Media Gobble Up Anti-Business Climate Rhetoric From InsideClimate News
By Aly Nielsen
The climate alarmist blog, InsideClimate News, has been peddling climate change attacks against ExxonMobil, and the media are eating it up.
InsideClimate News, together with the Los Angeles Times, is responsible for starting the witch hunt against ExxonMobil, and outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post have continued it.
In September, 2015, The left-wing climate blog, which is published by anti-capitalist David Sassoon, accused ExxonMobil of knowing that climate change was real, and lying about it. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, D-NY., responded launching an investigation into ExxonMobil, which USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times all covered.
Between Nov. 5, 2015, when Schneiderman first announced the investigation, and Nov. 23, 2015, the outlets printed 11 stories, all which assumed climate change was a settled fact, and didn’t question InsideClimate’s bias or motive or the assault on ExxonMobil’s free speech.
Those same four outlets wrote at least seven more stories about InsideClimate and the ExxonMobil investigation between Nov. 23, 2015 and July 25, 2016.
In January, 2016 The New York Times reported that Attorney General Kamala Harris, D-Ca., was launching her own ExxonMobil investigation. The article also included a suggestion from Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., that “the Department of Justice could, as it did in its fight against the tobacco industry, pursue racketeering charges.”
When the Attorneys General Maura Healey, D-Ma., and Claude Walker, I-Vi., announced their own investigations at the end of March, 2016, the same four outlets hyped the news.
The Washington Post repeated InsideClimate News’ attack that ExxonMobil researchers “were concerned about climate change” while the company “raised doubts about the science” in public.
The Los Angeles Times credited InsideClimate News with proving that “Exxon incorporated climate change research into its business operations while making public statements disputing the very same science.”
The New York Times, meanwhile, promoted Schneiderman’s own claim that ”The First Amendment, ladies and gentlemen, does not give you the right to commit fraud.”