There is no excuse for deliberately repeating lies
In his Dec. 11 piece, Dale Courtney refers to a 2013 survey of American Meteorological Society (AMS) members, which found that 52 percent of respondents believed that global warming is mostly due to humans. Courtney fails to mention that only 37 percent of those respondents self-identified as climate change experts and that AMS climate-change believers rose to 67 percent in 2016.
This survey aligns with research by Cook, who showed that the most preeminent climate researchers believe in anthropogenic climate change, with a 97 percent consilience of genuine climate scientists. Courtney can be excused for not digging deeper after his bias was confirmed.
Donald Trump and republican legislators, though, have no excuse. On CNN’s The Lead, Jim Jordan rambled, " ... When (the American people) see the vice president's son getting paid $50,000 a month … in an industry he has no experience in ... And then when the company that's paying that money is under investigation, guess what? Daddy comes running to the rescue. The vice president of the United States comes running in and says, 'Fire that prosecutor.’”
Jordan knows better. The prosecutor, Sorkin, was removed by the Obama administration for not prosecuting corruption. Contemporaneous accounts reported that Sorkin repeatedly declined to bring prosecutions of elites’ corruption and even hindered such investigations. Republicans of that era rightly applauded U.S. policy that demanded Shokin’s removal, as did our allies, the IMF, Ukrainian anti-corruption activists, and others. Jordan and those same congressional republicans continue to push the false narrative that Biden made a unilateral decision to remove Sorkin to protect his son.
Falling prey to confirmation bias is understandable. Deliberately repeating lies for political gain is inexcusable, especially when the lies aim to mislead the public and deflect attention from the corrupt use of the U.S. presidency for political advantage.