Rather Do Nothing

As Mark and I have been saying around here, this CRU story is also a journalistic scandal as well. That front is intensifying. The Daily Mail reports that the BBC had some of these e-mails a month ago and did . . . nothing.

The BBC has become tangled in the row over the alleged manipulation of scientific data on global warming.

One of its reporters has revealed he was sent some of the leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia more than a month ago – but did nothing about them.

Despite the explosive nature of some of the messages – which revealed apparent attempts by the CRU’s head, Professor Phil Jones, to destroy global temperature data rather than give it to scientists with opposing views – Paul Hudson failed to report the story.

This has led to suspicions that the scandal was ignored because it ran counter to what critics say is the BBC’s unquestioning acceptance in many of its programmes that man-made climate change is destroying the planet.

As Mark put it yesterday: “If you follow online analysis from obscure websites on the fringes of the map, you’ll know what’s going on. If you go to the convenience store and buy today’s newspaper, you won’t.”

It is amazing how so much of the news today is stuff you don’t find in the news. You’d think some of these dying outlets would try to catch up. There’s always been a lot of talk about the legacy media are a bunch of gatekeepers who work to give you the news you need. I’m beginning to wonder if the metaphor has the guards on the wrong side of the gate. These days the press seems more interested in guarding you from the news they don’t want you to know, even if you would very much like to hear it.

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