See No Evil: The Times Tries to Ignore the Global Warmist Scandal
By Spartacus Thrace
If you do not think that the liberal media is devoid of altruism or that they do not censor the news that they provide you in accordance with their political agenda, consider how the St. Petersburg Times has treated the ongoing “ClimateGate” scandal.
Today, newspapers run by liberals are all about power and influence through the control of the flow of information to the public. In that regard, it seems the Times would like to ignore the inconvenient truth that someone broke into one of the motherships of the global warmists, stole several thousand emails and other documents, and spilled their dirty little secrets on the internet.
The Times is a liberal newspaper and has, over the years, enthusiastically and uncritically taken the side of the global warmists. It has even used its PolitiFact project — which the Times claims exists “to help you find the truth in American politics” — to denigrate and discredit critics of anthropogenic global warming and declare their arguments to be false and promote the false impression of a “consensus” on the topic.
The essential facts of the scandal are as follows: On November 17th someone hacked into a server used by the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia and stole more than 1,000 emails and 3,000 other documents dating back to 1996 and as recent as November 12th. The CRU is an extremely important hub in the international community of global warmists. Two days later, on November 19th, the emails and other documents were uploaded to a Russian server and copied to numerous locations across the internet. The stolen materials give the appearance that the CRU and its political allies have long been engaged in a deliberate effort to manipulate the data about anthropgenic climate change, suppress by various means those skeptics who opposed them, and foster the appearance of a world-wide consensus on the subject when in fact the debate among scientists is quite vigorous.
If newspapers are supposed to be social watchdogs protecting the public by revealing the objective truth about matters of general public concern, the Times is the dog that should be barking but isn’t. Since the news broke about what could be the greatest scientific scandal in a generation — namely that science has been politicized to promote a very costly hoax on the world’s population — the Times has remained almost mum.
While the major national and international news outlets have been treating this as a major story, an on-line search reveals that the substantive coverage of the St. Petersburg Times to date has been limited to publication of a short Associated Press wire story that ran on November 22nd and the reprinting on November 27th of an editorial that appeared on Wednesday the 25th in the Washington Post.
The editorial, titled “How not to fight climate of denial” in the Times reprinting, was a leftist global warmist apologia that quickly (1) questioned the authenticity of the documents, (2) asserted that critics are “taking them out of context and misinterpreting at least one controversial e-mail exchange,” and (3) summarily pronounced that “[n]one of it seriously undercuts the scientific consensus on climate change.” The editorial concluded with the broad diktat that:
“By our reckoning — and that of most scientists, policymakers and almost every government in the world — the probability that the planet will warm in the long term because of human activity is extremely high, and the probability that allowing it to do so unabated will have disastrous effects is unacceptably large. The case that governments should hedge against that outcome is formidable enough. Climate scientists should not let themselves be goaded by the irresponsibility of the deniers into overstating the certainties of complex science or, worse, censoring discussion of them.”
This is a pathetic demonstration of agenda-driven pseudo-journalism. The uncritical reprinting of a wire story and an opinion piece from a leftist newspaper, in particular, is not a substitute for critical reporting, and certainly does not lift the virtual blackout imposed by the Times on this very important issue.
But is there really anything to report and discuss? To get a sense of the huge extent to which the Times is ignoring or minimizing the importance of this story, consider the following sample of the immense coverage of ClimateGate that has been published in assorted news organizations and blogs all over the world during the past two weeks, organized by publication date from most recent to least recent, and compare it to the coverage given by the Times:
Michelle Malkin, All the president’s ClimateGate deniers, MICHELLE MALKIN, December 2, 2009
James Delingpole, Climategate: it’s all unravelling now, TELEGRAPH (UK), December 2, 2009
John Ingham, Climate Change ‘Fraud’, DAILY EXPRESS, December 2, 2009
Declan McCullagh, Fallout Over “ClimateGate” Data Leak Grows, CBS NEWS, December 2, 2009
Juliet Eilperin, Climate scientist at center of e-mail controversy to step down WASHINGTON POST, December 1, 2009
John Fund, The Great and Powerful Climate Oz, WALL STREET JOURNAL, December 1, 2009
Bret Stephens, Climategate: Follow the Money, WALL STREET JOURNAL, December 1, 2009
Jeff Greer, Penn State Will Investigate ‘Climategate’, U.S.News & WORLD REPORT, November 30, 2009
L. Gordon Crovitz, The Web Discloses Inconvenient Climate Truths, WALL STREET JOURNAL, November 30, 2009
Richard S. Lindzen, The Climate Science Isn’t Settled, WALL STREET JOURNAL, November 30, 2009
Kyle Smith, The end of cap-and-trade, NEW YORK POST, November 29, 2009
Jonathan Leake, The great climate change science scandal, TIMES (UK), November 29, 2009
Jonathan Leake, Climate change data dumped, TIMES (UK), November 29, 2009
Christopher Booker, Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 28, 2009
Robert Mendick, Climategate: University of East Anglia U-turn in climate change row, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 28, 2009
Mark Steyn, CRU’s Tree-Ring Circus, NATIONAL REVIEW, November 28, 2009
Noel Sheppard, ClimateGate’s Michael Mann Being Investigated By Penn State, NEWSBUSTERS, November 28, 2009
Gordon Rayner, Who’s to blame for Climategate?, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 27, 2009
Kurt Schlichter, Cross-Examining the Climate Change Scammers, BIG GOVERNMENT, November 27, 2009
Vincent Gray, Climategate: ‘There Was Proof of Fraud All Along’, PAJAMAS MEDIA, November 27, 2009
Gerald Warner, Climategate e-mails sweep America, may scuttle Barck Obama’s Cap and Trade laws, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 26, 2009
Editorial, Rigging a Climate ‘Consensus’, WALL STREET JOURNAL, November 27, 2009
James Delingpole, Climategate: the scandal spreads, the plot thickens, the shame deepens…, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 26, 2009
James Delingpole, Climategate: five Aussie Mps lead the way by resigning in disgust over carbon tax, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 26, 2009
Carol Driver, Climate change scandal deepens as BBC expert claims he was sent leaked emails six weeks ago, MAIL (UK), November 26, 2009
New doubts on warming, but most favor action, WASHINGTON POST, November 25, 2009
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., Global Warmists Caught Red-Handed, AMERICAN SPECTATOR, November 25, 2009
James Delingpole, Climategate: how they all squirmed, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 25, 2009
David Warren, The Skeptics Are Vindicated, REAL CLEAR POLITICS, November 25, 2009
Jeff Poor, ClimateGate Ignored, Again – Broadcast Nets Go With State Dinner Menu, Sea Lions and Pete the Moose, NEWSBUSTERS, November 25, 2009
NRO Symposium, Climate of Fraud, NATIONAL REVIEW, November 25, 2009
Willis Eschenbach, Willis vs. The CRU: A History of (FOI) Evasion, The Unbearable Nakedness of CLIMATE CHANGE, November 24, 2009
David Derbyshire, Scientists in climate change ‘cover-up’ storm told to quit, MAIL (UK), November 24, 2009
Editorial, Global Warming With the Lid Off, WALL STREET JOURNAL, November 24, 2009
Robert Tracinski, Climategate: The Fix is In, REAL CLEAR POLITICS, November 24, 2009
Editorial, Hiding evidence of global cooling, WASHINGTON TIMES, November 24, 2009
James Delingpole, Climategate reminds us of the liberal-left’s visceral loathing of open debate, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 24, 2009
Juliet Eilperin, In the trenches on climate change, hostility among foes, WASHINGTON POST, November 22, 2009
James Delingpole, Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?, TELEGRAPH (UK), November 20, 2009
Ed Morrissey, Do hacked e-mails show global warming fraud?, HOT AIR!, November 20, 2009
Ian Wisehart, Climate Centre Hacked, INVESTIGATE MAGAZINE, November 20, 2009
Andrew Bolt, Climategate: Warmist conspiracy exposed?, HERALD SUN (AU), November 20, 2009
Plainly, there is no lack of material to write about or refer to in attempting to get at the truth of the global warming story, if that is indeed what a newspaper is supposed to do.
The Times does not have an excuse for ignoring this scandal, and ignoring it won’t make it go away. It is indeed saddening, for when one of the largest newspapers in the state effectively blacks out a story of this magnitude, the community is ill-served. In the meantime, those who are concerned about this issue will have to look someplace other than the Times to get their facts and analysis.
UPDATE 12/06/09: Today, three weeks after the scandal hit headlines all over the globe and the hacked materials became available to anyone in the public who cared to download them, the Times has finally discovered ClimateGate and has republished a pro-global warmist article about it that appeared in the Washington Post. Apparently, this is all the reader is going to get from the Times. Pathetic.