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Wire service portrays scientists as dismissing or
28 Dec 09 - "With trillions of dollars at stake in the battle over global warming, now would be the time for the press to closely scrutinize the claims of those who would reorganize the world's economy from farm to factory and laboratory to living room," says this editorial in the Washington Times.
"That's not happening."
The editorial goes on to explore a December 13 article by the Associated Press (AP) entitled "Science not faked, but not pretty."
The AP gave copies of the controversial Climategate e-mails to three scientists and asked for their conclusions. "The wire service portrayed the trio of scientists as dismissing or minimizing allegations of scientific fraud when, in fact, the scientists believe no such thing," asserts the Washington Times.
"If AP refuses to explain how it could have given readers across the planet such a distorted view of Climategate, maybe an explanation can be found buried in the article itself," the editorial continues.
In an e-mail to the scientists, Seth Borenstein, lead author on the AP piece, "almost makes it appear as if Mr. Borenstein were asking those involved in Climategate to help him discredit critics of man-made global warming."
"East Anglia and Penn State are not the only two institutions that need to answer questions about what is going on behind the scenes."
See entire editorial: "Biased reporting on Climategate"
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