The mainstream media let its bias hang out yesterday in the Associate Press’ story by Kevin Begos about health impacts associated with fracking and natural gas development.
The Associated Press claims that science reporting, especially in matters of public health, must be held to a very rigorous standard. Which, if true, would be easy to respect. But that rigor is only applied to one side of the fracking debate.
Mainstream Media How To for Report on Fracking:
- Fracking impacts. APPLY RIGOR HERE
- Anecdotes to make fracking look safe: DO NOT APPLY RIGOR HERE
- Give false choices
You will have to read the EarthBlog post for the details but here is a nice slideshow of natural gas production adding soot and nitrous oxide to our air.
And here is a slideshow of wind and solar adding nothing to our air.