There is very good reason to be concerned about Fairfax under the control of Gina Rinehart. As reported today in The Age, Ms Rinehart made her views on climate change very clear in a statement made to the ABC a few weeks ago:
It also put Mrs Rinehart’s views on a range of subjects, including climate change. ”She remains concerned by the lack of understanding in the media on this issue,” it said.
”To lessen the fear the media have caused over these issues, Mrs Rinehart suggests that the media should also permit to be published that climate change has been occurring naturally since the earth began, not just the views of the climate extremists.
Are the “extremists” Rinehart refer to those tofu-munching Luddites Greenpeace? Well it’s a funny old world when environmentalists are in agreement with the world’s militaries and scientists.
Rinehart seems to be under the illusion that denialist views are somehow ignored? Has she read The Australian or Herald Sun…
Of course she has. The problem for Rinehart is that some parts of the media are still accurately reporting the science.
Remove Fairfax, problem solved right Gina?
Rinehart has also taken it upon herself to lecture us on the causes of climate change:
It is a fact that there have been ice ages, then periods of global warming to end the ice ages, and these have occurred naturally, including due to the earth’s orbit, and not due to mankind at all.”
No shit, really? The climate has changed in the past?
Because all those thousands of scientists working on the problem would have never thought of that. Thankfully Rinehart – who incidentally mines and exports coal – has pointed out the great big flaw in climate science.
She also takes the time to praise her tame geologist Ian Plimer and fan-boy Andrew Bolt:
The statement spoke glowingly of climate sceptics Ian Plimer, a geologist, and Andrew Bolt, a columnist in Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd.
”Mrs Rinehart admires people like Ian Plimer who have independently chosen on their own accord to stand up against this tidal wave, which has caused fear, and despite substantial attacks by some of the media and extremists.”
You mean the same man who is both out-of-step with the scientific community and sits on the boards of two of her companies – including Queensland Coal Investments.
Gina has come to clarify the climate change issue all right. Just what that means for the health of our democracy and the quality of our media is another question.
Thanks Gina, I have a very good understanding of the politics of your move against Fairfax.