Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rosegate: Lazy journalism or creative edits?

Middle-schoolers, unite!!!
I've never met David Rose of the U.K.'s Daily Mail. And, while his past reporting on climate issues has tended to misrepresent the science of the day, it is entirely possible his editors are to blame for the fictionalization of his latest story. So I won't point fingers at this juncture. Regardless, the affair is an ominous reminder of how easily an idea can migrate across the world in a matter of hours even though anyone with a middle-school education could spot the flaw within a few seconds.
The main problem with both the lead (or lede for those who prefer jargon) is that there is nothing in the rest of the story to substantiate.... All you have to do is keep reading to know that there's something fishy with Rose's story. Daily Mail invents a climate conspiracy
So, who's to blame? Lazy science reporters or creative editors?

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