Climate Churnalism's New Clothes

Josh is finding the FakeGate to be a target rich environment. The UK press is quite culpable in lapsed journalistic standards it seems, especially The Guardian.

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February 21, 2012 1:59 pm

I want the t-shirt. Awesome.

February 21, 2012 2:08 pm

The Guardian. has made it clear a number of times , there fully and blindly committed to ‘the cause ‘ no evidenced , no fact , no research will make them change their mind and they will never admit their wrong .

February 21, 2012 2:09 pm

I think the BBC’s Richard Black deserves a cameo somewhere in there, for his almost orgasmic glee in reporting the FakeGate story in such an ‘unbiased’ way on his blog. If only he’d shown the restraint he did when choosing not to report to any great extent on the Climategate incidents, he might not have looked even more stupid than he usually does when reporting on what turned out to be a fake document as the truth.
Starngely enough, said blogs seems to be quite difficult to find on the Beeb site now.

February 21, 2012 2:11 pm

Hiding their shortcomings from all.

Bloke down the pub
February 21, 2012 2:13 pm

Is that the original strawman?

February 21, 2012 2:17 pm

John Bowness says:
February 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm
I’d agree – except that, to paraphrase AA Milne, Black is really ‘a person of very little brain’ and deserves not one jot of recognition. Sub-journos such as Black thrive on their negative effect, and crave attention. Take away the attention, and they have nothing left!

Scottish Sceptic
February 21, 2012 2:20 pm

I’ve just looked at the number of news stories with “Gleick in them” and it looks like its growing exponentially. (But there’s only one day’s data) I was going to say the trend is from low brow (huffington post) to much better (washington post), but then I noticed “14 seconds ago” ….
Fox news: Climate scientist admits stealing docs from conservative think tank

Dave N
February 21, 2012 2:20 pm

The models have failed

February 21, 2012 2:25 pm

I thought Monboit would have more hair……

Ken Hall
February 21, 2012 2:25 pm

Richard Black’s blog on the BBC is easy to find. He has been strangely quiet on the latest developments. He was quick to defend an anonymous leaker, and attack the Heartland Institute based on fake and other unsubstantiated documents. Now that his reports have been proven to be wildly inaccurate or malicious even, he has not issued a correction or apology.
The BBC should sack him.

February 21, 2012 2:25 pm

Trash newspaper and a trash broadcaster.
The bbc lost any semblance of impatiality it might ever have had quite some time ago.
With a little luck itll be disbanded and broken up and sold for scrap to much applause from a grateful and weary public.

Lawrie Ayres
February 21, 2012 2:27 pm

There are none so foolish as those who do not realise they are fools. Unfortunately these fools cannot bring themselves to admit they have been fooled and thus they continue in their foolishness. It takes character to admit a wrong and these folk and their heroes in the climate scam lack character. They are past redemption so none here should waste time trying. It is the huge audience of the uncommitted, uneducated (in climate matters) but voters never-the-less who are and continue to be the target of our efforts. Have them elect realists and the problem will largely be corrected.

February 21, 2012 2:38 pm
Frederick Davies
February 21, 2012 2:45 pm

One must NOT use the words “journalistic standards” and “The Guardian” on the same sentence! When are you going to learn?

February 21, 2012 2:48 pm

BBC is silent so far but here’s one from Oz’s ABC

February 21, 2012 2:53 pm

Josh, please add’s andrew revkin if you do a version 1.1. Thanks, RayG

michael hart
February 21, 2012 3:09 pm

I stopped buying the Guardian over a decade ago. John Bowness is correct, they are intransigent. They cater to a market of believers and are frightened of losing even more sales. Ironically, their self confidence may have been excessively boosted by the recent travails of the Murdoch press caused by journalists obtaining information illegally.
Apart from advertising sales on the US website, the BBC’s income seems more assured in the short term. Richard Black at the BBC appears to think he is untouchable, even though he fulfils neither the criteria of a scientist nor a journalist. His bias is becoming more obvious than ever. The newly appointed science editor with a BA in Geography does not appear the person for the unpleasant task that now needs to be done. Before writing a formal complaint, I am waiting to see what further explanations, if any, he gives for his role in this latest embarrassment.

February 21, 2012 3:44 pm

Our beloved richard Black seems to be saying quite a lot about Gleick….!/realrichyblack

David Davidovics
February 21, 2012 3:50 pm

Message to Alarmist:
You’re almost there.

February 21, 2012 3:52 pm

That ABC piece is disgraceful

February 21, 2012 4:12 pm

A good analysis of the Guardian’s position here:
“But when a climate change alarmist scientist, someone who says the things the Guardian says and like to hear and shares the same leftist worldview, admits he impersonated another person to obtain confidential documents and release them – a criminal act in the UK – the Guardian unbelievably describes it as a ‘leak’. That is how the Guardian is portraying the theft of documents from the Heartland Institute…”

February 21, 2012 5:08 pm

Clutching at straws…. Needle in a haystack?…;-)

Jeff Alberts
February 21, 2012 6:55 pm

MSNBC doesn’t think much of this story either:

February 21, 2012 7:46 pm

jim says:
February 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I want the t-shirt. Awesome.

Me too, except I want it printed on the back of a pair of summer shorts so I can sit on them all the time. (Hey, that’s where they belong.)

February 22, 2012 1:34 am

Le Monde lined up nicely with the Guardian too

John Marshall
February 22, 2012 2:58 am

The Guardian has no morals. If it is about CAGW they print it.
They were called The Grauniad because of their typos.

February 22, 2012 5:59 am

hawkwood says:
February 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm
BBC is silent so far but here’s one from Oz’s ABC
usual aunty crud too.
I logged in to agree it allowed ONE then mysteriously doesnt recognise my account.
like 15 times?
auntys no comment meme in action again

February 22, 2012 9:37 am

“lapsed journalistic standards ”
The Grauniad?
I’m shocked!!

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