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12/13/09

Associated Press Picks Climategate Author To Report On Climategate E-Mails

The very same Associated Press reporter who authored a denial of any fraud fakery in the 'stolen emails' is the author of one of those emails.

What could go wrong?

In that denial, the AP reporter made the incredible subjective claim: "the exchanges don't undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of man-made greenhouse gas emissions."

Wattsupwiththat found this email from the AP reporter dated July 23, 2009:

Kevin, Gavin, Mike,
It’s Seth again. Attached is a paper in JGR today that Marc Morano is hyping wildly. It’s in a legit journal. Whatchya think? Seth

Seth Borenstein
Associated Press Science Writer
[7]sborenstein@xxxxxxxxx.xxx
The Associated Press, 1100 13th St. NW, Suite 700,
Washington, DC
20005-4076
202-641-9454


This clearly violates the Associated Press core principles:

But always and in all media, we insist on the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior when we gather and deliver the news...

It means we avoid behavior or activities that create a conflict of interest and compromise our ability to report the news fairly and accurately, uninfluenced by any person or action...

However, AP employees must avoid behavior or activities – political, social or financial – that create a conflict of interest or compromise our ability to report the news fairly and accurately, uninfluenced by any person or action.

The Associated Press report fails to mention any specific arguments regarding Climategate, but simply tells us that scientists have reviewed the case and stamped it as not fraud. Who are these scientists? Besides using simple AP reporters (who were implicated in Climategate themselves), AP relied on the opinion of Mark Frankel.

AP introduces Frankel as “director of scientific freedom, responsibility and law” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. But it turns out he is a hard-core Warmist. (via deathby1000papercuts)

The other "moderate" climate scientists that Associated Press used to confirm the unconfirmable? Gabriel Vecch, who wrote Global Warming Weakens vast Pacific Climate System.
This important system has weakened by 3.5 percent over the last 140 years, and the culprit is probably human-induced global warming, scientists reported in the current edition of the journal Nature. “This is the impact of humans through burning coal, burning benzene, gasoline, everything,” said Gabriel Vecchi of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and an author of the study. “It’s principally the greenhouse gases from fossil-fuel burning.”


Next, Gerald North, who said:
Climatologist Gerald North of Texas A&M University in College Station, who does greenhouse detection work but has not been involved in the IPCC process, is more confident: “There are too many independent pieces of evidence, and there’s not a single piece of contradictory evidence,” he says. North is particularly impressed by the 1000-year temperature records. “The planet had been cooling slowly until 120 years ago, when, bam!, it jumps up,” he says. “We’ve been breaking our backs on [greenhouse] detection, but I found the 1000-year records more convincing than any of our detection studies” using climate models.


Finally, David Sarewitz, who is heavily invested financially in global warming:
Sarewitz is now hard at work trying to identify what institutions we need to drive that transformation in the coming decades. The ultimate goal is to make renewable energy about as cheap as fossil fuels. Otherwise, there’s little hope that the nations of the world will agree to tackle climate change.”


The Knowledge Czar remarked in an earlier comment: "What's funny is that right before they put out this article they had a different one up that said the emails were suspicious. Of course it had to be replaced..."

Now we know why. They just had to find the right people to spin it.

1 comment:

Russell Cook said...

Seth Borenstein remains to this day the AP's primary writer on global warming. He is also the same guy who said "There are libraries on climate change alone. To me they start and end with Ross Gelbspan's 'The Heat Is On.'" ( http://www.sejarchive.org/resource/index11.htm ) That tells you pretty much all you need to know about Borenstein's attitude toward skeptic climate scientists, if you know who Gelbspan is.

At my blog, GelbspanFiles.com , I detail how Gelbspan never won a Pulitzer despite widespread accolades to the contrary, and how he has NEVER provided proof to back up his now-widespread accusation that skeptic climate scientists are paid to lie about the issue by the fossil fuel industry.