A few months ago, we launched Reality Check. After years of frustration with mainstream media coverage of cleantech, we felt it was time to put in a regular, full-strength, hardcore effort to correct the record and highlight what’s wrong with such coverage.
Since then, this feature has included: an in-depth investigative piece tackling poor WSJ coverage of a somewhat obscure but important and effective cleantech program (PACE); quick commentary on uninformed, misleading statements about solar tariffs on MSNBC; thorough rebuttal of an absurd claim in Business Insider that Tesla won’t be able to “keep up” with GM; and an epic 3-part takedown of a horrible, misleading, warped anti-wind story purporting to be an in-depth investigation by GateHouse Media.
We want to do much more to “correct the cleantech record” and push the mainstream media to do a better job covering cleantech issues. As such, we have three simple requests for you:
- Drop us recommendations for stories we should respond to.
- Share our Reality Check articles with the mainstream media outlets we are responding to (via comments on the articles and also tweets, shares, and emails to the reporters and editors).
- Share our Reality Check articles with everyone.
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