I have to ask: is scientifically absurd climate change hype from the media now in Julie Principle territory, meaning that it is so predictable that it isn’t even worth noting of complaining about? CNN village idiot Don Lemon has been injecting climate change propaganda into his coverage at every opportunity, as have (going even lower down the intellectual scale) the Ladies of the View and others. When I read that Ian had been downgraded to a tropical storm, I wondered, “Hmmm…does that now mean this storm isn’t the result of climate change, since we’ve been told that we are facing more and more destructive hurricanes (which so far have not materialized as predicted, mirabile dictu)?” Then Ian was upgraded to a hurricane on the way to South Carolina—so Ian again owes his existence to climate change? Someone ask Don or Whoopie, quick.
President Biden, before asking where Willard Scott was (Kidding!), said yesterday that Hurricane Ian could be the “deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history.” This was and is nonsense, but the mainstream media went out of its way to try to cover for Joe by putting out misleading articles like NBC’s “How Hurricane Ian compares to Florida’s most destructive storms” and Reuters’ “Factbox: The worst hurricanes in Florida’s history as Ian takes aim.” According to these and other sources, the only hurricanes in Florida history occurred since 1990, making it pretty easy to rank Ian among the “deadliest” (if you ignore Katrina). Well heck, if Florida had no hurricanes until the last 30 years, Don Lemon must be right about climate change!
Of course, Florida has had scores of deadly hurricanes, the worst on record probably being the un-named 1935 Labor Day hurricane, which killed more than 400 people. (So far, the death toll in Florida is 12). The President was scaremongering and talking nonsense again, but keeping Florida’s storm history to just 30 years was a clever way to cover for him.
Funny, I’m pretty sure climate change wasn’t a problem in 1935….how did that storm happen?
In its deceptive, Joe-supporting news story, NBC writes, “[H]urricanes in recent years have become rainier and more intense because of climate change.” No evidence is given, naturally, because this is all confirmation bias. The articles also cleverly pivot from Biden’s absurd “deadliest” prediction to “most destructive” or “worst” using “costliest” as the measure for what constitutes “destructive.” Obviously Florida is far more developed now than in, say, 1960, when Hurricane Donna killed at least 364 and caused $900 million damage in 1960 dollars.
Conclusion: It is literally impossible to get straightforward information from the news media today without having to spend time on independent research and checking multiple sources. The reason for this is that the news media is adding its partisan and ideological agendas to everything….even the weather.