Sunday, 20 November 2011

You keep using that word.

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

The oo fails basic literary skills yet again.

Climate change effects unknown: IPCC report

Unknown? Considering the IPCC is very clear about the projected effects of AGW on the climate, many of which appear to be coming to fruition already, the word 'unkown' is deliberately obfuscating what is within the report. Uncertain perhaps, but not unknown.

An increase in heat waves is almost certain, while heavier rainfall, more floods, stronger cyclones, landslides and more intense droughts are likely across the globe this century as the Earth's climate warms, UN scientists say.

This is interesting not only in the fact that journalists, who ought to know better the usage of words, and their implications, appear to be giving the reader a conclusion which is directly at odds with the actual contents of the report, as they have done before with the BER, NBN and AGW previously. Considering the departing hartigans comments at the media inquiry being led by Ray Finkelstein QC

Apparently, our readers are so weak-minded that they don't have ability to make up their own minds unless they have riding instructions from our newspapers."

Well, to me, a headline such as "Climate change effects unknown: IPCC report" reeks of 'riding instructions', and, unless you were to seek alternative avenues for your information, might well be drawn to the inaccurate conclusion this story attempts to portray.

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