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tv   The Listening Post 2018 Ep 38  Al Jazeera  October 24, 2018 8:32am-9:01am +03

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caravan though they are offering asylum to many people but the real test is in the times to come if they manage to make it through mexico what's going to happen when they get to a lot of the hostile united states. this is al jazeera it's going to round up of the top stories u.s. president donald trump for the first time intent at saudi crown prince mohammed bin sandman's possible involvement in the murder of journalists in an interview with the wall street journal trump says the crown prince is running things in the kingdom so if anyone were to be involved it would be him his administration has revoked visas of twenty one saudi nationals nothing that they've done have as good as done well certainly has not been. spoken of properly they did the wrong thing even thinking about the idea they certainly did a better job of execution and they certainly did
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a better job of talking about it or covering it up if you'd like to see it but i would say it was a total fiasco turkey's president wants those behind the murder of jamal how shockey to face trial in his country which at tyburn one has called for an independent investigation the u.s. and russian presidents could meet in france next month over american plans to withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty donald trump and let him a putin with both attend a world war one commemoration of events in paris on november eleventh russia says they plan to meet on the sidelines u.s. national security advisor john bolton helped talks with putin in moscow are the united nations says millions more people in yemen are facing famine than previously thought the u.n. humanitarian chief has given the security council an update on the situation there mark says the three year conflict has left some fourteen million people on the brink of famine and completely reliant on eight. in iraq at least six people have
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been killed in a bomb attack two soldiers were among those killed when a car exploded near restaurants and crowded markets in the northern city of chaos several people are in critical condition it's not clear who was behind the attack. seven thousand people escaping poverty and violence in three central american countries are defined donald trump by continuing their march towards the u.s. border they're now heading north through mexico u.s. secretary of state might pompei or says the caravan poses a danger and warn the migrants to turn back those are the headlines the listening post is next. it's been described as the wild west previously where the average person couldn't actually tell if a post had been sponsored or height or in some way does this updated nafta have the kind of support that it needs we bring you the stories to the shaping the economic world we live in counting the cost on al-jazeera. a new report from the united
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nations climate panel warns you might. actually make yours a new record. change and it is now it is now but. it would be track or you can show the church caused by human activity is pretty recent on. hello i'm barbara starr and you're at the listening post here are some of the stories we're looking at this week covering climate change requires a media change a rethink of how the world's biggest most persistent story is reported in the media model pushing viktor or bans and the migrant and the e.u. politics beyond hungary's borders they've been called propagandists for the sounded royal family before but now the scrutiny of some pro saudi journalists in the west has intensified and that is their life after reading the news. resume read the news for nineteen years two thousand and five to twenty fourteen and worked as
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a television news reader and i decided i needed to change our lead story this week tackles an issue that considering its magnitude could be a fixture on every episode of our show it's climate change and how the media are grappling with how to cover it only a small percentage of news audiences would have heard about the report released earlier this month by the un's intergovernmental panel on climate change or the i.p.c.c. and that's not because the report was or inconsequential no in fact it's been called the landmark study warning that the world has just twelve years left to limit global temperature rise to one point five degrees celsius anyhow. they are and the risks of drought floods and the extreme weather will soar coverage of the i.p.c.c. report was a flash in the pan like so much climate change reporting is the initial wave of headlines or receded as quickly as it had emerged climate change is the world's most significant existential challenge and those who want to cover it are still
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figuring out how to convey its size and scale the listening post meenakshi ravi now on the coverage of the i.p.c.c. report and what it reveals about the state of climate change reporting. it's a story as because this planet affecting every country every economy every individual and its oceans he ratchets up higher every year and yet climate change coverage nearly always seems to need a crutch and event to pick it on a global conference a protest or as it was this time around the release of the intergovernmental panel on climate change is a special report on global warming the report's findings were monumental this is the most dire report we've had from the i.p.c.c. yet they're basically saying we need to move now we need to take really serious action if we want to prevent the worst impacts of climate change the report is
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something of a call to arms telling us that the survival of our species depends on a political revolution these are the overwhelming scientific findings frankly overwhelmed scientists and it is going to overwhelm journalists as well. the headline in the i.p.c.c. report is stark it says rapid far reaching and unprecedented changes are needed in all aspects of society if mankind is to contain the average global temperature increase to one point five degrees celsius the timeframe the i.p.c.c. has set for this. is just over the decade twelve years in the absence of a paradigm shift a rethinking of how the world functions the droughts food shortages environmental degradation and poverty being experienced already are going to get much worse much faster. and some kids were thinking of the sort of shocking some of the report i
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think length of the coverage then jumped to a kind of you know one ear and there is no hope no one wants that storm intensity wildfires past outbreaks well increased which quite a worry that if all this you know we have this new study and if i thought making progress on climate change has to be so drastic that it's more a loss and possible then people will start to get really dismayed and lose hope and this is always the challenge of climate coverage the new york times. in their main piece covering the report at a photo of a like a lone child playing in the sand with these bones and that's the kind of the style of coverage you generally get which seems this seems to indicate that they are more more capable of imagining an apocalypse time is running out than they are for instance of imagining increasing taxation on the ultra wealthy on corporations you
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know that creates millions of good good green jobs and regulates corporations and phases out fossil fuel production they find it impossible to imagine a political alternative other than kind of apocalyptic scenarios. that climate change isn't the most covered ongoing news story in the world is it a fiction of just how many times the opportunity is missed. in the u.s. alone frequented incidents over the past few years would have justified it being in the headlines every day however the link between climate change and with incidents that are increasing in intensity and frequency is often never meet the two thousand and seventeen study by the d.c. based media matters group into the coverage of heidi can harvey found that over the span of two crucial weeks to mean cuban news outlets a.b.c. and n.b.c. didn't do a single segment. in climate change and its lead to such weather events. this study
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isn't the only one of its kind by media matters in july this year it found that coverage of the heatwave across the united states followed a similar pattern. we looked at reporting on three big t.v. broadcasts networks and found that those programs mention the heat wave one hundred twenty seven times and only one of those mentioned climate change the media is not able to grasp this linkage. so for example this year if you just see little floods in india we heard historically unprecedented flood within a period of two to three days something like twenty five to thirty trillion liters of water fall over the smallest state but if you look at the media reported in india they were talking about you know local ecological disaster local changes in ecology cutting off orders and those kind of things but the link is we've been climate change and could love floods was not that this is a real problem and
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a missed opportunity climate change can seeing like a really distant or theoretical problem but when there's extreme weather that's a real opportunity for the media to talk about climate change and how it affects extreme weather and exacerbates extreme weather when you think what can i do this is a fixture in much of climate change reporting is the notion that individual action can help stave off the existential threat posed by global warming you're changing driving a different car maybe you're eating less meat whatever you're doing to help the world is rubbing off on your neighbors individual awareness is vital but media emphasis on it however is out of proportion the real action needs to come from industry. in two thousand and seventeen the u.k. based nonprofit the c.d.p. group published a report quarterly to specific volumes of greenhouse gas or g h g emissions with the industry's responsible for them it found that since one thousand nine hundred
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eight just one hundred corporations have produced more than seventy percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. this is not just a problem of me or a problem of you there are companies or oil companies natural gas companies coal companies who are responsible for the vast amount of the pollution that is causing climate change where there is progress. and many of them have waged dissin for mason campaigns that they have tried to downplay and distort the sigh. they have. got politicians in their pockets who are discouraging or blocking climate action if there was a list of criminals who have polluted the climate an accident exxon mobil would come to a different british petroleum didn't come as the top climate polluters so all the companies in india in saudi arabia you know many many countries who are polluting the climate but also have a huge influence on media in terms of their contributions to advertisement and
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support the media so media is very quick to talk about what governments need to do or what people need to do but they will rarely talk about what corporations need to do for instance there was there was a widely panned. c.n.n. tweet the tweet was scared of the new climate report here's a few things you can do and of course all the prescriptions that are made had to do with individual consumer changes and. it completely neglected the actual structural forces and corporate power that underlies the climate crisis and i don't think the stress on the changes that individuals can make rather than on what corporations are doing is an accident i think it is a function of the dominant ideology of our era namely neo liberalism. which has persuaded us or tried to persuade us that the market is
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a kind of magical entity that will solve all of our problems. unprecedented changes that's what the i.p.c.c. report says is needed to deal with global warming as media outlets covered the report almost none of them this network included reported on changes the would make in their own newsrooms or to their own journalistic practices one piece it might be wise to start stop dealing with the climate change issue as separate it from if you know the story if you other beat. i find. it's a story in time to remember new sometimes because you will be going from this report that's really. staggering and its implications and then on the next page there will be an article about the potential you know renovation of j.f.k. airport doesn't say anything about the role of flying and air travel in. contributing to carbon emissions and how we might need to change that quite drastically i think that they all are very deeply connected and i think that's
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particularly true for reporting on the economy and economics and job growth and all of these things that make no mention of climate change but it is our economic model that is driving climate change and those things have to be put together much more than they are now. hey. i'm joined now by one of our producers flo phillips of the sky some of the other. media stories that we're looking at this week flo the story of the saudi journalist emotional she is really taken on every twist and turn and one of the media fallout has been that some journalists in the ways think leading journalists that work at the washington post which of course is where our shoji used to write have actually been called out for their pro saudi reporting what else do we know about this barbara the washington post has understandably really been quite aggressive in its campaign to find out exactly what happened turning the heat up on
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saudi arabia's allies in the u.s. they even put out one op ed with the headline when you work for a murderer but soon after that piece was published the investigative website intersect pointed out a rather unfortunate fact that washington post columnist ed rogers and contributing writer carter eskew perfective been working for the saudi government by the lobbying firms that each of them runs within twenty four hours of that intercept piece going up the washington post put out their own article saying that both lobbying companies have now canceled their contracts with saudi arabia and so apart from these journalists stroke lobbyists who else is the story really shine the spotlight on well there is one more name from the washington post itself david ignatius the paper's long time foreign affairs columnist critics have taken issue with his pro saudi stance this two thousand and seventeen op ed about the crown prince is a prime example although he was hardly the only person to write such pieces the new york times is thomas friedman is in the same camp and while he attempted
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a week mia culpa about the news of disappearance i'm not sure many people are buying it it's important to know that this isn't just american journalists being called out for their prose saudi writing in britain the daily telegraph defense editor kong kauffman has written a couple of articles echoing the saudi line about the show she's disappearance one political commentator took kaufman's writing apart not just this piece but other articles to. accusing him of churning out saudi propaganda often deleted his twitter account soon after and neither he nor his paper have responded to the allegations a lot of fallout continues from the case let's move to me and more now though because three senior journalists have been arrested there who are they and what a.


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