Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Another American media failure. How pathetic...

In the years after the the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent failure to find WMD, the American media flagellated itself publicly over its lack of skepticism of Bush administration cassus belli claims. We endured reams of essays about the supine nature of the corporate-owned media, the supposed disinformation campaign of the White House, the “lies” on WMD claims (that had also been made by Democrats in Congress from 1998 until the invasion), and so on. To this day, the American media still considers their self-described blind acceptance of claims about intelligence without sufficient investigation as an indictment on their industry — and a consequence of the Internet-driven changes to the media market.

After wearing sackcloth and ashes for so long, one might believe that the American national media would leap at the chance to show its newfound mission of skepticism and challenge to authority. Unfortunately, US journalists have missed a grand opportunity to demonstrate that it learned a lesson about swallowing a story from the government without question, if indeed that is what happened in 2002 on Iraq. We know this because their colleagues across the pond in the United Kingdom have not missed the chance to speak a little truth to power, both in their own government and to multilateral organizations that issued faulty analyses, false data, bad research, and hysterical demands for action. READ MORE...

•University of East Anglia e-mails that exposed data destruction, attempts to hide contradictory data, and conspiracies to sabotage the work of skeptical scientists
•The East Anglia CRU threw out their raw data, undermining any effort to check their work
•NOAA/GHCN “homogenization” falsified climate declines into increases
•East Anglia CRU’s below-standard computer modeling
•No rise in atmospheric carbon fraction over the last 150 years: University of Bristol
•IPCC withdraws claim that AGW will wipe out Himalayan glaciers by 2035
•IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri knew Himalayan claim was bogus for months before exposure
•Amazonian rainforest conclusions not based on scientific research but on advocacy group claims
•Mountain glacier claims based on unsubstantiated student theses and anecdotes from climber magazine
•Search of IPCC report footnotes exposes ten more student dissertations presented as peer-reviewed research
•Medieval Warming Period temperatures may have been global, undermining entire AGW case
•Measurements used for AGW case were influenced by urbanization, poor location, bad data sets
•African-crop claims exposed as false
•IPCC researchers excluded Southern Hemisphere data to exaggerate effects of warming on hurricanes
•Hurricane claims further exposed as false by actual peer-reviewed research — including by some AGW researchers
•Major scientific group concludes IPCC-linked researchers “complicit in the alleged scientific malpractices“

None of these — none — were exposed by a major American media outlet READ MORE...

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