A rich time for satire

The Babylon Bee has been added to our list of sources. It recently got into a tussle with Snopes over fact checking satire as if it was serious straight-up news. Snopes is trending towards WaPo and NYT type ‘fact checking’ that leans heavily towards Leftist Propaganda Efforts. In light of yesterday’s academic psychiatrist interview on CNN, consider this Bee headline: CNN: ‘Our Ratings Are Only Tanking Because Trump Is Killing Off Viewers By The Millions’. “A guest on Stelter’s show suggested that Trump has killed more people than Hitler, Mao, and Stalin put together, and Stelter had to agree.” … “After the segment blaming Trump for the deaths of millions and CNN’s subsequent decline, the station continued to air 24/7 Trump coverage, which mostly consisted of the hosts screaming at the sky.

How The Media Enables Destructive Climate Change Hysteria. David Harsanyi – “Reporters have a responsibility to challenge the assumptions and exaggerations of activists.”

“Last weekend, the former chairman of psychiatry at Duke University, Dr. Allen Frances, claimed that Donald Trump “may be responsible for many more million deaths” than Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong combined. Frances, author of the fittingly titled “Twilight of American Sanity,” would later clarify by tweeting that he was talking about the “[t]errible damage Trump is doing to world climate at this global warming tipping point may be irreversable/could kill hundreds of millions of people in the coming decades.”

That’s quite the bold statement, considering the hefty death toll the Big Three extracted. But, really, it isn’t that shocking to hear. Frances’ pseudohistoric twaddle comports well with the pseudoscientific twaddle that’s been normalized in political discourse. Every year Democrats ratchet up the doomsday scenarios, so we should expect related political rhetoric to become correspondingly unhinged.

On climate change, you can say virtually anything, and no one will challenge your zealotry.

If journalists did their jobs, they would contest some of the assumptions and exaggerations that have now congealed as “crisis” in their newsrooms. Not necessarily the science, but the predictive abilities of scientists or the hyperbolic statements of politicians.

Worse, instead of conveying this good news, the media keeps cherrypicking problems without any context.

The story of humankind is one of acclimatization. We use technological advances and efficiencies to deal with change. We will adapt to organic and anthropogenic changes, as we always do, because it’s a lot cheaper than dismantling modernity. That’s the reality, no matter how hysterical activists get on TV.

Four Reports of Assaults Incited by CNN Journalists in Just 6 Weeks. John Nolte – “In the age of Jeff Zucker, CNN’s open bloodlust against Trump and his supporters, its open encouragement and embrace of violence to meet its left-wing goals, and its own staffers’ involvement in violence and alleged assaults, has become the norm.

Evidence that solar power in its current form may increase pollution … neo – “It seems it’s not the solar power itself that causes the problem, but the way solar and gas power work in concert” – messing with systems is always messy and usually loaded with unforeseen complications and consequences.

Wind Turbines Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be. DCE – “We can’t but help hearing about how renewables will save the Earth, cause the waters to recede from the flooded cities due to sea level rise, cure halitosis and male pattern baldness, and help with the “heartbreak of psoriasis”. But the reality is that renewables, specifically wind power, can’t meet the needs of our increasingly technological civilization.” … “It all boils down to this: Renewables are a scam for raking in millions of dollars in government subsidies and the ratepayers, and particularly the poorer ratepayers be damned.

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