Sometimes, the watchdog needs to be watched. And that is just what Media Matters, a non-profit that monitors conservative media for biased reporting, did with recent coverage by the Orange County Register in regards to California Clean Energy Initiatives.
The piece itself, posted Monday afternoon, is very detailed and lengthy. But from the site, this summary:
Over the last year, the Orange County Register has published numerous editorials that falsely portray California’s pollution reduction program as costly, ineffective and arbitrarily imposed by state regulators. In fact, the program — which incorporates a cap-and-trade program — is part of a bipartisan law expected to benefit the state’s economy
MediaMatters then offers snippets of the Register’s coverage versus non-partisan, independent fact checking.
One shouldn’t be surprised at the Register’s coverage. After all, if it’s a government program, it must be bad, lead to higher taxes or kills jobs even if the facts don’t always bear this out to be true.
For those of us who do see clean energy, green energy sources and renewable energy as the solution to breaking the stranglehold big oil have over our economy, conservatives love to throw “Solyndra” in our face (neglecting to mention the loans the company pursued were begun under a program from the lame duck Bush administration. The simple response for anyone using “Solyndra” as a taunt is “Enron.”