Rather than an incubator of bird flu that could doom the masses, U.S. chicken farms might actually help isolate American poultry from infection with avian flu. Correspondent Tom Costello reported on the April 23 NBC Nightly News that widespread avian flu is highly unlikely among American chickens, given the closed environment most are raised in. Some 99 percent of the chickens consumed in America are raised inside massive houses that hold up to 30,000 at a time. And so far, bird flu is only carried by wild birds that could never get inside, Costello noted. From here these chickens will... continue reading
A liberal blogger who blamed war profiteers, neo-conservatives, and supporters of Israel as three real reasons for the war in Iraq was Parade magazines choice to ask Is the American Dream Still Possible in the April 23 edition of the magazine. On Nov. 23, 2005, David Wallechinsky argued that It is a simple fact of life that when there is a war, there is money to be made. In short, War is great for business if you happen to be Halliburton, he railed, echoing a persistent attack line of far-left critics of the Bush administration. Wallechinskys HuffingtonPost bio describes... continue reading
Corn-based ethanol isnt all its cracked up to be, the media are finding out now. But for years, conservative critics have criticized ethanol as an energy alternative panacea. With gas prices nearing $3 a gallon and oil topping $70 a barrel, network newscasts in the past week have looked at how new federal requirements for ethanol additives in gasoline are actually adding to the price at the pump. On the April 11 World News Tonight and Nightly News, ABCs Dean Reynolds and NBCs Kevin Tibbles respectively reported that transport problems for ethanol combined with a low supply were driving up... continue reading
If a powerful New York union had gone on strike this morning, CNNs Andy Serwer might have had a tougher time getting to work. Hed have had to open the front door himself. But SEIU local 32BJ, which represents doormen and elevator operators in New York City, reached an agreement with property owners, averting a walkout just before the midnight deadline, Bloomberg News reported. Chatting about the averted strike on the April 21 American Morning, Serwer shared with viewers that his building has a doorman. After joking with guest host Betty Nguyen that he had made his children practice opening... continue reading
Ten days after hinting the Earth could end up roasting at a toasty 900 degrees Fahrenheit like the planet Venus, The Washington Post reported on a new study which finds that the more extreme estimates of global warming that have been hyped in the media are unlikely to manifest. In the April 10 Post, staff writer Guy Gugliotta dramatically said the second rock from the sun is apparently condemned to an eternal cycle of global warming, but that Venus may have been the gentle, tropical paradise that Earthlings once imagined a long time ago before a berserk greenhouse effect boiled... continue reading
But sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a nut. All three broadcast networks found time in the April 19 evening newscasts to nibble on the new numbers released by the federal government. We have news here tonight about life and death in America, and it is all good news, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams intoned. New numbers out today show the annual number of deaths in this country dropped by nearly 50,000 in 2004, he continued, citing fewer deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke. Williams added that life expectancy also has been projected upward. A baby born in... continue reading
Were Eating More, and Enjoying It Less, blared the headline for Candy Sagons Food section article in the April 19 Washington Post. Is it any wonder why with the medias persistent attacks on the food industry? According to a new Pew Research Center survey, only 39 percent of Americans say they greatly enjoy eating a drop from the 48 percent who felt that way in a 1989 Gallup poll, Sagon reported, noting the number among those who consider themselves overweight is significantly lower than 17 years ago. People are feeling guilty, Sagon quoted Thomas Wadden of the University of Pennsylvania... continue reading
From the moment Angela Lansbury (yes, Angela Lansbury) opened the film singing, Someone has wounded you, dear world Someone has poisoned you, dear world it was clear that the culprits in this Murder, She Wrote were Americans. One professor interviewed for the special said the United States uses more energy by far than any other country in the world. Of course, theres a connection between energy use and prosperity we also have the largest economy in the world. But this film asserts that we must stop our productive ways before we are plagued with rising seas, forest fires, floods, droughts,... continue reading
After the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, it didnt take long for environmentalists to cry gloom and doom and for the media to hype those claims. From caribou dying to earthquakes to all hell breaking loose, there was no shortage of catastrophic predictions though the Alaska pipeline now boasts great success roughly 30 years later. Construction on the pipeline began in 1975, and oil first moved through it on June 20, 1977. Former Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton summed up its success in 2003 that Today the pipeline produces 17 percent of our domestic petroleum. It has... continue reading
If you want free advertising for your top-dollar vacation resort, find a way to go green and book a room for a reporter from Time magazine. On the heels of Vanity Fairs Green Issue, the newsweekly just released a special Summer 2006 Style & Design edition that promotes Green Living as the new luxury. The success of eco-entrepreneurs, wrote editor-at-large Kate Betts, is proof that green living is becoming an increasingly natural instinct. Bettss special edition profiled organic grocery chain Whole Foods and a Whos Who guide of 14 forward-thinking individuals who are reinventing the rules of design with environmentally... continue reading