The “politicization” game

As I noted a few weeks ago, Fox Propaganda accused CNN of advancing a “leftist agenda” for bringing up a possible connection between climate change and the freakish storm that hit Texas. Around that time I was also gobsmacked by a quote from the CEO of the Weather Channel:

“I believe in climate change, and I believe it’s man-made,” said Dave Shull, the company’s chief executive and a Republican, who spent much of Friday in the newsroom. “But I’m not a big fan of the term. It’s been politicized.

Emphasis mine. The article explains how the Weather Channel is afraid of alienating its core audience by bringing up the subject. Hell, why bring up the weather at all, if you’re going to be that squeamish about science?

Republicans use the same tactic for shutting down discussion about gun control after mass shootings, claiming that would be “politicizing” a tragedy. Crying politicization in these contexts is not a valid argument; it’s simply a ploy to silence ideas that conflict with their agenda, and news outlets shouldn’t kowtow to it.


  • Mark

    So I’ve been told, “climate change” was a term coined by the right as a euphemism for “global warming,” the latter term being too clearly descriptive. Naturally, they now object to the use of climate change. More recently I’ve heard suggested the term “climate collapse” more accurately reflects the current state.

    • Thanos

      “Climate change” is better because some places area actually getting colder as a result of carbon dioxide emissions. .

      • Mark

        Globally speaking, it is getting warmer, but you make a good point, since an increase in thermal energy makes the whole system more chaotic. Somebody suggested that the most accurate term for it would be “climate breakdown.”

  • Alan Barta

    What portion of climate catastrophe do conservatives deny? Seem ignorant of fishery depletion, five mile cancer zone surrounding oil refineries, fracking consequences, highest annual average temperatures ever recorded, loess loss (the 40 feet of arable earth laid down on prairies over eons was eroded down to 2 inches by farming malpractice), overfilled landfills, and potable water depletion. Maybe the smog has been reduced a bit because citizens unilaterally forsake burning oil to install solar and wind electrical generation or work from home, but necessary nonferrous metals like copper and platinum likewise are being depleted. Situation teeters on the brink, but, like a lobster in a pot with temperatures slowly raised, doesn’t notice until boiled alive. The Sahara Desert, whose relentless heat form Atlantic Ocean hurricanes, was once jungle before ancient man deforested, just as they are doing in the Amazon.

  • proghunter

    Hey Jen your ‘work’ sucks, just like you you ugly cat lady cunt! Go ba me from here you little snowflake. I dare you, bitch

    • Alan Barta

      Choose your own sexual harassment adventure?

  • Alan Barta

    “Squeamish about science?” Good description, but more like “knowledge denial”, because everything straightforward and true, such as social justice, slams conservative republicans, neo-nazis, and white supremacists, whose only agenda is “me” at everyone else expense.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.