There’s a short piece in today’s Guardian that perfectly illustrates the Orwellian influence of the global warming scare on everyday journalism and language. The article itself is a minor, inside-page piece, but it is worthy of note for the way it demonstrates the degradation of journalism and even language under the influence of the global warming lobby.
Britain is already experiencing yet another bitterly cold and snowy winter, the latest in an continuing series of arctic winters which have made a mockery of alarmists predictions that global warming would mean mild winters and no snow in Britain (we all remember the headline about snow in Britain being a thing of the past).
But rather than set the article on the latest cold winter within the context of increasingly cold and snowy winters, or instead simply reporting the bald facts, The Guardian shows the extent to which the Orwellian double-think of global warming propaganda influences the language of everyday reporting.
Readers are told that the snow and cold weather of another arctic winter is a “cold snap” rather than part of a trend and is due to gales from Scandinavia or Siberia (as though all other weather is home-made, and it’s only freakish cold weather that is blown in from elsewhere).
Consider, for a moment, the lead-in to the Guardian article:
The cold snap gripping Europe shows no sign of letting up as the UK braces for snow next week.
Overnight frosts will continue throughout next week, with increasingly wintry showers turning from sleet into snow.
Readers are told the bitter cold is a “snap” – implying an extremely short-lived phenomenon. They then have to struggle to accommodate the cognitive dissonance of an extremely short-lived event that is “gripping” Europe and “shows no signs of letting up”. We are given the truly bizarre and contradictory statement that “Overnight frosts will continue throughout next week”! Worthy of the Ministry of Truth indeed.
The point to this is that one minor news article is of no real importance; but it demonstrates an extremely important point – the extent to which journalists today are locked into the meme of global warming and report from the assumption that the theory is correct and the facts must be made to fit. It is the very definition of Doublespeak.