STUDY: CNN Viewers See Far More Fossil Fuel Advertising Than Climate Change Reporting

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http://mediamatters.org/research/2016/04/25/study-cnn-viewers-see-far-more-fossil-fuel-advertising-climate-change-reporting/209985

Following Temperature Record Announcements, Oil Industry Ads Outpaced Climate-Related Coverage By Almost 5-To-1

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The main stream media is owned and operated by the 1%. You hear what they want you to hear. You do not hear what they do not want you to hear.

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Plus CNN is in the business of selling advertising.

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Plus, aren't CNN's viewer numbers statistically insignificant, when compared to the total adult population of the country? I know their website gets a lot of traffic for election results, mostly because "cnn" is easy to type in, and their layout is easy to navigate. But the actual channel-we're talking just a few hundred thousand viewers, right? Less than one percent of adults.

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I'm surprised it's only 5:1. I'd have expected 5000:1. They're nothing more than a corporate propaganda distribution system, like every other mainstream media source today. Back in the late 90s / early 2000s I used to watch CNN, because I thought they were a serious news network. I remember they tried to discredit Scott Ritter, saying he was only against the Iraq invasion because he was doing business over there. Once you're able to spot the bias it almost becomes laughable. Sadly, unlike other countries where propaganda is rampant, many Americans aren't aware they're being lied to. Whereas in the former Soviet Union people knew when they turned on the TV they were getting distorted information, so they took it with a grain of salt.

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I guess climate change isn't that important if your rich and raking in billions,maybe you are omni-potent and don't need the eco-system.You can build a biosphere or a rocket to Mars.If your rich everything is just fine.

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I guess climate change isn't that important if your rich and raking in billions,maybe you are omni-potent and don't need the eco-system.You can build a biosphere or a rocket to Mars.If your rich everything is just fine.

I'm neither rich or raking in billions and climate change is not important. Mainly because human beings cannot control the climate no matter how loud the climate doom and gloomers shout. It is a testament to human gullability that some people think otherwise, no matter how smart or egg-headed they think they are. There, I said it. Call me a climate denier. I proudly wear the label.

By the way, this is 2016 for those of you who don't read the calender. Fossil fuel extraction and usage is not slowing down. Accept the truth and live your life to the fullest. Stop worrying about things of which you have no control.

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So our fossil fuel economy has had no effect on the climate? What explains the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere from about 280ppm to over 400ppm since the start of the Industrial Revolution? What explains the rise in temperture in the atmosphere and in the oceans?What explains the rise in sea level and contraction of ice cover?What explains the increased retention of solar energy around the planet? These are not theories, they are measurments. Global Warming and Climate Change are FACTS.If you are willing to roll the dice and keep the status quo and leave the next generation in crisis,do nothing you will be just fine.

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Simple answer...yes. The fossil fuel industry has ZERO effect on our climate. Measurements? Tell me, what is "normal" climate for the earth? Since the earth is billions of years old, how can anyone say what we are experiencing now is "normal"?

The climate system is too dynamic and too complex for even the best scientists to fully understand. FACT!

I have to go. I've got some tires to burn.

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FACT! That is some of the most ignorant nonsense I've ever read. FACT! You have absolutely NO idea what you're talking about. FACT! Climate change is accepted by virtually every scientist in the field, outside of the fraction of one percent that are bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry. FACT! I doubt you'll accept any rational argument or evidence, so I won't bother wasting any more time on you. Good luck with your fossil fuels.

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Quote marriott79: Climate change is accepted by virtually every scientist in the field, ...
nonsensical statement.

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The young scientist featured in the above video, University of California at Merced oceanographer Emmanuel Vincent, founded

Climate Feedback: A voice for science in climate change media coverage

because he was personally concerned that today's heavily weighted towards the influence of money-making news media are not doing a proper job of helping the public distinguish between truth and lies delivered to them by authorities. Examples of the results of decades of unscrupulous fortune-making news publications from a ridiculously and overwhelmingly corporate-owned, for-profit news media are not hard to find.

CNN and other corporate-owned and funded news aside, Climate Feedback is composed of a community of 130 scientists who review the mass media news on climate change issues for scientific accuracy.

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nonsensical statement.

Yes, stwo, your statement is nonsensical. Only the most gullible imbeciles on the planet would deny global warming at this point. It's an IQ test.

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You wrote "climate change" not global warming.

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Why do they even need to advertize fossil fuels? Are there any potential customers that aren't already buying it? Does anyone, while watching CNN, need a reminder that their car will eventually run out of gas?

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Why do they even need to advertize fossil fuels? Are there any potential customers that aren't already buying it? Does anyone, while watching CNN, need a reminder that their car will eventually run out of gas?

A better question is why does Boeing need to advertise. Who can afford a 747? At least the oil companies have a product the average citizen buys.

They do it for two reasons. The first is to buy the news media and the second is for their public image so congress will give them what they want.

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It looks like calling them out works. CNN just ran the following headline.


The fire in Canada looks a lot like climate change -- and that should scare you

"This is an example of what we expect -- and consistent with what we expect for climate change," said Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta who's been studying climate change and wildfire for decades. "This fire is unprecedented," he said, referring to its local impact.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/06/opinions/sutter-canada-wildfire-climate/in...

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The fires in Canada are happening not too far from tar sands land, I believe. Ironic?

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The fires in Canada are happening not too far from tar sands land, I believe. Ironic?

It's not ironic, it's God.

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Good luck with your fossil fuels.

Thank you. I will be using them for many years to come. And you know what? So will you and everyone else.

Thank you for playing and thank you for your support of the fossil fuel industry.

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