Steven J. Milloy’s* latest highly-paid and pretentiously polished piece of political spin for his pusillanimous corporate paramours. This is a good example of trying to create false balance (like the debate between gravity, and intelligent falling)** in order to spread FUD.
If you are comfortable with being manipulated by big business hacks, or are just looking for reasons to justify sticking your head in the sand, then this is the site for you.
Oh, and you’ll probably also be glad to know that a recent ‘study’ has proven that if you quit smoking before you are 30, you actually live longer than someone who never smoked at all! No, really…
And while I have your attention, I’ve got this bridge… it used to belong to the ex-minister for finance of Nigeria, and now his family have asked me to help him dispose of it. If you were interested in buying, well, I could let you have it at under 1% of it’s Real Market Value… I know, I know, it sounds too good to be true, but you know how it is, I need to get rid of it quickly as I have this slam-dunk tip on a long shot in the 2:15 at Cheltenham I plan to put money on…
* “Steven J. Milloy is a columnist for Fox News and a paid advocate for Phillip Morris, ExxonMobil and other corporations. From the 1990s until the end of 2005, he was an adjunct scholar at the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute.
Milloy runs the website Junkscience.com, which is dedicated to debunking what he alleges to be false claims regarding global warming, DDT, environmental radicalism and scare science among other topics. His other website, CSR Watch.com, is focused around attacking the corporate social responsibility movement. He is also head of the Free Enterprise Action Fund, a mutual fund he runs with tobacco executive Tom Borelli, who happens to be listed as the secretary of the Advancement of Sound Science Center, an organisation Milloy operates from his home in Potomac, Maryland . “
** “False balance is a term used to describe a perceived or real media bias, where journalists present an issue as being more balanced between opposing viewpoints than the evidence actually supports. Journalists may present evidence and arguments out of proportion to the actual evidence for each side, or may even actually suppress information which would establish one side’s claims as baseless.
An example of issues sometimes handled with false balance are pseudoscience, as when a national nightly news program in the United States gave coverage to a backyard inventor who claimed to have invented a perpetual motion machine; the program presented scientific authorities to explain why such a device was impossible, but since they gave equal time to the claims of the inventor, it may have created a false impression with audiences that his claims might be credible, which they are not. Other issues sometimes handled with false balance are Holocaust denial, Global Warming, and Intelligent Design creationism.