Friday, March 05, 2010

Mead drubs the Times for its poor coverage of Climategate:
Admit mistakes?  Open up their data?  Change the way the work?  You mean there was something wrong with the way climate science was operating last year?  Is the Times telling us that the climate scientists–on the basis of whose work the whole world is debating complex and far-reaching changes in its economic structure and political governance–were using slipshod and careless procedures that need to be fixed?

Gosh, one has to ask, if these terrible things were going on for such a long time, why didn’t the New York Times notice this earlier on?  Why didn’t the New York Times break this important story back when it was news, rather than lamely sweeping up at the end of the parade?  Could it be that a climate of politically-correct group-think inhibited the editors and reporters at the country’s newspaper of record from recognizing a one of the major stories of the decade? Could the environmental writers at the Times be just a teensy bit too close to their sources?

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