Journalists are not supposed to merely reflect the public’s misconceptions back to them. They are supposed to correct those misconceptions. But there is a word for this kind of article, and the word is not journalism—it’s propaganda.

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Ben Adler covers climate-change policy for Grist and is a contributing editor for CJR