December 25, 2013: Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, became trapped in polar ice. Three rescue attempts were thwarted by the high levels of sea ice and blizzard weather conditions in what is summer in the Antarctic.
January 2, 2014: All 52 passengers were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2. The crew elected to stay with the ship, which has enough supplies for “a very long time.”
THE MEDIA COVERAGE:
98% of the MSM news stories between Dec. 25 and Jan. 2 failed to mention the REASON the ship was in the area, referring to the stranded as “passengers,” “trackers” and even “tourists,” rather than “climate change researchers.”
But Chris Turney, the expedition’s leader, is a professor of climate change at the University of New South Wales, who wrote on his personal website that the purpose of the expedition was to “discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.”
If this story had gone the other way and made climate deniers look stupid, every MSM news story would have led with that fact and multiple “news” hosts at MSNBC and Morning Joe would’ve fallen out of their chairs laughing about it.
Yes, I do know that polar bears do not live at the South Pole. I think the cartoon includes them to be extra ironic about the Al Gore thing.