Bottom line, when it comes to the mainstream media every utterance of a word has a code behind it:
In the days leading up to Hurricane Irene's march through the Northeast, journalists repeatedly suggested that the storm was yet more evidence of climate change.
"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?" asked the New York Times' Justin Gillis in his August 28 piece.
HLN guest host Don Lemon asked scientist Bill Nye on Wednesday if the storm was proof of climate change. Nye answered that it was "consistent with all the predictions of climate change models" and added that the United States is behind the times in taking action on climate change. "There's no other developed world country that isn't very concerned about climate change," Nye asserted, and ABC's weatherman Sam Champion agreed.
MSNBC's guest host Chris Hayes teed up environmental activist Bill McKibben with this dour question on Thursday: "How do you maintain hope? Because sometimes I read about the climate, and I just sort of despair, or I want to throw in the towel." McKibben predictably answered that the hurricane's middle name was "global warming."
On Friday's Dylan Ratigan Show, as NewsBusters reported, MSNBC contributor Toure asked Stephen Flynn from the Center for National Policy if such a "massive storm" in New York City would be evidence of global warming. Flynn answered in the affirmative.