Matt Patterson

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  • Sea Level Shenanigans

    Blog ››› ››› JOCELYN FONG

    Due to melting ice and the expansion of a warming ocean, the global sea level rose at a rate of 1.7mm/year during the 20th century and at a rate of more than 3mm/year since 1993, according to NASA.

    But data from the University of Colorado's Sea Level Research Group show that since last summer, the sea level dropped 6mm, representing what NASA calls a "pothole on road to higher seas":

    sea level chart

    Climate scientist Josh Willis explained that the "pothole" was caused by the dramatic shift in natural climate patterns from El Niño to La Niña, which redistributed the globe's water, dumping much of it on land this year. Willis said the drop in sea level doesn't change the long term trend: "We're heating up the planet, and in the end that means more sea level rise ... But El Niño and La Niña always take us on a rainfall rollercoaster, and in years like this they give us sea-level whiplash."

    As you can imagine, that key fact won't stop conservative media from employing the well-worn and always wrong tactic of using short-term changes to dismiss the long-term trends driven by human-induced global warming.

  • Right-Wing Media Find Another Poor Excuse To Ignore Climate Change: Polar Bear Edition

    ››› ››› SHAUNA THEEL

    In response to the suspension of federal scientist Charles Monnett, who authored a 2006 article documenting polar bear deaths, conservative media have claimed that the case exposes "the global warming fraud" and that polar bears are not threatened by climate change. In fact, extensive research establishes that polar bears are vulnerable to extinction due to decreasing sea ice, and human-induced global warming is supported by a robust body of evidence independent of any polar bear studies.

  • Conservative Media Somehow Declare Trump "The Winner" Of Birther Controversy

    ››› ››› HARDEEP DHILLON

    After President Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate, members of the conservative media declared Donald Trump the "winner" for having pushed birther theories so intently. However, these conservative media figures ignored the fact that the long-form birth certificate made Trump's previous claims that Obama's birth certificate "was missing" and that Obama might not even "have a birth certificate" look completely ridiculous.

  • Wash. Times op-ed: "America's liberals are happily arming Osama bin Laden"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    In an October 13 Washington Times op-ed, Capital Research Center's Matt Patterson wrote that "America's liberals are happily arming Osama bin Laden" and stated: "America's enemies are attracted to the arguments and rhetoric of the elite Western left for a simple reason: They share with the left the same hatred -- for Western culture, especially capitalism -- and the same goal -- the diminution of Western (and especially American) power." From Patterson's op-ed:

    America's enemies are attracted to the arguments and rhetoric of the elite Western left for a simple reason: They share with the left the same hatred - for Western culture, especially capitalism - and the same goal - the diminution of Western (and especially American) power.

    [...]

    While the Sept. 11 attacks failed in their ultimate goals that day, we are following ruinous policies that will do the terrorists' work for them - crippling the U.S. economy on a scale of which bin Laden scarcely could have dreamed.

    Al Qaeda's attacks even may have helped the process along. Think about it. Terrorists attack the United States on Sept. 11. The U.S. pushes back hard, invading two predominantly Muslim countries and overthrowing the regimes in both. However, the American public judges the handling of the wars to be badly managed by the party in power (in this case, the GOP), putting the electorate in perfect position to be charmed by a left-wing, anti-capitalist candidate promising "change." The left-wing candidate, once elected, proceeds to do what left-wing politicians do - expand the welfare state. Within short order, a new trillion-dollar entitlement is added to our already creaking economy, and the debt and deficits pile higher than ever before.

    Our national debt - not yet two years into the Obama presidency - is a whopping $13.6 trillion, or 92 percent of gross domestic product. Some analysts, however, suspect the real number could range from $60 trillion to $200 trillion once you add in all unfunded federal liabilities. This is a fiscal house of cards that is destined to collapse, and catastrophically so. The sociopolitical chaos that will ensue can only be imagined. It also may be imagined that, wherever he is, if he still is, the chaos will give great comfort to Osama bin Laden and company.