Facts Are Optional When Fact-Checkers Judge Candidates On Climate

cruzThe Associated Press asked eight climate and biological scientists to fact-check the presidential candidates on their statements and tweets about global warming. The results were predictable: The Democrats did well, the Republicans fared poorly.

The list of scientists enlisted by the AP included not one of the numerous identifiable skeptics. There was no Richard Lindzen, no Roy Spencer, no Fred Singer, no Judith Curry, to name but a few of many.

In fact, the only name among the group that might be known outside in the academy is Michael Mann, inventor of the hockey stick graph that has been the source of great controversy. Mann’s graph supposedly shows that global temperatures have soared in our industrial age after moving sideways for centuries. But there is no shortage of scientists, researchers and academics who doubt its accuracy. Some even say it’s a fraud and include Mann among “Big Climate’s Sleazy Charlatan(s) ” who are a “disgrace to the profession.”

Mann has defended his hockey stick to the point of suing columnist Mark Steyn because Steyn had the audacity to call the graph a fraud — so we know how he’s going to find the “facts” in this exercise.

In the final fact count, Hillary Clinton scored a 94 out of a possible 100, while former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley received a 91 and Sen. Bernie Sanders an 87.

The top Republican was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who got a 64. From there scores skidded downward until they reached Sen. Ted Cruz at the bottom with a 6.

The AP said that “to eliminate possible bias, the candidates’ comments were stripped of names and given randomly generated numbers, so the professors would not know who made each statement they were grading.” But this is not compelling. All the “professors” had to do was give those who made statements that agree with their position high marks while giving those who disagree with them low marks. Job done, case closed, Republicans are anti-science.

We’re sure that each one will say they conducted themselves with the utmost honor and did their jobs conscientiously. We write that to save them the trouble of having to tell us.

And that’s not what concerns us, anyway. We’re simply bothered by the makeup of the group. Could the AP not find a single “professor” who doesn’t line up with the narrative that man is causing the planet to warm through his greenhouse gas emissions? Did any member of this fact-check panel have even the slightest doubt about man-made global warming and at least temper any “possible bias”?

If anyone fixed this fact-check, it was the AP. With no interest in facts, it chose the panel, got the result it wanted, then misnamed the entire effort. Advocacy journalism? We’d say so.

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    GR82DRV

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    This is what we get when the eco-left media appoints itself as judge, jury, and executioner.

    Forget fair balance or objectivity. Today’s media is driven not by facts, but by leftist ideology. Joseph Goebbels’ legacy is alive.

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    Don G

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    At some point a “scientist” becomes an “advocate”. Michael Mann has crossed that line and judging by the scores, the other professors have too.

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    Amber

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    Cruz has the smarts ,personality , and backbone to
    do the job . None of the other candidates from either side will be able to earn the respect and trust of voters . He is not about to be bullied like Clinton has been .

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    GR82DRV

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    When Cruz took on that Sierra Club President who was expert testifying about global warming he stripped the man naked in a public hearing.

    Ted Cruz is the eco-leftist’s worst nightmare – a Harvard Law School magna cum laude graduate and National Debate Champion. Watch as the left tries to label him as “stupid”, as they do to dismiss all who disagree with their leftist views.

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    Thom

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    When I read the story to which this article references, I was amazed how little about climate science the author really knew. To me, it seemed like the lunatic calling the psychiatrist, ‘nuts.’ I sure wish they would have shown us the test and how it was graded… but then, there I go again, expecting facts from the Left.

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    Amber

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    The reason the MSM are so bought in to promoting the fake crisis of scary global warming has never fully come to light . Self interest to soften up and transition readers to a higher return electronic product is obvious but there has to be more .
    Some could actually “believe ” so they park their
    journalistic code to eliminate balanced reporting .

    Perhaps they simply show they have no skill set for science issues and then rely on a few “scientists ”
    to tell the story as they have been instructed .

    Or they have bought which is consistent with the small cartel of ” scientific experts ” included in that get out of jail free card … “scientists tell us “.

    Cruz must scare the crap out of the ring leaders of the scary global warming club . No wonder they ranked him where they did .

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