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Just How Big Is Climategate? The Tiger Woods Index Measures Media Incompetence

December 4, 2009

liberal-media-biasTwo weeks and counting, and the fringe media continues to ignore the biggest story of year, if not the decade.

Since media coverage no longer gives any indication whatsoever of the impact of or interest in a story, Richard North has devised what he calls the Tiger Woods Index (TWI), which measures actual interest in a story as compared to media coverage. (Via James Delingpole’s hilarious article in the Telegraph today. Definitely read the whole thing.)

He explains the formula thusly:

Tiger Woods delivered 22,500,000 web and 46,025 news pages, giving ratio of 489. That is the “Tiger Woods Index” (TWI) against which I chose to measure a raft of other issues.

Here are the results:

1. Climategate: 28,400,000 – 2,930 = 9693
2. Afghanistan: 143,000,000 – 154,145 = 928
3. Obama: 202,000,000 – 252,583 = 800
4. Tiger Woods: 22,500,000 – 46,025 = 489
5. Gordon Brown: 12,300,000 – 37,021 = 332
6. Climate change: 22,200,000 – 68,419 = 324
7. Sally Bercow: 25,000 – 86 = 290
8. David Cameron: 545,000 – 4837 = 113
9. Meredith Kercher: 261,000 – 3,471 = 75
10. Chilcot Inquiry: 125,000 – 4,350 = 29

Climategate has received less coverage in the fringe media than Meredith Kercher or the Chilcot Inquiry, of whom/which I’ve never even heard, but I’m sure they’re just fascinating. More surprisingly, Climategate is a bigger story from a consumer standpoint – 20 times over – than Tiger Woods.

One would think that the Politico would have gotten the message, or at least checked Memeorandum at some point, but no. They didn’t ask Al Gore one single question about Climategate in their interview with him today, despite calls for him to rescind his Oscar over his ManBearPig fraud and his decision to cancel a speaking engagement in Copenhagen at which he had planned to charge attendees $1200 to shake his hand.

One could not even calculate a Tiger Woods Index for television coverage, since the networks have yet to even broach the subject two weeks after it broke, which, as the Media Research center states, is a scandal in and of itself.

Sen. Inhofe says that Obama is dishonest in going to Copenhagen and claiming that he will cap emissions, which I find pretty darn encouraging.

Sarah Palin says that Obama shouldn’t go to Copenhagen at all:

The president’s decision to attend the international climate conference in Copenhagen needs to be reconsidered in light of the unfolding Climategate scandal. The leaked e-mails involved in Climategate expose the unscientific behavior of leading climate scientists who deliberately destroyed records to block information requests, manipulated data to “hide the decline” in global temperatures, and conspired to silence the critics of man-made global warming. I support Senator James Inhofe’s call for a full investigation into this scandal. Because it involves many of the same personalities and entities behind the Copenhagen conference, Climategate calls into question many of the proposals being pushed there, including anything that would lead to a cap and tax plan.

In fact, doing so is downright hypocritical and irresponsible, according to Palin.

Policy decisions require real science and real solutions, not junk science and doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood that capitalizes on the public’s worry and makes them feel that owning an SUV is a “sin” against the planet. In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” Boycotting Copenhagen while this scandal is thoroughly investigated would send a strong message that the United States government will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices. Saying no to Copenhagen and cap and tax are first steps in “restoring science to its rightful place.”

The UN seems to concur, at least insomuch as they are willing to investigate Climategate, however genuine their claims may or may not be. CRU director Phil Jones has agreed to sit out until the investigation is completed.

Even the Saudis have realized that global warming is a fairy tale, and they believe in jinns, for crying out loud.

You would think the media would have gotten the memo by now. Don’t they have weather desks? It’s snowing in Houston, where not only does it almost never snow, but it has never snowed this early in the season.


Update: Newsbusters issued a correction to their post about Al Gore and the Politico, to which I linked above.  The interview apparently took place before the Climategate scandal broke.  Still, I have to wonder whether John Harris or Mike Allen tried to follow up with him, or why they sat on the interview for two weeks before running it.

Update II: New Orleans is also seeing its earliest snowfall and Michigan is experiencing record snowfall.  (Hat tip: Reliapundit.)

  1. Marylou permalink
    December 4, 2009 3:59 pm

    I laughed out loud!!

    Thank you.

  2. December 4, 2009 4:22 pm


    thanks for those comments. Check out these pages from “down under”…
    A very interesting homepage from Australia, I stumbled over these days:

    * Dedicated to expose the fallacy of Anthropogenic or man-made Global Warming (AGW)
    * Committed to oppose all forms of a Carbon Tax including all Carbon Trading Schemes
    * Pledged to resist all climate-related Government policies that are not based on independent and
    verifiable science

    (Lots of serious information! Check out!)

    Is Albert Gore, junior afraid to go to Copenhagen, so he might not get this punishmend 😦

    “In a typical tar-and-feathers attack, the subject of a crowd’s anger would be stripped to the waist. Hot tar was either poured or painted onto the person while he or she was immobilized. Then the victim either had feathers thrown on him or her or was rolled around on a pile of feathers so that they stuck to the tar. Often the victim was then paraded around town on a cart or a rail. The aim was to hurt and humiliate a person enough to leave town and not cause any more mischief.

    The practice was never an official punishment in the United States, but rather a form of vigilante justice. It was eventually abandoned as society moved away from public, corporal punishment and toward capital punishment and rehabilitation of criminals.”

    Come on Albert Gore, junior – give as your billions and we will fight Global Warming so much that you never will come up again with this nonsense 😉 :(.

    In the meantime, I could imagine that some 200 – 300 million more people go each evening to bed with an empty stomac…. All the same Al Gore, jun., Barack Hussein Obama, Charles – Prince of Wales, David de Rothschild are making hughe money from this crazyness: CO2 > Global Warming.
    Get their bank accounts and send it overseas so the poor Africans, Indians and South East Asians and whoever it might be, can get the necessary cash to start a proper business — hopefully producing a lot of CO2 which helps green plants to grow better 😉 :(.

    I suppose we strip the Nobel Peace Prize from Al Gore and from the IPCC and give it to Ing. Helmut Bachmann. for his courage to speak out what he knows from the very beginning – even before the IPCC was founded!!!

    martin – switzerland

  3. paul permalink
    December 5, 2009 5:06 am

    FOX……The ONLY TRUE media outlet ….. IS covering this story…. Im embarresed to think what MORONS watch anything else but FOX…. That is unless you want to continue to be ignorant about whats going on…

    • Freeme permalink
      December 5, 2009 5:26 am

      AMEN! you are right! I liked the quote from Australia site Martin gave….

      “Skepticism is the highest of duties, and blind faith the one unpardonable sin.”

      So wrote Thomas Huxley, one of the great minds of the scientific age.

  4. old white guy permalink
    December 5, 2009 9:13 am

    what can one say. when fraud is standard operating procedure for all levels of government and the people are too stupid to do anything about it you get what is now occuring world wide. the stupid and evil outnumber the wise by about 100 to 1.

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      December 5, 2009 9:20 am

      I can only hope you are as old as I am and can remember the time when lunacy was a joke.

    • theconservative permalink
      December 5, 2009 9:51 am

      We know that the stupid and evil outnumber us……but the “wise” haven’t spoken out enough in the past.

  5. Jerome from Layton permalink
    December 5, 2009 9:10 pm

    Courtesy of a UCMJ briefing, I found out that “Tar and Feathering” was an official form of punishment, in the Royal Navy. According to their manual, the subject would have his head “shorn in the manner of a Hero” (shaved bald), tar would be applied to his body followed by feathers, and he would be disembarked at the next port. Well, I guess it beat keel hauling which was also a punishment of the period.

    Back to Climategate. Here’s a little “Inside Baseball” from the government called the Federal Records Act with a related Punitive Article from the UCMJ called Falsifying An Official Document. According to both laws, severe punishment can result from doing things such as “fudging” a Travel Voucher (that’s worth a Court Martial, Dismissal, Demotion, Fines, etc.) or altering scientific or technical observation records. Now, lets say there are a number of separate violations (counts), intent to fraud or unlawfully gain renumeration (on a Grant Application?), and collusion (also called Conspiracy) and the legal implications start to get real interesting. This could go beyond “Club Fed” as Bernie Madoff found out. Depends on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the Prosecutor.

    Where are the News Hounds? Are they still chasing Tiger’s tail?

  6. December 5, 2009 11:11 pm

    This looks like pretty good math to me. But it raises a question in my mind: What the heck are the global warming scientists doing with their “math?” Could it be that they’re not actually using mathematics but instead applying a new invented system of calculation from an unknown source? I know I’m careening off topic here, but I couldn’t help it.


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