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Bias in Reporting?

November 14, 2009

Roger Pielke Sr. has a post up on his blog in which he charges that the news media have a bias in their reporting. As evidence of this, he links to three climate-related press releases that came out on the same day, one of which records record high and low temperatures, the other two of which point to land use changes and their impacts on climate.

His post is interesting for what it intimates, but I think he’s overstepping by suggesting that there’s a media bias. At least, what he offers as evidence isn’t strong enough to support such a claim. There are three related questions here, none of which he addresses. First, is this actually bias? Second, if so, what is this bias privileging? And third, is there anything problematic about this bias?

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