How big a scandal this is for the scientific community is being hotly debated on the Internet. But in big newspapers and TV news, the story has gotten less attention. And that’s a scandal, too. The New York Times’s leading climate reporter, Andrew Revkin (whose name appears in some of the e-mails), won’t publish the contents of the e-mail on the grounds it would violate the scientists’ privacy. Can anyone imagine the Times being so prissy if such damning e-mails were from ExxonMobil, never mind Dick Cheney?This is the lowest point in American journalism in my lifetime, with the very big exception of the new media, who have stepped in to fill the void.
Pom-pom journalism alert from NewsBusters:
On the same day Comcast announced it was buying a 51 percent stake in General Electric's NBC Universal, its CEO sent a letter to President Obama supporting the Senate's healthcare bill.How's that for a nod and a wink? Could anyone miss it?
At virtually the same time, high-ranking Democrats in the House and Senate said Thursday [apparently with straight faces] they will closely scrutinize the proposed alliance to determine its impact on the media marketplace.
But . . . for a really insightful piece on this, read John Coleman's article here. Coleman is the founder of the Weather Channel and a veteran reporter. It's a great article.