MRC fact-checks the fact checkers at AP

Friday, January 22, 2016
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Ted Cruz (US flag in background)A media watchdog says The Associated Press, the news wire service, is applying different fact-checking rules to a Republican presidential candidate.  

“Satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there's been zero warming. None whatsoever,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said on a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

The “fact-checkers” at the AP took Cruz to task for that suggestion, claiming the GOP presidential candidate is misusing satellite date. But Cruz’s statement is correct, says Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center.

“They pick things that they disagree with and that they want to try to reinforce the liberal position on,” the media analyst says of the AP.

The fact-checking story, which can be read here, also claims that Cruz was wrong when he pointed out the claims during the 1970s warning of "global cooling." Most of those warnings predicted global warming, the AP claimed, even though magazines Time and Newsweek famously predicted the earth was headed toward a world-wide freeze.

Gainor, Dan (MRC)Gainor says climate extremists love to quote how many scientists they have in their back pocket, while ignoring a good many respected researchers who disagree with their peers.

“There's no such thing as science by consensus,” Gainor tells OneNewsNow. “I'm pretty sure there's a guy in history named Copernicus who could tell you about that. (It) doesn't go well.”

It’s not just climate change the media is slanting either, since MRC and Gainor allege the liberal media doesn’t want to talk about Hillary Clinton and her “spiraling” email scandal.

“But they'll give ten minutes of the evening news shows to talk to you about Sarah Palin and Donald Trump,” Gainor complains.

Morano, Marc (Climate Depot)OneNewsNow also sought comment from Marc Morano of Climate Depot. Morano believes Cruz said nothing wrong.

"Everything he's said is scientifically valid and defensible in terms of what AP writer Seth Borenstein brought up in this fact check," says Morano.

Morano adds that, in 1990, the Associated Press said that satellite data was "more accurate" than the surface data.

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