More Profiles In Liberalism

Is it a coincidence that whenever the Fish Wrapper profiles someone, it always seems to be a liberal? Today's profile in liberalism is entitled The activist-minded professor, and is about Jules Boykoff, a political science professor at Pacific University.

According to the article, Boykoff is quite the Renaissance man.

Boykoff, 36, is a political scientist. He is a poet and social activist with an unquenchable curiosity. He played soccer for the University of Portland and professionally, and cheers for the Tottenham Hotspurs. He and brother Max researched media treatment of global warming, helping form the basis for the Al Gore documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Ah, yes, Global Warming, the current imminent danger to all life on earth. Considering the MSM's constant fluctuation as to whether cooling or warming is a threat to life on earth, I wonder if he'll be warning about cooling in a few years?

In one hand, Boykoff can hold his weighty scholarly book, "Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements," and, in the other, his third collection of poetry, "Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge."

I wonder if that includes dissension against global warming, like those who say that "global warming deniers" should face Nuremberg-style trials for daring to speak out against the hysteria that is global warming?

He is finishing another book about case studies in global justice and the suppression of dissent. The new book is not directed at academia. "It's for my uncle, who drives a truck in Milwaukee," Boykoff said. "Or the people who aren't fortunate enough to go to a four-year college."

So in other words, those poor, uneducated masses that aren't aware when they are being suppressed.

Their work, first published in 2004 in the academic journal Global Environmental Change, was a statistical study of global warming coverage in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Despite overwhelming scientific opinion that global warming is a serious problem needing immediate attention, the brothers said, reporters gave equal weight to a small minority of opposing scientists who said global warming was a myth or not a threat.

Now this is a good example of attempting to frame the argument to favor one side. For example, how is "overwhelming scientific opinion" and "small minority" defined? In this case, the overwhelming part is conveniently supporting Mr. Boykoff's side.

I could go on and on about the global warning hype, but here's a very good article on The Real 'Inconvenient Truth'.

"Balance is good," Boykoff said. "Bias is bad. But balance can sometimes become bias.

Huh? So in other words, it's biased if you give a minority view equal coverage as the majority view? Wow. I wonder if he would be saying the same thing if he was referring to a subject where he was in the minority.

I wonder if he means the liberal bias that so pervades that MSM that sites like this one and Newsbusters necessary? I doubt it.

Translation: Balance is bad when you give conservative views that oppose and can discredit my liberal alarmist views with the facts.

To that end, Boykoff and one of his students are evaluating contemporary media coverage of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., research that Boykoff says will give insight into how society changes its view of dissenters. He is also intrigued by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is beloved in South America despite an antagonistic media.

Beloved? The same man who threatens his own people if they don't vote for him? The same Chavez who the media lets slide even though he threatens the United States?. Yes, I would be intrigued by a lunatic like that, too.

So when will the Fish Wrapper choose to sing praises of a conservative professor? I'm not holding my breath. Heck , I'm still trying to figure out how David Reinhard keeps his job as editor at the Fish Wrapper...

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