cite as: F. Bi. 2008. The soft belly of a conservative web site? Intl. J. Inact., 1:107–108
Well, well, well. Alan Caruba, who referred to a list of unwilling scientists as a “petition”, is now writing rubbish about climate change again. In a new opinion piece, he claims that the Heartland climate inactivist conference was attended by
the world’s leading climatologists, meteorologists, economists and others
which sounds so authoritative, reliable, and impressive… until you find that he considers Joe d’Aleo a “climate expert”. And then there’s the usual stuff about how the global warming theory is a mass hysteria phenomenon, and at the same time it’s also a huge plot to kill capitalism, a plot which was introduced when socialism (or it is communism?) failed to do the job, or something…
More interesting than Caruba’s article, is where it’s hosted. The site, American Daily, says
Copyright ©2005-2008 MoveOff, LLC
where MoveOff proudly proclaims that it
was created to address the misrepresented site at moveon.org, and many other Internet properties supported by the Liberal Left that pretend to be unbiased but are really totally Left-Wing Liberal (Progressive).
(Yeah, fairness and balance is good, but the self-styled purveyors of “balance” often conflate balance in prior assumptions with balance in one’s conclusions. To use a metaphor, what matters isn’t that a balance scale achieves an equilibrium in the end; it’s that the scale is in equilibrium before you put anything on it. Anyway, I digress.)
So how “unbiased” is American Daily? A look at Caruba’s article under a non-CSS web browser1 reveals some hidden subliminal messages of conservatism, or is it classical liberalism:
Hmm. Given that the site also runs an ad for an ‘academic’ “conference” on “gun rights policy”, I’m starting to wonder if this “freedom” that these “unbiased” folks espouse isn’t some sort of idealized racketeering operation. Hah.
- On Mozilla, you can disable style sheets with View > Page Style > No Style.