07 Jul '11, 11am

Unfair and balanced: Is U.S. reporting too soft on climate skeptics?

Unfair and balanced: Is U.S. reporting too soft on climate skeptics?

Cross-posted from Midwest Energy News . When it comes to reporting on climate change, European media are from hothouse Venus, and their American counterparts are from considerably more frigid Mars. The divide between them may be having a profound impact on climate and energy policy in both parts of the world. European journalists accuse their American counterparts of maintaining a false balance in their reporting, pretending climate science is still in doubt, and offering politicians cover for inaction. But while that may have been true just a few years ago, it is changing now, say American editors. For Peter Vandermeersch, editor-in-chief at the traditionally conservative daily NRC Handelsblad in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, there is no debate about climate change. "Absolutely, that's a given," he said. "The conviction has grown that climate change does exist, and that hum...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-skeptics/2011-07-07-unfair-a...

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