The self-delusion of climate activists in the media never ceases to amaze me.
The Pope is currently visiting the USA, and today gave a speech to Congress. Here is the text of his speech. It contains quite a bit of America-flattering, a lot of calls for ‘dialogue’, concern for the elderly, worries about violence, concern about the refugees, a call for an end to the death penalty, concern about poverty, some positive remarks about wealth creation, concern for the environment, worry about weapons, and the problems facing young people.
His speech did not mention climate change or global warming at all.
Yet here is how his speech was mis-reported by the deluded environment correspondents in the press:
All of these have taken something the Pope didn’t say – but presumably something they hoped he might have said – and made it into a headline.
Congratulations to Andy Revkin who correctly reported that the Pope “skirts environmental tussles”.
The BBC is reporting the speech as calling for an end to the death penalty and help for the migrants.
Update 25 Sept:
Here are some more journalists who have fooled themselves into thinking that the Pope’s speech to Congress was a call for action on climate change:
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, Pope’s climate change appeal boosts hope for bipartisan action in Congress
Update 25 Sept:
Another day, another speech by the Pope, this time to the UN. Full text here. In a 3768-word speech, there is one sentence mentioning climate:
“I am similarly confident that the Paris Conference on Climatic Change will secure fundamental and effective agreements.”
I wonder how journalists will report the speech…