Daily Archives: October 4, 2015

AP Styles ‘Deniers’ into ‘Doubters,’ Creating Newsroom Skeptics

As the Associated Press tries to create consensus on what to call those who question climate science, more disagreement ensues.

By Lisa Song, InsideClimate News
Sep 29, 2015

Is it denial or doubt? The Associated Press shifts gears. Credit: Matt Brown, via Flickr

A week after the Associated Press changed its official style on how to describe people who do not accept climate change science, its attempt to clarify the issue has resulted in little clarity. There is little agreement among climate reporters on if and how they would follow the new recommendation, and whether it will make any difference.

The AP’s official stylebook––a widely used guide on word choice, grammar and other elements of writing––advised reporters to stop using “skeptics” or “deniers” and adopt “climate change doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science.”

Some reporters praised the change, while others vowed to stick to the old terminology, or only accepted part of the new guideline. Although the stylebook is meant to standardize word choice across newsrooms, the change has failed to create a consensus on the term.

Ryan Grim, Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief, said in an article last week that his website would continue to use the word denier. “In no other circumstance would the complete rejection of science be treated so gently,” he wrote. “And it is only being done because, over the past decade, under intense pressure, an entire political party has embraced denialism.”

The reason for removing “denier,” according to the Associated Press announcement, is that the word “has the pejorative ring of Holocaust denier.” Meanwhile, “skeptic” was removed due to complaints from scientists who consider themselves genuinely skeptical, such as those who “debunk mysticism, ESP and other pseudoscience.” Those scientists say they do not want to be associated with people who challenge the established consensus of climate science.

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Reports Expose Zionists Stifling Dissent on US Campuses


TheRealNews

Published on Oct 4, 2015

Judith Butler and Dima Khalidi speak with TRNN’s Sharmini Peries, about two reports released this week, on how Israel’s defenders use false charges of anti-semitisim, law suits, and official denunciations to limit debate on US Campuses

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The Real House of Saud – Saudi Arabia’s Oil-For-Tyranny


TheRealNews

Published on Oct 3, 2015

Meet the new head of the United Nations panel on Human Rights: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy, and tells the untold people’s history of resistance to it. With a major, catastrophic war in Yemen and looming high-profile executions of activists, The Empire Files exposes true nature of the U.S.-Saudi love affair.

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Evolution of A Black Panther Party


TheRealNews

Published on Oct 2, 2015

Kathleen Cleaver discusses her parents’ influence on her political activism and her work in the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Published on Oct 4, 2015

Kathleen Cleaver discusses moving to Oakland to join the Black Panther Party (BPP), assisting with the “Free Huey” Campaign, and becoming the BPP’s Communications Secretary.

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Abby Martin & Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within


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Published on Sep 26, 2015

Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the ‘folly of Empire,’ the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system.

Chris Hedges is a former New York Times journalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of several books including his most recent, “Wages of Rebellion: the Moral Imperative of Revolt.” He publishes a weekly column on Truthdig.com and is the host of Days of Revolt, airing every Monday night on teleSUR english.

teleSUR’s The Empire Files airs every Friday night at 10:00 EST / 7:00 PST. Watch live here: http://bit.ly/1kuU2Vi

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Mixed reactions over Russia’s intervention against ISIS

RT America

Published on Sep 30, 2015

Russia received mixed reactions after carrying out targeted airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). RT’s Lindsay France speaks with Daoud Khairallah, a Georgetown professor of international law, about the accusations that Russian airstrikes are hitting non-IS-related targets, and the conflicting military tactics proposed by the US and Moscow.

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Behind the new climate plans in the U.S., China and India

PBS NewsHour

Published on Oct 4, 2015

This week, the EPA unveiled new rules to reduce polluting gasses emitted by U.S. factories and cars; India announced a $2 trillion plan to reduce its carbon emissions over the next 15 years; and China also released a new plan. Naveen Sadasivam of Inside Climate News joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the developments.

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