More NOAA FOI emails – A question for Bill Lambrecht of the Post Dispatch

After reading this email to the late climate scientists Steven H. Schneider (released from the 2 year FOI effort to NOAA) below…

…I have this question for Bill Lambrecht of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

As a correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bill Lambrecht (above) has won numerous journalism prizes, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award and three Raymond Clapper awards. Big Muddy Blues is his second book; he is also the author of Dinner at the New Gene Café (2001), a look at the debate over genetically modified foods. Source:
How do you reconcile journalistic integrity with your apparent bias in stating to a scientist that it is important to challenge stories coming out of your congressional district?

The post Climategate1 story you suggest a challenge to is:


WASHINGTON, D.C. _ U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) today introduced legislation that would save taxpayers $12.5 million this year and millions more in the future by prohibiting the United States from contributing to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is fraught with waste and is engaged in dubious science.

“We all know that the UN is incompetent when it comes to spending money, and that is why American taxpayers should not be forking over millions more to one of its organizations that not only is in need of significant reform but is engaged in dubious scientific quests,” Luetkemeyer said. “Folks in Missouri and across the country are tired of this never ending government spending spree, and my goal is to deliver some of our people’s hard-earned money back into their pocketbooks instead of spending it on international junk science.”

Luetkemeyer’s legislation would prohibit U.S. contributions to the IPCC, which is nothing more than a group of U.N. bureaucrats that supports man-made claims on global warming that many scientists disagree with.


Seems like a clear-cut case of media bias to me.

You can read the entire email thread here: Fwd_ Luetkemeyer E-Release- Luetkemeyer Bill Would Save Taxpayers $12-7-8-09 (1)

h/t to Chris Horner, CEI

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August 23, 2012 2:33 pm

Blaine Luetkemeyer seems to have a good handle on things.

August 23, 2012 2:39 pm

That’s not bias… it’s called journalistic corruption. Bias is stage one. Hypocrisy is stage two. Corruption is stage three.

Ally E.
August 23, 2012 2:47 pm

Oooh, let the squirming begin… Bill Lambrecht, answer the question!

August 23, 2012 2:50 pm

It would appear that there were a like-minded group of Believers who openly acted in concert to promote their ‘common purpose’. The delicious irony here is that THEY constantly alleged that climate sceptics were a well organized, well funded, disinformation machine!

Ben Wilson
August 23, 2012 3:05 pm

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that journalism awards are essentially meaningless. . . . . .

August 23, 2012 3:12 pm

Ooh! Not just a correspondent but a “science journalist” that has written on GMO. I just ate raw an ear of GM teosinte, a.k.a. Silver Queen maize, that any principled and self-respecting starveling neo-Luddite must eschew. Do you think Lambrecht eats corn that is GM from inedible teosinte?

August 23, 2012 3:14 pm

Blaine Luetkemeyer has been following this AGW scandal for a long time and will not be easily distracted.; Thank you, thank you, Representative Luetkemeyer

August 23, 2012 3:30 pm

Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:

Greg Cavanagh
August 23, 2012 3:43 pm

Quote: “The delicious irony here is that THEY constantly alleged that climate sceptics were a well organized, well funded, disinformation machine!”

August 23, 2012 4:21 pm

Anthony Watts asked:
‘How do you reconcile journalistic integrity with your apparent bias in stating to a scientist that it is important to challenge stories coming out of your congressional district?’
Journalists should think it important to challenge everything said elected representatives, and it is fair to go to opponents for comments. However, unless they want to become campaigners (which is OK, but you have to declare it) journalists need to challenge both sides.
Maybe another question to ask would be ‘when was the last time you challenged an environmental proposal?’

August 23, 2012 4:37 pm

“How do you reconcile journalistic integrity…”
Journalistic integrity??!! I take it you aren’t familiar with the Post-Dispatch..
I sent them a LtE several years on RKBA (STP-D _hates_ RKBA) full of stats and references, carefully tailored to their letter length policy. A while later they happened to run a two-letter “opposing views” set on RKBA. The gun ban letter was pretty much like I expected. The pro-RKBA letter was… a mess. Poorly written. _Incorrect_ “facts”. Bad grammar. Chopped sentences. _Misspellings_. It did try to make some of the points my own letter had, but… mess, the best word for it. I wished they’d had the balls to run my letter. Then I kept reading and reached the signature.
“Carl W. Bussjaeger, Saint Louis”.
When I pulled my file copy for comparison, I could see that they really had started with my letter, but altered it so extensively that I hadn’t even recognized it. I asked for an apology and correction.
But I expected no more. That’s SOP for the P-D.
[pre-deleted for the mods convenience] Post-Dispatch [pre-deleted for the mods convenience] “journalistic integrity”, my [pre-deleted for the mods convenience] [pre-deleted for the mods convenience] [pre-deleted for the mods convenience].

August 23, 2012 4:53 pm

One of the saddest things about the AGW hoax is the extent to which the media have conspired…oops…cooperated fully with the Lysenkoists to spread the pseudoscientific propaganda.

NZ Willy
August 23, 2012 5:57 pm

The thing about media bias is that it is “game over”. They know they’re biased, we know they’re biased, and they know we know they’re biased. So they’re not pretending anymore, they are being explicitly biased, and it does no good to point it out to them, as Anthony does here. As an example, here in New Zealand the Wellington newspaper has an editorial titled (get this) “We Love to Love you Online Haters”, , which is about how they derive positive results from their critics’ feedback. But where we’d say “critics”, the newspaper flat-out calls them “haters” — there’s your liberal mindset for you, and no effort at concealment whatsoever. Sorry Anthony, it’s just nyaah nyaah from them now.

Ally E.
August 23, 2012 6:44 pm

jorgekafkazar says:
August 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm
One of the saddest things about the AGW hoax is the extent to which the media have conspired…oops…cooperated fully with the Lysenkoists to spread the pseudoscientific propaganda.
Totally agree! The MSM could have ripped this thing entirely open way back, saving taxpayers billions of dollars AND protecting society from the menace of these lies and manipulations. I’m certain some of them know it, too. It’s their cowardice and/or coverup that makes me feel literally ill. I try to remain optimistic and there ARE reporters doing what they can to bring the story to light, but the big timers, the heavy duty press seem to cower like school kids in front of a bully. Where the f**k is their backbone? Tearing into governement waste and exposing extremist plots should be what every reporter hungers after, this scam should be like blood in the water for them. It’s right in front of their noses! Why don’t they tear in? Are they all waiting for someone else to go first?

August 23, 2012 7:19 pm

In the current state of the news media, I believe that the phrase “journalistic integrity” is now listed in the dictionary as an example for the word: oxymoron.

Alan Clark
August 23, 2012 8:33 pm

Totalitarian regimes prior to the internet, had such an easy time of it. Today, not so much. LOL!

August 23, 2012 9:36 pm

I don’t get it. What did Lambrecht do wrong? He sort the opinion of a climate scientist in response to a particularly dumb piece of proposed legislation.
I think you only really object to his behaviour because he is not on your side.

Since you aren’t in journalism, but are instead an insular academic, obviously you don’t understand. Journalists should not goad people in making responses or suggest challenges. He’s telling the person he’s interviewing that “it shouldn’t go unchallenged”. It’s just wrong by journalistic ethics to goad the person you are interviewing into challenging the subject you are writing about. – Anthony

August 23, 2012 9:53 pm

One of my great uncles worked at the St. Louis Post-dispatch a long time ago. Funny enough, he always described the paper as a liberal rag and refused to even subscribe to it despite contributing to it….but what changes in 50 years huh?

D. Patterson
August 24, 2012 1:28 am

St. Louis Post Dispatch, big yellow dog; St. Louis Globe Democrat, big yellow dog wannabe; Southern Illinoisan, little yellow dog. They’d rather drown than being accused of being a blue dog or worse.

August 24, 2012 1:38 am

Brooksie is an academic? Who knew!

August 24, 2012 1:43 am

“The post Climategate1 story you suggest a challenge to is:”
Isn’t July 2009 pre Climategate1?

August 24, 2012 5:25 am

Lee Enterprises Owns the St. Louis Post Dispatch
General electric generated over 21 billion in revenue from windmills last year.

As of June 30, 2012, funds at Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway were valued at $74.3 billion.
During the quarter, Berkshire had 37 total positions.
In addition to the 30 top holdings below, Buffett also owned General Electric (GE), Verisk (VRSK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Gannett (GCI), UPS (UPS), Lee Enterprises (LEE) and Ingersoll-Rand (IR) as of June 30.
Follow the money…..
This trail also includes Obama, Soros and the rest, but I did not want to post the whole internet in this comment.

Paul H
August 24, 2012 5:56 am

Thin gruel, pedantry and petty bullying tactics.

August 24, 2012 7:40 am

The problem is that we now have reporters/editors who have college educations. The old timers grew up in the street, had a finely honed sense of cynicism, never trusted a politician of any stripe, and could tot sums even in the billions. Today, the college boys don’t have a clue.

August 24, 2012 9:07 am

“Today, the college boys don’t have a clue.”
Worse, they’ve been well indoctrinated. It doesn’t occur to them to question the Truth they’ve had revealed to them and many are on a crusade to further that Truth, regardless of the facts.

Eugene Watson
August 24, 2012 9:08 am

Stephen Schneider was NOT a “climate scientist” – he was a (“the science is settled”) socialist idealogue.

Martin M
August 24, 2012 2:03 pm

There is a reason why we locals call it the ‘Post-Disgrace’.

August 27, 2012 12:44 pm

Everyone really should stop calling hacks “journalists”.

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