The other day I spotted a global warming denial propaganda piece from that paragon exemplar of quality journalism Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com and wrote about it here. While there is a half-hearted tepid admission that the article » Nature Journal of Science Discredits Man-made Global Warming – Big Government contained a “minor citation error” (I laughed out loud when I read that!) from the editors but the damage is done. As Mark Twin famously said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” The article has already been copied and pasted into countless global warming denial blogs and forums around the net without any kind of correction and the article author hasn’t made any kind of retraction or correction to the article on his blog either. The lie is still traveling around just like they (Breitbart and Street) want it to. Apparently the tiny admission that they blew it at Big Goverment came about as a result of being exosed for the lying propagandists they are by:
- Mother Jones — Breitbart Silent About Big Error on His Big Government Site | Mother Jones
- Media Matters for America — Confirmed: Breitbart Sites Won’t Correct Obvious Factual Errors and..
- Andrew Revkin of the NY Time — Cosmic Breitbart Climate Blunder
Revkin makes a great point that I think speaks to the damage this kind of propaganda causes:
“It’s no wonder that, despite occasional shifts in polls and deeply polarized small factions at the edges of climate discourse (nourished by this kind of material), the public largely remains disengaged on the issue.”
Despite being caught I am pretty sure Breitbart and Street are feeling pretty good about themselves.