Ridiculous … As I sit here in the western Carolinas watching for the latest forecast regarding Hurricane Florence, grown men and women at the Washington Post have been busy putting together one of the most ridiculous arguments about the weather you’ll probably ever see. You see, President Donald Trump is “complicit” in the damage that this massive hurricane will do.
Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.
That’s some top-grade Trump Derangement Syndrome right there.
The editorial board wrote, “Scientists also warn that climate change may be slowing the wind currents that guide hurricanes, making storms more sluggish and, therefore, apt to linger longer over disaster zones.”
Here’s some real science from the Weather Channel, which reported that it’s the “Bermuda high” steering this particular storm path. The report states, “This mighty ridge of high pressure is set to debunk climatology.”
Next thing you know, the editorial board at the Post will be blaming Trump’s rhetoric for causing that high pressure system.
Speaking of blowhards … Yesterday was a day to reflect on the horrible attack against the United States on 9/11. It certainly wasn’t a day for idiots like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to use the backdrop of thousands of dead Americans to attack the president. Nevertheless, Joe persisted.
I wrote yesterday about how Scarborough shamelessly said Trump is worse for the country than the 9/11 terrorists. In a column for the Washington Post – sensing a pattern? – Scarborough said:
Osama bin Laden was killed by SEAL Team 6 before he accomplished that goal. Other tyrants who tried to do the same were consigned to the ash heap of history. The question for voters this fall is whether their country will move beyond this troubled chapter in history or whether they will continue supporting a politician who has done more damage to the dream of America than any foreign adversary ever could.
Scarborough didn’t really shy away from the post later in the day, when he blamed “Trump supporters” for misunderstanding what he was trying to say.
Joe, we understood, loud and clear.
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Facebook taking journalists to report fake news? … Facebook has a product for journalists to find events and news articles that are trending on the internet. It’s called CrowdTangle. I use it here at Conservative Review, as do journalists and commentators from around the country. That service is now allowing users – mainly journalists – the ability to report “potentially false news.”
Stopping the spread of blatantly factually incorrect information is a lofty goal. But this power, in the hands of the likes of CNN’s Oliver Darcy, for example, could be abused. Here’s to hoping that Facebook has robust safeguards in place against campaigns meant to quell speech.
Speaking of Oliver Darcy: Thought Cop … Yesterday, ThinkProgress got upset that Facebook had the temerity to allow the Weekly Standard – whom they described as a “conservative” outlet – fact-check ThinkProgress on something that was demonstrably false.
In rushed the dynamic duo of CNN’s media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy to run cover for ThinkProgress. Last night, in his daily email, Stelter included a section from Darcy on the kerfuffle and the fact that the NeverTrumpers over at the Weekly Standard were factually correct. But then it got weird.
In true Stelter/Darcy style, they said that partisan outlets shouldn’t be able to fact-check other partisan outlets for sites like Facebook. Does this mean the dynamic duo thinks that places like PolitiFact, the aforementioned Washington Post, and other left-leaning publications shouldn’t be in the fact-check business either?
Hurricane Florence is nothing to take lightly. Here in the Carolinas, we’re watching the storm intently. It looks like our area will be getting mostly rain, but it could be a lot. Please take caution and be safe.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.