Sun, 2006-10-29 17:25Richard Littlemore
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Journalism Wars: Ignorance is Bliss for Climate Deniers

DeSmog team has gone off to rub shoulders with (mostly) American reporters and editors, and the experience has offered an interesting view of the state of the climate conversation in the media.

In September, we attended the National Conference of Editorial Writers Annual convention in Pittsburgh, and we were greeted with a mix of tolerance and suspicion. It’s clear the editorial writers don’t want to be “spun” on this issue – and many were just as worried about us in that regard as they were about the Competitive Enterprise Institute or the Heartland Institute reps also in attendance.
Sun, 2006-10-29 17:22Richard Littlemore
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SEJ2006: Speaking Out Against Censorship

In a culminating plenary session at the Society of Environmental Journalists confernce in Burlington, Vt., over the weekend, some of the big guns came out to talk about censorship – and especially the degree to which the Bush administration has used post-9/11 fear-mongering to staunch the flow of information.

There was an interesting general commentary on this, led by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and there was a frightening climate-change specific commentary from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Climate Scientist and Director Jim Hansen.

Leahy, first, said bluntly that, “Every administration has reasons not to like (Freedom of Information). If you make a mistake it’s a lot nicer to hide it.”

But he added that in his 32-year Senate career, “I’ve been through six different administrations, and I have never seen any as secretive as this.”

Sat, 2006-10-28 08:36Ross Gelbspan
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Scientific Debate Gets Personal

At a climate conference, climate skeptic William Gray accused IPCC scientist Kevin Trenberth of “selling his soul to the devil.”  Trenberth, in turn, blasted Gray for aligning himself with industry-funded skeptics.  
Fri, 2006-10-27 20:48Kevin Grandia
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Hot off the Press: Inhofe's Mini-Me Morano burned by climate change reality

Here it is DeSmoggers, hot off the press: a live audio recording of the Friday night fight at the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference. On one hand: Senator Jim Inhofe's communications director, Marc Morano, and on the other, ABC News investigative reporter, Bill Blakemore, New York Times environment reporter, Andrew Revkin, and New York University journalism professor, Dan Fagin.

Grab it here. Listen it to it, download it, and send it to your friends and family. In other words, get it out. No spin here, just a nice, round denunciation of Morano, Inhofe and the junk science they find in the sand where their heads are thoroughly buried. 

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