Had to laugh. Hot Topic's Gareth Renowden has been eating crow, rather than truffle, over claims by Britain's Chief Scientist that climate skepticism has merit.
In one comment this week he writes:
"...you are talking nonsense. I have never claimed that the “science is settled”
Yet this is the same Hot Topic that published this post when TV3 news dared to say the science was not settled:
TV3 news hit one of its lows last night. Reporter and presenter Samantha Hayes was in Aitutaki in the Cook Islands for the visit of Greenpeace’s ship the Esmeralda on its Pacific climate impact tour, with Sign On ambassador Keisha Castle Hughes on board [Greenpeace release]. I was watching the news item with interest when I thought I heard the reporter saying “while the science is far from settled…”. Since my hearing is not reliable I checked on the TV3 news website. I had heard aright. Here is the full sentence: “While the science is far from settled, Greenpeace is convinced that Aitutaki is on the front line of climate change.”
I shot off an angry comment to TV3 without too much reflection. I’ve been wondering since how a news programme as significant as TV3’s could think it proper to include a caveat like that in the middle of their report, and decided to write a post on it. As I was under way an email arrived from the producer John Hale in reply to my comment. It answered my wondering. He referred to the significant body of informed opinion that disagrees with my position, and went on to say that 3news is not a vehicle for either lobby, but is expected to be balanced, fair and accurate. So there it is. The 3news team are still labouring under the impression that there is a serious scientific debate about the reality of anthropogenic climate change, and they must reflect that in their reporting.
I can understand Walker's outrage: how dare a media organisation try and introduce balance to the climate change debate?
Of course, the real embarrassment to Messrs Walker and Renowden at Hot Topic is that TV3 were quite right to add the caveat about Pacific Islands given my earlier post here, and a WattsUpWithThat post here.