Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quote Of The Week

The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?

The New York Times


What an absurd statement.

Let's break it down into two parts.

First is the extensive damage. Reading the quote one comes away thinking that the extensive damage is because of the storm. In reality it is because it is hitting one of the most densely populated and most expensive areas in terms of property values in the country.

Yes, this may be one of the most expensive storms to ever hit the US but how does that make it more powerful?

Second we have the question of whether hurricanes are getting worse. Maybe they are and maybe they are not but how is this storm in any way a barometer of that? At best this is a middling strength storm.

This is like going into a 7/11 at night and seeing two other people in the store and deducing from that that their business is increasing.

Now realize I am not making light of the hurricane or damage it will cause. It will likely be significant. I know people in it's path and worry for them.

There is only one question about all of this really though. Does the NYT have any credibility at all anymore?

8 comments:

Brooke said...

The answer to your question is no, they do not.

Chuck said...

Brooke, agreed

Z said...

I'm with you ... no credibility. http://www.amazon.com/Gray-Lady-Down-Decline-America/dp/1594034869

Check that out, Chuck. Interesting article about the decline of the NY Times; and check out the books people who bought this book are also reading...Conservative books. Seems like nobody on the Left wants to admit what's going on.
Even Juan Williams calls the decline of the Gray Lady a product of "arrogance and a limited world view."

Here's a review by Mickey Kaus, a Newsweek writer no less:

"Like many New York Times readers, I got the queasy feeling that something fundamental had changed at the paper with Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr.'s ascendancy in the early 1990s. America's most important paper became somehow more unashamed of its political bias and more insulated. By skillfully reporting the telling anecdotes, disturbing incidents and outright scandals of the past two decades, William McGowan shows us that things at the Times aren't as bad as we'd thought. They're worse! If he had common sense, Pinch Sulzberger would read ths book and promptly resign. But if he had common sense he wouldn't be Pinch Sulzberger."

Mickey Kaus is one of the most fair writers anywhere; a leftist who isn't afraid to criticize the left and criticize the right FAIRLY...not often something we see.

Phill Senters said...

I give it no credibility at all. The global warming/cooling controversy has been ongoing for more than a hundred years. I wrote this on it about a year ago:
Global Warming: Or Cooling? | RedGage - http://goo.gl/3jZBV

Alligator said...

No, the Gray Lady became the Old Hag along with Helen (Hezbollah) Thomas long, long ago. No objective journalism goes on there as there is no difference between their "reporting" and their "editorials."

Chuck said...

Z, they have no shame. They no full well what they are doing

Phil, it's climate change now ;)

Alligator, funny this is the same thing the left accuses Fox of

cube said...

Count on the New York Times getting it wrong every time.

Chuck said...

Cube, at least they are consistent