Friday, February 05, 2010

Ostracised online objicients...

Matt Ridley in the Spectator writes that journalists tend to complain that the current slow death of newspapers will mean a loss of investigative reporting and that this will be a disaster; it will. However what Matt points out is that despite their tales of woe and how - if we rely on the Internet - who will sniff out "the real story", re Climategate, "it was amateur bloggers who scented the exaggerations, distortions and corruptions in the climate establishment; whereas newspaper reporters, even after the scandal broke, played poodle to their sources."

Yet, this time round, despite 20 years of being told they were not just factually but morally wrong, of being compared to Holocaust deniers, of being told they deserved to be tried for crimes against humanity, of being avoided at parties, climate sceptics seem to be growing in number and confidence by the day.

Read the excellent article in full: "The global warming guerrillas" HERE. (opens in print mode to read on one page instead of six!)

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Paul said...

Good article, I also followed through to Christopher Booker's piece in the Telegraph last November which covers similar ground.

Climate change is one of those classic, 'you're either for us or against us' arguments - no middle ground is allowed.

Span Ows said...

I agree, as soon as I read it i thought that it was worth liniing to. I always read Booker when I can, (as you can imagine his almost weekly words on the EU chime with my own opinion !) I also went to several of the blogs he mentioned, Watt I have been to several times, even linked to it more than once on R5L but not Bishop Hill (Caspar and the Jesus paper)

As you're in or you're out although it's the "official" lot that play dirty (Ed Miliband just makes me want to hit him every time he opens his trap)