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  • Wash. Times loose with facts on claims that climate "alarmists" silence "dissent"

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    The Washington Times falsely claimed both that a paper by economist Ross McKitrick was "excluded" from the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, as evidence of attempts by "alarmists" to "silence" McKitrick for his "dissent" on global warming science, and that the IPCC was the "sole authority upon which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based its December 'endangerment finding.'" In fact, McKitrick's paper was included in the IPCC report, and the EPA cites several sources as the basis for its finding.

  • Noel Sheppard presents: How to selectively quote from a story so it fits your narrative

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    Yesterday, NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard marveled that Time magazine printed a "scare piece about the melting Arctic seas" "on the SAME DAY" that Britain's Daily Mail reported that scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) found that Arctic sea ice cover "dramatically increased last month." Sheppard then commented on how the American media's coverage of global warming is "disgraceful" because it only reports what's convenient to the global warming agenda. Here's what Sheppard clipped from the Daily Mail article about the increased ice levels:

    The amount of sea ice covering the Arctic dramatically increased last month, reaching levels not seen at this time of year for nearly a decade.

    Returning ice - after years of declining cover - has astonished climate scientists who blamed unusually cold weather over the Bering Sea.

    Researchers said they recorded the most ice in March since 2001 - and that the cover is approaching long-term average levels for the first time in ten years.

    Guess what Sheppard didn't tell you? The VERY NEXT SENTENCE of the Daily Mail article says the "scientists who released the data stressed that last month's rise was part of yearly variations in ice cover and could not be taken as a sign that global warming is coming to an end." The article also quotes NSIDC scientist Mark Serreze as saying, "What this doesn't show is any indication that global warming is over. If you look at the Arctic as a whole we might get to average amounts of sea ice for the time of year. But the ice is thin and quite vulnerable and it can melt very quickly."

  • Fox & Friends wants to know: Why aren't the people at Google good Christians like the rest of us?

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    Today is Good Friday, and naturally, the hosts at Fox & Friends are wigging out. What, you ask, could possibly have Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy, and Peter Johnson Jr. so outraged?

    Apparently, Google is "ignoring Good Friday" by not acknowledging it -- as it has done for other holidays -- with a custom logo "doodle" commemorating Jesus' crucifixion. Instead, Google's homepage features a doodle commemorating Hans Christian Andersen's 205th birthday.

  • The Fox Nation and its gay-baiting ways

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    The Fox Nation -- Fox News' bastion of "fair and balanced" -- is currently blasting this headline: "Obama appointee: 'Gay Sex is Morally Good,'" below a picture of Chai Feldblum, President Obama's appointee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It links to a FoxNews.com article about how social conservatives oppose Feldblum's appointment because they're "disturbed by her work to promote gay, lesbian, and transgender rights" and are convinced that she'll impose her agenda on federal workplace discrimination laws. The article also mentions that she once said, "gay sex is morally good."

    Three things about this stand out:

  • Fox's Carlson advances falsehood that students will "only be able to get" loans "through the government"

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    Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson falsely claimed that "moving forward," students will "only be able to get" a loan "through the government." In fact, the recently-passed student loan reform does not eliminate private lending; it only requires that students receiving federal loans acquire them directly from the government.

  • CEI's Horner enlists Fox News in manufacturing another climate email scandal

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    A March 30 FoxNews.com article advanced global warming skeptic Chris Horner's baseless claim that climate scientists' emails show that the U.K.'s Climatic Research Unit's (CRU) temperature data are inaccurate, and that NASA's, "by its own admission," "are in even worse shape." In fact, there is no evidence in any of the emails that show the data from either organization are wrong.

  • Media invent Obama hypocrisy on recess appointments

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    Several media reports have suggested President Obama is hypocritical for making recess appointments because he criticized President Bush in 2005 for bypassing the Senate when he appointed John Bolton as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. But Obama was not generally criticizing recess appointments; rather, he -- along with at least two Republicans -- specifically argued that a recess appointment for such a high-profile diplomatic position could affect the United States' credibility and leverage in the U.N.

  • Fox News: Threats against Democrats are wrong, but ...

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    Amid reports that several Democrats in Congress have been the targets of death threats, racial and anti-gay epithets, and have had their offices vandalized for their votes on health care reform, several Fox News personalities have been quick to first condemn the threats but then immediately make excuses for the threats. Others have appeared to dismiss the seriousness of the threats.