Climate change and media bias.
The majority of the mainstream journalists have become staunch advocates of the global warming hypothesis. Their reporting clearly favours reports from the warmists while they gleefully parrot warmist jibes at skeptics; phrases such as "deniers".
Australia's ABC is one of the leaders of the pack.
In November 2013 the ABC ran a two-part report in which it eagerly presented Professor Chris Turney’s Antarctic expedition as a serious scientific quest to prove how global warming was damaging Antarctica. Back then it couldn’t mention climate change enough.
But in a delicious irony, the ship load of warmist scientists and journalists were trapped by ice as they tried to prove global warming was melting Antarctica.
Suddenly the ABCs reporting changed.
What was astonishing was that not once in their reports did the ABC mention “global warming” or “climate change” or even “climate scientists”. It did everything humanly possible to cover up the most embarrassing PR disaster in years for the global warming movement.
With Turney’s ship of warmist scientists and journalists embarrassingly stuck in ice for more than a week - the ABC’s 7.30 filed a report which no longer sold Turney’s team as “one of the largest Australian science expeditions to Antarctic” on a mission to “answer questions about ... climate change”.
This time it sold them as merely “tourists” and a few unspecified scientists. This time it did not mention “climate change” once. Indeed, Turney, who the ABC in November identified as a professor from the Climate Change Research Centre of the University of NSW, was this time identified merely as “expedition leader”. Not once did 7.30 last night report the real story and the real joke - that a ship carrying warmist scientists and journalists, plus a Greens politician, was trapped in thick ice that those on board had insisted was melting away.
Let there be no doubt, the mission was to document and record scientific changes in Antarctica and to broadcast that to the world. Most scientific missions don’t have a dedicated media team, but this one named a staff of five journalists. There is a journalist and a documentary maker from the Guardian as well as a senior producer from the Science Unit at the BBC world service. If they’d discovered less sea ice, fewer penguins, or big cracks, we know the images would be all over the mass media and it would be evidence for “climate change”.
But when the MV Akademik Shokalskiy trapped by thick sea ice, the mission apparently decided to call it a tourist boat. The BBC now tell us the mission was “to follow the route explorer Douglas Mawson travelled a century ago”. Don’t mention the climate.
Most other mainstream media also stuck with story of "tourists" ice-bound in the Antarctic.