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Satter and Eilperin failure to demonstrate learning

November 22nd, 2011 · 11 Comments

When delivered, on a silver platter, an opportunity to demonstrate learning and fulfill the Fourth Estate’s essential role of fostering a more informed public, Associate Press reporter Raphael Satter and Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin trip over themselves in a rush to press and disseminate deceptive truthiness rather than engage in truthful reporting. Satter seems […]

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“ClimateGate” redux: An opportunity to show learning …

November 22nd, 2011 · 4 Comments

There is a term out there in common use: lessons learned.  The term, in fact, is fundamentally flawed: we should speak in terms of “lessons identified” (pdf).   Years ago, a British Army general explained to me that the United Kingdom (U.K.) has a “lessons identified” rather than “lessons learned” program. “We identify lessons, only […]

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A voice of sanity silenced …

February 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on A voice of sanity silenced …

A (sometimes too) calm of voice of sanity has been silenced before his time. Martin Bosworth has passed away, a victim in the nation’s health care wars, the perfect patient for the health care system: he worked mightedly to keep himself healthy and away from doctors’ offices, a strategy that worked well when he was […]

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Tags: climate delayers · climate legislation · Energy · Global Warming · global warming deniers

“How can you tell the difference?”

December 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on “How can you tell the difference?”

In a post discussing’s take on ClimateGate, Little Green Footballs begins: takes an in-depth look at “Climategate,” and notices something: there’s no “there” there. No conspiracies, no cover-ups, no fakery. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. After extensively quoting FactCheck re ClimateGate/Swifthack, the post concludes: here’s a pop quiz for LGF readers — who said […]

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Tags: Global Warming · global warming deniers

Somewhere Between Falsehoods and Science, Fred Hiatt finds truth?

December 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Within journalism, there is a real challenge. Are there, truly, two sides to every issue? Should all voices be treated equally? Do journalists have a responsibility to assess statements for truthfulness or is the job simply to be a transcriber and “reporter” of whatever is told to them? How can one be “objective”, be “honest”, […]

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Tags: Global Warming · global warming deniers · journalism · Washington Post

If flat earthers had unlimited funds, would we fly around the globe?

December 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

If the people that believed the moon landing was staged on a movie lot had access to unlimited money from large carbon polluters or some other special interest who wanted to confuse people into thinking that the moon landing didn’t take place, I’m sure we’d have a robust debate about it right now. This is […]

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Tags: Al Gore · climate change · climate delayers · environmental · Global Warming · global warming deniers · politics

Fred Hiatt jumps the shark in dragging Washington Post into the sewers: Publishes Sarah Palin OPED contradicted by links within the OPED

December 8th, 2009 · 15 Comments

As someone weaned on the Watergate-era Washington Post, The Washington Post opinion section has  been abysmal in its ‘faux and balanced’ nature in recent years. And, it is sinking to a new low in its fostering of a ClimateGate era. Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt’s utter disdain for truthful discourse has been evidenced not […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · energy efficiency · George Will · Global Warming · global warming deniers · government energy policy · journalism · truthiness · Washington Post

Distorting David Frum weighs in on ClimateGATE/Swifthack

December 7th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Linked from’s home page, David Frm weighs in with a disingenuous discussion of ClimateGATE (SwiftHack) with The Distorted Global Warming Debate that is a combination of truthful insight and distorting truthiness. Frum’s argument that the United States (and, well, likely elsewhere) is descending into self-ghettoization intellectually, with people seeking ‘facts’ that support their beliefs […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · environmental · Global Warming · global warming deniers · journalism · republican party · skeptic · truthiness

The Times joins the Truthiness choir when it comes to ClimateGATE

December 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Times joins the Truthiness choir when it comes to ClimateGATE

The Times of London had a blockbuster of an item in its reporting of ClimateGate: The Met Office plans to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by leaked e-mails. This is serious, isn’t it? One of the key government institutions, […]

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Tags: climate change · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · truthiness

Things fall apart as we slouch toward Copenhagen

December 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Over recent months, R L Miller has increasingly impressed me with thoughtful, informed, insightful, and passionate writing. This guest post, on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit, is visually and intellectually a piece of beauty and pain. Turning and turning in the widening gyre the spin machine twirls and curls: E-Mail Fracas Shows Peril […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · Global Warming · global warming deniers