Sunday, December 6, 2009

RealClimate: Who you gonna call?

December 5th, 2009
The problem of ‘false balance’ in reporting — the distortions that can result from trying give equal time to the two perceived sides of an issue — is well known. In an excellent editorial a few years ago, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called for a greater emphasis on truth, rather than ‘balance’. Unfortunately, this basic element of careful journalism seems to have been cast aside, especially in recent weeks.
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  1. I posted a comment at realclimate under this issue.

    I didn't copy the comment, sorry, but the gist was this:

    "If both feel the peer review process is biased against them, it must be working rather well."

    This has always been a stupid argument and a trivially stupid argument. You can and should do better than this, and in fact, you should be ashamed you used this argument.

    I dunno, maybe he was joking, but it's hard to read his rants about newspaper balance and then read him writing that if someone offends everyone, that someone is probably right.

    On the other hand, using firefox, I find I can't cut and paste or use my arrow keys in your comment box, so whether it's your fault or not.... Foo!

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