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Richard Rider

Notice all the mega-hurricanes since Katrina? Me neither. MSM mum on their 2005 doomsday projections.

Evidence of the liberal bias of MSM is overwhelming. But sometimes the best examples is what these networks and newspapers DON’T report. Consider this example.

The media gave the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina extensive play last month. Naturally there was heavy emphasis on the failure of FEMA, with a generous amount of blame dumped on hapless George Bush (none of which I have a problem with).

But what the MSM has largely ignored are the doomsday predictions all the networks were hyping after Hurricane Katrina — the coming massive hurricanes from global warming. Katrina was declared to be definitely the product of global warming, and just the start a series of disastrous mega-hurricanes — all caused by global warming.

Unfortunately for MSM and global warming alarmists, it didn’t happen.  Not even close.  In the following 10 years there was a DEARTH of U.S. hurricanes, or big hurricanes.

Okay, okay — they made a mistake.  The smug assertions and prognostications were poppycock.  Hey, anyone can be gloriously, fatuously, obnoxiously wrong.

But what’s galling now is the silence by most of the MSM — their reluctance to look back, and report today just how very wrong they were.  THAT demonstrates the liberal media bias in full bloom.  I would not have expected anything different from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the NY TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, or the LA TIMES.

The article below detailing these Katrina Cassandra predictions by the press is obviously NOT from the MSM.  It’s from a biased conservative website.  But it cites ten glaring examples (with links) of what the MSM reported, and how far off the mark they were.  Thank goodness for the Internet.  BTW, this article and links view better (including videos of doomsday “news” reports) by going to the website.


Katrina Anniversary: Media’s 10 Most Outlandish Hurricane Predictions Full of Hot Air


By Alatheia Larsen and Joseph Rossell | August 26, 2015 |
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, destroying homes, businesses, and claiming more than 1,000 lives. The networks saw Katrina as a harbinger of climate doom.
Hurricane Katrina was the 7th-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, the third-deadliest in US history, and the most expensive at roughly $108 billion (including economic impact,). That was more than twice as costly as Tropical Storm Sandy, which hit New York and New Jersey in 2012.
In the weeks and months following the storm and catastrophic flooding, the networks repeatedly exploited the Katrina tragedy to push a radical climate change agenda.
All three broadcast networks claimed multiple times that Hurricane Katrina was not only caused by global warming, but also a sign of bad things to come. CBS made the most predictions including the warning that “since 1990, the number of big hurricanes in the Gulf is up again, and there’s no end in sight.” The networks also worried storms like Katrina could be the “new normal” for the United States.
Now 10 years after Katrina, many of the network predictions have been proven wrong. According to research by the American Geophysical Union, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and other independent meteorologists have thrown cold water on claims that global warming makes hurricanes more intense or more frequent. Major hurricanes impacting the U.S. have also been on the decline since 2005, during a nine-year Atlantic hurricane landfall drought.
Here are 10 of the networks’ worst predictions about hurricanes since Hurricane Katrina:
1. NBC Says To ‘Expect Such Storms More Often’ Thanks To Global Warming
The networks wasted no time in blaming global warming for Hurricane Katrina, and predicting more storms like it. The very day after Katrina made landfall, NBC Nightly News aired an “In Depth” segment on its day-by-day formation.
“Even with it’s slight weakening, Katrina was one of the biggest ever, and many scientists say we can expect such storms more often as global warming increases sea temperatures around the world,” NBC’s chief science correspondent Robert Bazell said.
2. CBS: Frequency of Sandy and Katrina-like Storms Will ‘Double’ By 2030
In the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy, CBS was quick to revive Hurricane Katrina imagery, and again predicted that such storms would increase — even though predictions the network made seven years earlier were wrong.
On Nov. 3, 2012, This Morning co-host Rebecca Jarvis said, “As superstorms like Hurricane Sandy and Katrina in 2005, is this the new normal for our weather? They’ve long been considered once-in-a-century events, but researchers now say the frequency of such storms will at least double by the year 2030.”
Ben Straus, the chief operating officer of Climate Central, a global warming advocacy group, joined This Morning to discuss the claim.
“Sandy was off the charts,” he said, exaggerating the strength of the storm. “Our climate change made it worse. But Sandy was off the charts. However, it is very much the new normal that we’re seeing more extreme weather, bigger storms more often, heat waves, drought like we saw this summer, fires.”
Sandy, however, was not actually “off the charts” at all. According to NOAA, when it made landfall in New Jersey, it had already been downgraded to a “post-tropical cyclone.” Sandy caused nearly $50 billion in damage, not because of its intensity, but because it struck the densely-populated and unprepared New Jersey and New York coastlines.
CBS turned to Strauss again that month for alarmist predictions about how climate change would impact the US.
3. ABC Claims Scientists Might Need to Invent Category 6 for Hurricane Scale
On May 22, 2006, ABC News anchors Diane Sawyer and Bill Blakemore made dire predictions about future hurricane activity in the US.
“We’ve all heard of the category five storm, the worst.” Sawyer teased, “But could there soon be something even beyond that?”
Blakemore ran with that saying that National Hurricane Center scientists were “grappling with a lot of new evidence that shows manmade global warming has been making hurricanes worse around the world.” He also claimed “scientists are even considering adding a new hurricane category, 6.”
Blakemore pressed for a category 6 in other ABC reports, and has mocked climate change skeptics, calling them “denialists.” In 2009, he claimed global warming was playing into the hands of America’s enemies. 
. . . to read seven more stark examples go to the article URL.


Looking back, it’s easy to see how wrong the networks were.
In 2008, The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) responded to climate change assumptions about hurricanes saying, “There is nothing in the U.S. hurricane damage record that indicates global warming has caused a significant increase in destruction along our coasts.”
As the years passed, the more obvious it was that fewer major hurricanes were hitting land. In April 2015, the American Geophysical Union reported that the United States has been in a nine year Atlantic hurricane landfall drought. A record low.
AGU said, “Such a remarkable ‘hurricane drought’ has never been seen before – since records began in 1851 … the last major hurricane – of Category 3 or higher – to make landfall in the U.S. was Hurricane Wilma in 2005.”
Research by meteorologists Anthony Watts and Ryan Maue, and environmental studies professor Roger Pielke, Jr. showed the same hurricane drought and an overall slump in tropical cyclone activity throughout the world.