The Australian newspaper loses any last shreds of scientific credibility
Just in case anyone had any lingering doubts that The Australian newspaper has completely lost credibility when it comes to science, environment editor Graham Lloyd delivers the decisive blow (paywall). Check out the full story at either of these:
Lloyd is using false balance to the ultimate. It amazes me that a seasoned journalist can willingly accept becoming a laughing-stock just to remain in the Murdoch stable. What must the culture in that organisation be like?
Update: And there’s even more evidence from another part of the Murdoch empire. An article in the Wall Street Journal actually drags out the old “carbon dioxide is a good gas” false dichotomy PRATT so beloved of the deniers. Read some of the stunned reactions here:
The Columbia Journalism Review: The WSJ editorial page hits rock bottom.
Media Matters: Wall Street Journal‘s Idiocracy: CO2 Is What Plants Crave.
Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Wall Street Journal: CO2 Good for Plants. Seriously.
Update 2013/06/03: Watching The Deniers reports on another case in which Lloyd employs single study syndrome to promote a well-rebutted claim that CFCs are responsible for global warming. (For an excellent rebuttal of the CFC connection, see Lu Blames Global Warming on CFCs (Curve Fitting Correlations) on Skeptical Science.)
And a further update 2013/09/18: Graham Readfearn at the Guardian (here) describes how the Murdoch press continues to deliberately distort its reporting of climate science by promoting well-known deniers and ignoring the climate science community.
They’re coming thick and fast now 2013/09/25: Graham Readfearn documents two more cases of the Murdoch empire’s war on science:
Science Group Calls on News Corp. to Improve Climate Science Content (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Australian media failures promote climate policy inaction (The Conversation)