NPR Poo-Poos Catastrophic Wildlife Collapse; Issues Happy Pills Instead

GR:  I have often lamented the lack of ecological knowledge among our leaders and news media.  Here’s a story by Joe Bish that illustrates the problem of ignorance among reporters.

“If you are like me, you may often wonder why such a great percentage of your fellow citizens do not fully appreciate the ecological crisis. But then, you read a report such as published by NPR below: this odious gem was printed in the wake of the recent World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report.

“I initially guffawed at the temerity of the reporter to sow doubt about the massive publication’s authenticity, mangle Stuart Pimm’s sentiments, and finally force-feed the reader a good dose of artificial happy pills. However, the more I read the article, the more insidious it became — for the simple reason it just does not convey the dire nature of what WWF published. It’s simply terrible reporting — and therein, perhaps, is one reason so few truly grasp the predicament we face. Recall this is an NPR story that probably reached multiple millions of people.

“The reporter, Rebecca Hersher, seems to have plenty of experience — see below — just hardly any that pertains to ecology. Therefore, she is left with the standard artifice of modern journalism: to manufacture controversy and look for “another point of view.”

“NOTE: Hersher came to NPR from Nature Medicine, where she wrote about biomedicine and pharmaceuticals, and started her career in science, with a B.A. in Neurobiology from Harvard University in 2011. She has been a staff member of NPR’s All Things Considered. She was one of the producers of NPR’s Peabody-winning coverage of the 2014 Liberia Ebola epidemic (work that won her the Edward R. Murrow award for use of sound.) During her time at NPR, she also embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan on an assignment with NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman.”–Joe Bish, Population Media Center (NPR Poo-Poos Catastrophic Wildlife Collapse; Issues Happy Pills Instead).

Planet at the Crossroads

GR:  The short-term focus of our news media reflects the short-term focus of news consumers.  Reporters often omit critical elements of a story in order to meet the need for brevity.  For instance, an NPR story yesterday gave a glowing report on an unexpected discovery of a great new oil reservoir in west Texas.  At a time when most of our scientists are on the verge of losing hope for the survival of our civilization due to greenhouse gas production, it would seem that the danger implicit in a major Texas oil discovery should have been mentioned in the story.  But no.  The story below covers the brevity problem quite well.

From Animalista Untaimed:  “The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing. Species are becoming extinct at unprecedented rates. Our climate is in crisis. And it’s all happening on our watch.”

“The Rio Olympics went out in a blaze of colour. The Para-Olympics are off to a spectacular start, in no way diminished by the booing of Brazil’s new president, and a pro-Russia demonstration by Belarus athletes at the Opening Ceremony. And yet another four-yearly summer event is drawing to a close right now in the southern hemisphere – the World Conservation Congress Hawaii Sep 1st – 10th 2016

“The what? Who knew? Have we had so much as a whiff of this in the news? Considering the Congress is bringing people together “to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment, climate and development challenges” – in other words, matters of supreme importance to the fate of Planet Earth, the health of its land and oceans, the survival of its flora and fauna (which are facing the 6th Mass Extinction), and of the human race itself – the media appear to have greeted the event with an almost deafening silence.

“While those other two events, held for (comparatively speaking) the entirely frivolous purpose of establishing who can run, cycle or swim fastest, and jump furthest or highest, are splashed across the headlines day after day. Little wonder the Earth is in such a sorry state.

“OK, so let’s fill in the blanks.” –Continue reading:  Animalista Untaimed.

Source: Planet at the Crossroads – Animalista Untamed