Pew Poll Mischaracterized by NY Times

Watts Up With That?

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen

takin_a_surveyUsing the ever-popular propagandistic visual cliché —  a photo of back-lit steam rising from a power plant (making it look like air- polluting black smoke) —   the NY Times, represented by Lisa Friedman, boldly mischaracterizes the results of the latest international Pew Survey on perceived threats, using the headline:  Islamic State and Climate Change Seen as World’s Greatest Threats, Poll Says.

“Climate change is essentially tied with the Islamic State as the most-feared security threat across much of the world — except in the United States, where cyberattacks are considered a greater danger than global warming.”

What are they really counting?

The Pew  Survey announcement  uses this language:  “Globally, People Point to ISIS and Climate Change as Leading Security Threats”  stating in their lead paragraph:

“People around the globe identify ISIS and climate change as the leading threats to national security, according…

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