Environmentalist Edit-Whores Strike Again

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on May 6, 2009

in Blog

Those of us who post to this blog and others in the global warming debunkification (okay, I made that word up) movement are used to being ignored — or (usually) politely being humored first, and then ignored — but this experience from last week I thought was worth noting in the blogosphere.

Last week the Heartland folks referred a reporter to me from a Midwestern weekly newspaper, who had some questions about a greenhouse gas inventory her county was compiling and where she could expect public policy to go next. I had no idea where her sentiments were on the issue, but I gave her straight feedback based upon examples I’d seen elsewhere. What she did with it after that was up to her, and I did not care much either way what she did, given my past experience with environmentalist journalists.

Turns out she sought to do a balanced article, but her editor would have none of it. I usually like to name names with things like this, but I assume the reporter wants to keep her job so I will refrain. This is what she emailed me:

Thank you so much for your responses. I did a story, but my editor removed all references to debate about climate change, global warming or whatever they are calling it now. He didn’t tell me, which is unusual when removing such a huge chunk of  a story, but I just discovered it today after it didn’t appear in our print edition.

It is online, but is not as I wrote it. I’m so sorry. I will still try to get both sides of all issues out. That’s all I can do. Thank you, and again, I apologize.

Don May 7, 2009 at 3:08 am


What's the name of the paper? Happy to contact them to find out what's going on.


Don Bosch


Bob R Geologist, Tuc May 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Nothing surprises me where criticism of Global Warming is concerned. Most newspapers cling like glue to the conventional view that man is responsible. This is the myth that our Greens would like to convey. Real science is clear on the point that carbon dioxide is only a minor player in the equation. In the final analysis, it is an active sun, with numerous sunspots, that determines the degree of global warming. This tendency to avoid the real science is tending to make newspapers ever less relevant in todays world.

Allan S Geologist May 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I agree with Bob R. It is criminal that the IPCC and alarmists will not debate the subject with skeptics. This should be a top priority for President Obama unless he wants to go down in history as a failed president who squandered trillions of taxpayers money for an Environmental gravy train.

Timothy S May 9, 2009 at 2:07 am

Although I'm no expert I have kept an open mind on global warming. I find that so much is being left out of the equation when it comes to global warming. Those scientists that tout man is largely responsible are to lazy to seek the real answers are perpetrating a great fraud just so they can gather more tax payer money for their pockets.

They dont include things like the sun's activity, the wobbling and changing of the poles, the effect of the moon moving away from earth, the amount of methane being released from the bottom of the oceans and I'm sure there are other things that are contributing to the global warming.

Let there be no doubt that we are heading for a global warming. But how much time are we going to argue who is responsible when we should be coming up with real solutions.

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