouraging public eyes of the Seattle city council in being nominated for a Nobel prize, the leadership is facing a colossal scandal. Evidently, the company mishandled billions of advertising dollars, while misinforming clients of where the ads were being placed, a Wall Street Journal report chronicles. While Gannett officials claim that the inaccuracies were do to a software glitch, the modern iteration of “the dog ate my homework” excuse of all excuses, the series of errors allegedly occurred over a nine month duration.
After releasing a series of retractions and apologies, the company culminated a sterling week of mismanagement by publishing a climate alarmist “the sky is falling” hit peace of propaganda in citing the most gruesome incredulous myths highlight the latest United Nations IPCC climate change report. While the title of the nonsensical hysteria captured by the title is self-explanatory, “‘People are dying’: Global warming already being seen in North America, UN report finds“, the body of the sensationalistic article reads like an activists basic handbook complete with well-worn phrases, and vapid quotes from apparent “experts” which adds nothing to the debate or conversation.
The actual report compiled by bureaucrats in 3676 pages of brain cell destroying lexicon, and a sanctuary for possibilities, is a fortress protecting the trillion dollar Green New Deal from truth and evidence. However, the writer chooses to compose emotionally-charged manifesto emphasizing worst case scenarios, while maintaining complete indifference to the distinction between predictions and observations. No longer does the phrase “No press is bad press” hold any credence, as corporate media has become the cowering minions to the countercultural movement.
The logical fallacy of the entire editorial branded as news is represented by this misguided thought, “Even though a divide remains over the extent people believe the scientific evidence, Elisabeth Gilmore, a report author who is a visiting professor at Rutgers University and associate professor at Canada’s Carleton University, now sees more things that people agree upon than they disagree about.”
The verbiage of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change publication does not fair much better, though the author’s display at least some semblance of accountability by acknowledging “gaps” in thematic data resulting in predictions, and not conclusive evidence. In executing a simple search through the publication, “prediction” comes up 128 times, “gaps” 400, “likely” 1016, and “could” 1104. Interestingly, “may” is repeated 2672 times, while “will” is used 3025, however the majority of instances are qualified in the context of clarifying terms such as “suggesting” or “‘expected”.
As critical thinking skill continue to diminish in the wake of content bereft of empirical evidence being swapped out for catch phrases, a USA Today reporter hammering out a biased cliff notes rehashing of an inconclusive and wavering report is just the opiate tailored to the 15-second span of a society that embraces sentiment over truth. The dumbing down of basic scientific tenets to a population already with an aversion to mathematics and research, as the result of a failing cyclical nightmare of public educati0n, is a challenging feat, which somehow Gannett has managed to accomplish through the craft of an oblivious pseudo-journalist.
While jumbo jets will continue to be the preferred method of travel, and the smartphone fetish has yet to crescendo, climate activists will continue to customize their behavior to fit a a ruthless agenda rather than remaining practical. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is prime example of a climate tyrant and while still declaring emergency powers as the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, exemplifies the hypocrisy of the environmental movement by signing legislation into effect that is worthless as the recycled paper it is written on. As the USA Today editorial could be swapped for one of his state of the union blabbering press conferences, the confluence between sanctimony and radicalism only acts to confuse the easily confused in modifying human behavior to laughable extremes. Within this dubious point in history, where the masses are given an undeserved pedestal in spewing uneducated opinions, the ungracious acts of large news organizations in publishing nonsense only adds fuel to the fire in a society that endures a significant loss of IQ as the years progress.