Pro-Growth Bias is reflected in the media by the stories and words chosen, which hint and often trumpet that economic, population, and consumption growth is good and essential. We're here to expose the bias and encourage more balanced and thoughtful journalism. Here you can vote, discuss, and even post stories exemplifying the bias.
Must a newspaper columnist jump to false conclusions to get mass attention and readership? It seems to be working well for the UK Guardian’s George Monbiot. His latest:
There’s a Population Crisis All Right. But Probably Not the One You Think
In this column Monbiot jumps on the eat no meat (or at least a lot less meat) bandwagon.
“This column is about the population crisis. About the breeding that’s laying waste the world’s living systems. But it’s probably not the population crisis you’re thinking of. This is about another one, that we seem to find almost impossible to discuss.”
Today’s Wall of Shame “honoree” is a classic example of the pro growth bias that pervades our media. It’s classic because it illustrates perfectly these key points that are central to what we’re trying to highlight at Growth Bias Busted:
Pro growth bias is presented not as a perspective, and opinion, or one of many viewpoints. It is presented as unquestioned, universal truth.
In most cases, journalists guilty of biased reporting are not conscious of the bias. They do not intend to propagandize. Their reporting is informed by years of bias that have clouded their own judgment.
I know the reporter...
PBS isn’t known for tackling the subject of overpopulation head-on. I admit, the subject is – for ridiculous reasons – controversial. So I really want to offer thanks and encouragement to PBS NewsHour science reporter Nsikan Akpan for this piece on the NewsHour website:
As a Scientist, is the Pope Dodging the Biggest Contributor to Climate Change?
Pope Francis made a lot of news lately, both with his U.S. visit and with summer’s publication of a new encyclical, Laudato Si: Our Care for our Common Home. Francis received a lot of praise for highlighting what the moral compass tells us about...
The population taboo is alive and well, this time in the UN’s update of Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past few weeks our own Darcie has both shamed and famed the media conversation about the United Nations’ unsustainable update of Sustainable Development Goals. Today I add to the list with this informative and important addition to the discussion:
UN Reviews Development Goals, But Again Ignores Population Growth
This piece, published by YaleGlobal Online, is written by Joseph Chamie, former director of the United Nations Population Division. It highlights a glaring omission from the UN’s draft plan to improve the lot of the most...
Today, amid all the popeapalooza owing to Pope Francis’ U.S. visit, we find a reason to congratulate Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent of the UK Guardian. While many environmentalists praise this pope for taking up the call for serious action on the climate change front, Goldenberg notes:
“One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as ‘raving nonsense’ the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control.”
There are plenty of scientists who understand that moving from an expanding to a contracting world population is...