Today's example. From the worst of the worst - the New York Times. Get a load of this lie to be found in "A Battle in Mining Country Pits Coal Against Wind":
For many renewable-energy advocates outside the region, the struggle at Coal River Mountain has become emblematic of an effort across the country to find alternatives to fossil fuels. They have lent money, expertise and high-profile celebrities like Daryl Hannah and James Hansen, the NASA climate scientist, to help residents advance their case for wind power and to make it a test case for others pursuing similar projects nationwide.Bullshit.
The mountain, which is privately owned and leased to coal interests, is also one of the last intact mountaintops in a region whose contours have otherwise been irreversibly altered by extreme surface-mining techniques. Preserving its peaks for ...
(Google) Earth to New York Times reporter who has never been to West Virginia (and who probably would never go there, even on a bet, because the people there aren't like those in Manhattan - West Virginians smell and are ignorant, they all know that): "The last intact mountaintop"? Are you serious?
Ever heard of Google™ earth?
Here's a satellite image of the heart of coal country in southern West Virginia - McDowell County:
See that green? That's either mountains or valleys between mountains. Does it look like surface mining has stripped away all but one of the "intact mountaintops" in the region? Can you detect any surface mining at all going on? Look real hard. See any "contours [that] have otherwise been irreversibly altered by extreme surface-mining techniques"?
I'll give you a helpful hint. Those little splotchy gray areas to the right are - in most cases - surface mining operations. The itty bitty gray dots in that sea of green mountains. Does the photo back up what the reporter - Tom Zeller, Jr. - puts across?
Thus: "In U.S., Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Remains a Rarity" Believe me, these guys work hard to achieve that reputation.
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Here's the kicker. The Times photo that accompanies Mr. Zeller's "report" belies his declaration too:
Look closely and you'll see a surface mining operation in the foreground and a bunch of pristine mountains in the background. "The mountain ... is one of the last intact mountaintops in a region whose contours have otherwise been irreversibly altered by extreme surface-mining techniques."
A lie. Journalism irreversibly altered by extreme bias and abject ignorance.
Photos courtesy of Google™ earth and the New York Times.