Just as fracking has their version of Joe Camel, Energy In Depth, fracking also has their Judith Miller, Associated Press’ Kevin Begos, as I mentioned yesterday.
The “articles” written by fracking’s Judith Miller seem to follow the same basic recipe over and over and over…:
- Call anyone who is critical of fracking an activist/fracktivist–even other award-winning journalists.
- Sprinkle in fracking Joe Camel discriptors: confused, full of fear, elitists, NIMBY etc.
- Toss in few quote cherries from select sources.
- Call oppositions’ facts into question and sprinkle liberally with fracking Joe Camel facts.
- Stir in “he said, she said.”
The additional research and bias-check steps from Journalism 101, aren’t in this recipe. Maybe that’s why Begos forgot to note in his latest that Robert Redford, like almost everyone else, was for gas before he was against it.
Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars
Narrated by Robert Redford and produced by the Redford Center and Alpheus Media, FIGHTING GOLIATH: TEXAS COAL WARS follows the story of Texans fighting a high-stakes battle for clean air.
This movie proposes natgas plants as an alternative. Shell Oil co-sponsored a screening and the film had some interesting supporters who are fracking profiteers. I wonder if enough digging might turn up some Chesapeake Energy money.
Most of America was for fracking gas before we had any direct experience of it. The opposition grows in direct proportion to expansion and experience not fear and ignorance and it brings together a diverse group. The harm caused by fracking is documented in peer-reviewed studies and is no longer in question.
Begos needs catch up and find a better recipe and his editors need to clock in and pay attention.
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Once people are exposed to the reality of fracking, the “clean gas” myth evaporates and they wake up and oppose it… Well, at the rate we are going, that’s going to be a LOT of people waking up to this nightmare. Maybe everyone will finally have enough of all this and demand the switch to clean energy! We can hope….