Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Joel Connelly's Echo Chamber

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Recently the term "echo chamber" has been used to describe things with which one disagrees with or doesn't want to hear again.

Last Sunday, in his Seattle PI column, Joel Connelly, making a strong and passionate defense of Al Gore and his climate change colleague, used it again. I wasn't struck so much by the data he was presenting, but by the method in which he was presenting it---a method that is taking on the characteristics of a formula.

Let's call it the "Echo Chamber Formula."

This is how it works.

1. Echo chamber

If it isn't new, it isn't true. Discredit historical components that do not support the agenda. In defense of the comments made by global warming advocates at the University of East Anglia in Britain, he says it's no big deal. They were merely caught in "gossipy conversation about how to discredit global warming critics."

It is a big deal and it will likely become even bigger as the investigations begin. If the kind of climate legislation that is presently being proposed becomes law, it could be the proverbial "last straw" in breaking the back of America.

He says the critic's data and comments are a "Classic example of Junk Propaganda." "The klutzy profs at East Anglia," he says, "have become devil figures in a canny disinformation campaign, directed into an ideologues' echo chamber." Although they said what they said, I don't want to hear it any more, because it is contrary to where we want to go.

2. Attack the Messenger.

What the critics are saying cannot be true because those who are dissenting are, "Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the Drudge Report and the right- wing Daily Telegraph in Britain."

Mr. Connelly says of these folks, "They sit in New York TV studios, the Daily Telegraph's city room and Drudge's Florida's digs and spout falsehoods: The distortions, in turn, are eaten up by an audience that is sour, sedentary and suspicious of change."

So if you do or have ever listened to Limbaugh, digested the Daily, or did the Drudge Report, you are as bad as the messengers themselves. You are, sour, sedentary and suspicious. And you're afraid of change. You are called a "denier".

3. Attack the Message.

Connelly says those who deny the global warming message, "never go near the actual conditions that scientists are measuring recording."

Why then are they so persistent in their attempt to silence and discredit those scientists who disagree?

The most amazing part is the explanation of why the "deniers" message is gaining traction.

Connelly says it's because, "newspapers are contracting faster than glaciers and polar icepacks." And why are newspapers contracting--or going out of business? Probably because they themselves have become an "echo chamber" of the far left.

To affirm his homily, Connelly asks everyone to turn in their book of truth: Al Gore's new book titled, "Our Choice". Together we read Gore's words. "With budgets shirking, many news organizations have relied on shortcuts in covering disputes: Rather than devoting the time and resources necessary to investigate competing claims, they commonly use the 'one-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand' approach that can suggest a false symmetry between the merits of differing view points."

Connelly points out, "In other words, a flack's sound bite gets equal play with a scientist's finding."

At the heart of Mr. Gore's and his followers may well be best defined in the title of Mr. Gore's new book.

Indeed it is our choice. And as people become more informed, they become more inclined to resist the far left experiment.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. I don't know about you, but I am very concerned that the Cloward-Piven approach to governing this country will actually work and put America on the mat! The Cap and Trade legislation and Big Govt Health care make up the final one-two knockout punch.

    Get out the smelling salts, America!

  2. For anyone interested in one legitimate, independent source of information that offers data on the science (collection) of US climate records, and the truly basic problems with the sites, instruments, and data sets used to calculate US climate trends, check out

    Nothing could more directly touch "the actual conditions that scientists are measuring and recording". Form your own opinion on the adequacy of the data behind the science.

  3. Hello!, owe, owe, owe, owe,...
    Anybody in there!, air, air, air, air,...
    We don't want any government run health's care, air, air, air, air,..
    We don't want America marrying gays and killing babies, ies, ies, ies....

  4. Joel Connelly is about the last person on earth I would use for a honest dialog on global warming . From reading him in the past he mixes dogma with dogma , and you never know when his dogma has any facts behind it .
    The Connelly propaganda machine hurts the pro global warming the world is falling apart side of the debate .

    Global Warming is occurring , but to the extent and how much damage it is causing is openly disputed in the field of scientists.
    We do have a filthy planet and it needs to be taken care of . Being good stewards of the World I believe is a Christian principle. To do that by causing hardship on third world countries and feel good regulation based on Polar Bears has little or no effect on the problem .


  5. If we were to fight the enemy more at home we would likely fight him less overseas.

    I wonder how many soldiers die overseas because of how this nation has treated God, God, God, God,..

  6. To the earth pullution is not a big deal. When man pollutes
    himself out of existance the earth will just repair the damge and carry on. We are not separate from nature we are part of nature
    and subject to natural forces.

  7. "separate from nature we are part of nature
    and subject to natural forces."

    Ralph sounds like a great Hallmark card but not sure how you added to this conversation. How far do you believe we need to go to stop global warming ? Because it is going to cause sacrifice and lost to our GDP. How much , 1 percent of lost GDP and the jobs to go along with it . Or are you saying to start to change and gradually change , or a little of both . Never really hear specfics on this topic on what to do , one side says it is not happening , the other side the world is lost .

    My point is being good stewards of the planet is common sense . So is feeding your family and being warm in the winter . Now go from there . Whats your plan ?


  8. There is no 'global warming', so says many scientists, and I agree with them--God is in control--no worries!

  9. Mick : Make the priorities
    environment and then profits.

    Corporations priorities are profits. Their focus is profits
    above everything else. It is expensive and cuts into the bottom line to have environmental regulations, but without eveironmental regulations corporation will poison our food , water and air. Polutions of the environment by corporations before the EPA is our history.


    Reagans said this because he knew that reguations cut into the bottom line .


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