Why would anyone ever trust The Australian on climate change (or any Murdoch media for that matter)?
Anyone with any degree of scientific literacy has long given up on The Australian, but it’s good to know that there’s wider recognition of the abysmal state of its climate reporting.
The Australian Press Council has upheld complaints about The Australian‘s reporting on climate change in September 2013. The series of misleading articles started with Graham Lloyd’s article “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC”, published on pages 1 and 6 on 16 September.
The APC ruling contains this instructive paragraph:
The Council has concluded that the erroneous claim about the revised warming rate was very serious, given the importance of the issue and of the need for accuracy (both of which were emphasised in the editorial that repeated the claim without qualification). Although based on another publication’s report, the claim was unequivocally asserted in The Australian headline, “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC”, which also implied the IPCC had acknowledged the alleged error. The impression that the claim was correct was reinforced by The Australian saying the IPCC had been “forced to deny” that it was in crisis talks.
Graham Readfearn has the full story at DeSmogBlog.