Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The BBC climate debacle

Although this story is all over the major climate blogs and many others, I need to post on it in case there is anyone out there who hasn’t seen it.

You can read the story here, here and here, but basically BBC reporting policy on climate issues was the subject of a key BBC seminar in 2006. Sceptics have always wanted to get hold of the attendee list for obvious reasons, but the BBC has steadfastly blocked FOI requests even to the extent of defending this blocking decision in court.

Now blogger Maurizio Morabito has uncovered the list quite legally (apparently via the Wayback Machine) and we see that to the surprise of absolutely nobody, the BBC and the BBC Trust have been economical with the truth on their climate reporting policies. The BBC takes the activist line and seemingly did so knowingly and deliberately.


Sam Vega said...

This is astonishing stuff.

The "Today" team seem like a fearless and iconoclastic bunch. They are not even scared of their own D-G, it seems. But I bet there will be nothing on this tomorrow morning.

A K Haart said...

Sam - it is astonishing, although I think we all knew the score anyway. Mind you, I tend to think the people involved are simply second-rate rather than unprincipled.

They have principles, but they are geared to their social milieu which is smart but not insightful.