Media Ridiculed for Hyping “Antarctic Collapse” Amid Record Ice

By:  Alex Newman
05/27/2014
       
Media Ridiculed for Hyping “Antarctic Collapse” Amid Record Ice

In stark contrast to mainstream media's headlines of an imminent collapse of an Antarctic ice sheet, sea ice levels there are the highest ever recorded.

For the one in five Americans who still express confidence in the establishment media, recent headlines probably suggested it was time to start building an ark to prepare for the supposed upcoming surge in sea levels — all of it allegedly brought about by the imminent “collapse” of an ice sheet in Antarctica. Back in the real world, though, sea ice levels in Antarctica are off the charts, covering more area than at any point since records began and still going higher. The mischaracterized “mainstream” media, meanwhile, only solidified its reputation in recent days as an increasingly ridiculous source of fear mongering, propaganda, and unwarranted hysteria rather than credible reporting.

Without going past the headlines, Americans might have been excused for thinking imminent doom was just around the corner. “Irreversible collapse of Antarctic glaciers has begun, studies say,” blared the ridiculous headline of the Los Angeles Times story. The Christian Science Monitor’s was even more absurd: “Catastrophic collapse of Antarctic ice sheet now underway, say scientists.” At the New York Times, the headline was only slightly less unhinged: “Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt,” it cautioned, ominously. The Boston Globe, meanwhile, claimed: “Antarctic ice sheet rapidly collapsing, studies contend.”

Virtually every major U.S. newspaper ran similar deception in its headlines and on its front pages. The problem, though, is that there is no imminent collapse of any Antarctic ice sheet. Period. Even the “scientists” and the “studies” referenced in those articles sounded wildly tame compared with the alarmist headlines emitted by self-styled “news” agencies. Indeed, the two controversial papers that formed the basis of the latest round of delusional media fear-mongering predicted that some glaciers could eventually go into the sea — hundreds of years from now, maybe, or perhaps even a thousand years from now or more.

No need to build an ark just yet, it seems. Upon closer scrutiny, the entire media narrative collapses — in the widely understood sense of the word — as essentially little more than a figment of the media’s imagination; or worse, more calculated deception aimed at stoking fear to advance an agenda. The Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers in question make up a tiny fraction of the Antarctic region — less than one percent of Antarctic ice, in fact. And even if the Pine Island glacier were to “collapse,” which it will not — certainly not anytime soon, if at all — it might add about an inch to global sea levels over the next century, according to scientists.

The claim that the “collapse” — the term used in the press release parroted by “journalists” apparently unfamiliar with the meaning of the word in this specific scientific context — might be due to alleged man-made global warming is also being mocked. For starters, most of Antarctica, in defiance of predictions made by global-warming theorists and their debunked models, is actually getting colder. Sea ice across the region is also at the highest levels since records began. Some months ago, a group of warming theorists accidentally got stuck in the record levels of ice while, ironically, on an expedition to study “global warming” and melting ice.

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