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The First Fracking Post

Remember when the New York Times was a real newspaper or when the History Channel showed history? I remember that. It was nice when I could read the news and it was a presentation of the goings on about town or America without it being laden with opinions and agendas.

That is right. Real journalism is dead over at the New York Times.

It has been replaced with some skewed alternate reality that looks nothing like real life and we are all relegated to watch/read it because the neutral options are disappearing.

At this point, you may be asking what this has to do with Hydraulic Fracturing.

“Sensationalism”. If it raises pulses, then print it.

Media outlets like the NYT and organizations like them have forgotten why they started in favor of marketing and vibrato. The types of folks that make careers as writers for papers like the NYT are similar enough and they have an agenda they would rather not be opposed on…issues like Hydraulic Fracturing.

At their inception, they existed for the purpose of providing news for their readers. Typically this news was supposed to be a factual representation of actual goings on. Real journalism was unbiased and presented hard facts and real journalists asked hard questions to present those facts…even if they had a position. Then, the facts spoke for themselves. Readers didn’t have to suffer the ignorant rants of folks like Ian Urbina who misuse their platform to do nothing more than attempt to perpetuate their point of view, albeit misinformed.

Natural Gas is something that could be a major player in the growth of the US economy and is really really good for the United States but it has become a polarizing issue because of the press. This is a fact. Average Joe is getting information from somewhere.

Propaganda films like “GasLand” have created a tizzy about fracking with misrepresentation and a total lack of balanced information. I never thought that a paper like the NYT would turn to that propaganda and allow folks like Urbina, who basically writes an opinion column, to write for them.

The crazy thing about all of this is that some folks get set off and refuse to listen to facts from there on out.  The problem is that these people create unsubstantiated trash like this:


Thankfully, other members of the press and folks like Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon fired back.


The largest problem I have is not with Urbina’s right to have an opinion. I am frustrated at his ignorance, his tone, his audacity and at the willingness of the NYT to publish something that unbalanced. Where is the integrity?

When I was young, and I misrepresented something, it was called a lie and I got disciplined. When Urbina misrepresented Hydraulic Fracturing, he got a paycheck.

Urbina is a journalist who writes for a newspaper called the New York Times.

The Huffington Post has the following bio for him online:

Ian Urbina is a reporter for The New York Times, based in the paper’s Washington bureau. He has degrees in history from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago, and his writings, which range from domestic and foreign policy to commentary on everyday life, have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, son, stepdaughter, and a nuisance of a dog.

This man has no technical education as it pertains to Hydraulic Fracturing which means one thing: he has no idea what he is talking about…and the NYT allows him to keep publishing articles on O&G. This is the guy questioning the research of Dr. Terry Engelder and all of the geologists and engineers employed by O&G companies.

How is he allowed at the table? If there are legitimate concerns on Hydraulic Fracturing, the first to know about them will be the O&G companies and they will have a vested interest because problems cost them money. This man repeatedly attacks informed speculation with ignorant speculation and dated material. He brings the proverbial “knife to a gunfight.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to hear from some guy who couldn’t tell the difference between a frac blender and a smoothie blender. I bet he couldn’t ID any frac equipment or what the roles of the employees are…but he gets a NYT column and he keeps putting out biased articles while hinting at conspiracy theories. That isn’t journalism. Similar fear mongering was used to cover the spill in the Gulf of Mexico…ask the fisherman how terribly their fisheries were effected. The Gulf of Mexico is fairing better than anyone would have imagined and nature did a large part of the work but THAT IS NOT BEING COVERED because it is not sensational.

The ramifications of agenda likes these are simple: no new jobs, less economical growth federally and statewide, continued dependence on foreign oil and the same smearing of factual information they claim O&G companies smear.

Arrive at your own conclusion but tell Urbina and company to stop lying…this is getting old and stalling growth. Just check out this article at the WSJ.


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