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January 02, 2014

Surprise: 98% of Reports on the Ice-Bound Antarctic Expedition Fail to Mention They Were Researching "Global Warming"

There are some things you're just not allowed to say, some Sacred Writs too holy to undermine with so much as an "ironically enough."

The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to do with the expedition.

In fact, rather than point out the mission was to find evidence of climate change, the networks often referred to the stranded people as “passengers,” “trackers” and even “tourists,” without a word about climate change or global warming.

Chris Turney, the expedition’s leader, is a professor of climate change at the University of South Wales. According to Turney’s personal website, the purpose of the expedition is to “discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.”

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According to Fox News, Turney admitted “we’re stuck in our own experiment.” They reported on Dec. 30, that a statement from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said, “Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up.”

An alleged news story from a Canadian paper calls those noting the irony of this situation "climate-change deniers."

ut the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which sought to retrace the steps famous Australian Antarctic geologist Douglas Mawson tread 100 years ago to see how the landscape had changed, was also mocked by climate-change deniers making hay of the fact that a group of researchers devoted to tracking global warming would get stuck in ice they claim is melting.

"Making hay" now includes "noting obvious ironies."

Something this writer herself did-- she is one of the very few reporters to note the irony of the situation. First paragraph:

Fused between thick sheets of Antarctic ice after numerous failed international rescue efforts, the ship full of climate-change scientists could have spent New Year’s Eve despairing the dicey — and ironic — situation in which they’d found themselves.

But you mustn't laugh too much at the New Gods. They will get angry, and throw a hurricane at you.


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