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Fox News criticizes Flagstaff newspaper for not providing 'balance' in climate change coverage

Whoa, talk about the pot calling the kettle black:
Fox News anchor Bret Baier has a beef with the Arizona Daily Sun. Baier called out the Sun's editor, Randy Wilson, for refusing to give equal coverage to climate-change deniers.
"The editor of the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff does not have room for balance in his newspaper," Baier said on the Monday, June 16, edition of Special Report with Bret Baier.
Just like Fox is "fair and balanced" on their coverage of all things Obama. Yeah, sure. Baier criticized the Flagstaff paper for "refusing to give equal coverage to climate-change deniers." Equal, as in: If you print 5 column inches about the proven and devastating effects of industrialization, then you must print 5 column inches from deniers—corporate mouthpieces and creationists mostly. And while we're at it, let's give equal space to the flat-earthers, the 9/11 truthers, and cigarette company CEOs who deny their product's harmful effects.
There simply is no "equal" or "balanced" debate about human-caused climate change, if by "equal" Baier means there's the same number of experts on both sides of the issue. Last year one study found that 97 percent of scientific papers agreed that humans are responsible for the ecological messes that soil our planet. That's 97/3, not 50/50 or anywhere close! In the editorial that got Bret Baier all hot and bothered, Randy Wilson said it's time to put the "balanced" BS behind us and move on.


Quinn signs bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure into law Saturday that will make Illinois the 18th state to allow voters to register online.

Supporters say the move could increase turnout at the polls and cut down on paperwork costs, while critics question the security of an online registration system and say there is a potential for fraud in a state where Chicagoans have been known to vote from beyond the grave.
Under the legislation, anyone with a valid driver's license or state identification card can go online to sign up to vote online beginning July 1, 2014. That’s the target date for the State Board of Elections to have the new system up and running.

The measure is backed by Cook County Clerk David Orr, who said the online option will be a "win-win" for voters and election officials that makes it easier to register and reduces processing time and the potential for errors since voters will be in charge of entering their own personal information. Orr also contends there are enough checks and balances to prevent wrongdoing.

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