24 Feb '12, 3pm

A @realclimate critique of the latest "Concerned Scientists" riff on warming in the WSJ:

For the “Science and the Media” column at Physics Today online, I’ve long followed the WSJ opinion page concerning climate science. FWIW, I think we’re now seeing a special election-year escalation of the WSJ’s hostility to the climate consensus. Six years ago, in the often-cited posting called “The false objectivity of ‘balance’,” (http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2005/11/the-false-objectivity-of-balance/ ) RC declared that granting “a handful of ‘contrarian’ climate scientists … equal time or space in public discourse on climate change out of a sense of need for journalistic ‘balance’ is as indefensible as, say, granting the Flat Earth Society an equal say with NASA in the design of a new space satellite.” Many in journalism buy that principle. James Fallows, for example, has recently been citing a version of it. (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/...

Full article: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2012/02/bic...

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