Rather than behaving responsibly during a moment of crisis, the New York Times printed inflammatory, unconfirmed gossip. It fanned fear & fed hysteria.
Watching journalists closely. Calling a spade a spade.
Travelers to China are now subject to anal penetration by the authorities.
Democracy is not served by censorship, malice, derision, and denunciation.
What colour dinner plate do you want your bread and water on?
Chemist William Moomaw has never won a Nobel Prize. But advertisements for his speaking engagements say otherwise.
Let us be adults. Let us be honest. At this stage, no one knows what will happen when COVID vaccines are given to millions of people.
Governments are shielding vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits.
Canada’s national broadcaster is careful not to prejudge French priest’s attacker, but denounces Halloween display as racist.
Media stories about Norway winters & positive thinking lack proper skepticism.
Poll sponsors say climate attitudes have been ‘remarkably consistent’ over two decades.
How a safe, well-understood malaria drug was demonized as a COVID-19 treatment. Because a politician said good things about it.
New York Times journalists want news stories vetted prior to publication. They want mandatory & ongoing newsroom sensitivity training. The Gray Lady is now a place where journalists fear each other.
After implying for months that China followed international rules, the World Health Organization backtracks.
A preposterous climate yarn has taken center stage.
State hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus.
Green lobby group invites public to endorse green fantasies.
Rather than quarantining travelers, our leaders chose a course of action that led to entire countries being locked down.
In the interim, I recommend this brilliant essay on what the coronavirus has taught us.
Journalists spent years falsely calling the IPCC chairman a Nobel laureate and the world’s ‘top climate scientist.’
Documentary films educate. They also misinform and manipulate.
Do we want to live in a world in which medical journals are afraid to publish certain conclusions?
Anti-meat experts ask external bodies to suppress rival research.
Journalists abandon professionalism, repudiate free speech.
Official editorial in Canadian newspaper calls for climate skeptics to be silenced.
Vast majority don’t mention climate when asked about important problems.
The UN said we were at a tipping point in 2007. And in 2009. In a single decade, the media talked about climate tipping points 14,000 times.
Scientists have been making fools of themselves for some time. Yet they seem to pay no price.
Nature videos from National Geographic, Netflix, and the BBC can’t be trusted.
If we’ve heard only one side of a debate, we can’t claim to be fully informed.
Forget the shallow, conformist media narrative. There’s plenty of sound, perceptive analysis.
Peer-reviewed science is contradicted by the real world.
Ecology professor’s political opinions published repeatedly in scientific journals.
Most of the Alliance of World Scientists 23,000 members DID NOT sign the climate emergency petition. But professional journalists didn’t notice.
Scientific research, published in influential places, can change the world. For ill as well as for good.
Refuse to talk to the reporter. Afterward, accuse her of ‘multiple factual inaccuracies.’ Isn’t academia grand?
It’s absurd to say scientists are only now speaking up. Reuters publishes egregious climate propaganda.
Germany has spent a ton of money. The result? Its previously robust electricity grid is now broken.
We teach children that a summary should accurately reflect a longer document. But things are topsy-turvy in the land of the IPCC.
There is no crisis. But there’s lots of melodrama, double standards, and cherry picking.
Media outlets are supposed to be more reliable than your brother-in-law, but that seems less true every day.
The media fosters intellectual conformity. Is Google taking the same path?
Google pampers the already pampered at $20 million climate extravaganza.
Dutch journalist maligned by TED head office.
The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice. So do we.
When scientific journals decline to address their own fake news.
Justice Committee cleanses the record – not of hate, but of awkward ideas.
A counterbalance to mindless cheerleading.
Rabid dog climate enforcers will destroy you without conscience or regret.
You will be encouraged to believe things about weather-related deaths that are the opposite of the truth.
Humour is healthy.
When a journalist thinks for herself about climate change, insults & fabrications follow.
Anonymous allegations are republished by an allegedly respectable website.
Don’t you listen to the street preacher. He ain’t nothing but a false teacher.
A powerful bureaucracy bullies, berates, isolates & intimidates a lone critic.
James Cook University took 28 separate actions against Professor Ridd. Each of them, including his termination, has been declared unlawful.
Reputable media outlets routinely mislead the public when reporting the latest scientific discoveries.
If I’ve helped you better understand the climate debate, the IPCC, the shortcomings of academic research, or that Borg-like entity known as the United Nations, please let me know.
It’s April Fools’, but this is no hoax. Report commits the sin it condemns.
News organizations have turned their own journalists into WWF cheerleaders.
A year-long BuzzFeed investigation accuses the WWF of horrific human rights abuses.
Journalists who specialize in the UN are rare; George Russell’s retirement is unhappy news.
An obscure UN body established to rebuild WW2 Europe, is now determining international automobile brake standards.
Economic migrants are distinct from refugees running for their lives. But the two are increasingly blurred.
Vilifying climate heretics remains socially acceptable.
Which parts of this agreement do our governments intend to implement? Which parts do they repudiate?
If a journal’s decision can make or break your career, its employees wield extraordinary power.
Yellow vests imposed on motorists become powerful anti-government symbol.
Attempting to understand why people vote the way they do is more useful than sneering at half a country’s population.
On what planet is it OK for politically-determined definitions to supersede those written by actual scientists?
The latest IPCC report was a setup – a cynical ploy to produce alarmist media headlines that succeeded beautifully.
November 2000 and December 2009 were both supposed to be our last, best chance to save the planet from climate disaster. This week, the media is once again spreading this message.
Hundreds of women insist the current US Supreme Court nominee is tremendously supportive of female equality. Why doesn’t every news story offer us a chance to believe them?
Last week, in a sickening spectacle, grownups behaved as though a vague, wholly unproven story involving teenagers 30+ years ago is relevant to whether a candidate is fit to be a US Supreme Court judge.
The most smug, most self-indulgent, least curious journalists in history.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is essentially a law unto itself, an entrenched culture with no meaningful oversight mechanisms.
The BBC is a huge bureaucracy. The geniuses running it have declared another bureaucracy – the UN’s IPCC – a font of scientific truth. How pathetic.
A US government report about school shootings is riddled with errors.
How should women dress in public given the religious views of some immigrants? Jimmie Åkesson says men ‘who feel they can’t control themselves’ are welcome to wear blindfolds.
As a historic number of people were applying for asylum last year, journalists insisted nothing unusual was going on.
The Swedish political party that has been shouting itself hoarse about anti-Semitism is the one journalists keep describing as neo-Nazi.
Every time the media mentions the Sweden Democrats, we’re reminded of sins decades in the past. But there’s no parallel, incessant reminder of the Green Party’s documented links to the Nazis.
Sweden’s population: 10 million. France and UK total population: 133 million. Sweden has accepted more asylum seekers than France and UK combined.
Journalists can’t seem to help themselves. Every blessed thing gets twisted.
There’s a world of difference between denouncing media bias and sending in the military to close television stations.
When Donald Trump rails against fake news he speaks for millions of people who are tired of being silenced and smeared.
The covers of news magazines such as Time and The Economist used to tell the truth.
Iconic magazine admits it published fake news. Makes no promise not to do it again.
Journalists declaring something to be the case before it has actually happened is outrageous and unethical.
Powerful people construct amazingly inaccurate narratives about their own lives.
The media’s climate frenzy was sparked by a scientist who’s research was still unpublished.
A gang of 14 scientists attack a lone scientist in an academic journal. Erica Goode justifies & amplifies the assault in the Times.
No thinking person should hold strong climate opinions unless they’ve carefully considered a range of viewpoints.
Freedom of the press died in Sweden 25 years ago.
Journalists think their job is to shame ordinary people into silence lest they say something politically incorrect about the scale and pace of European immigration.
After the high-carbohydrate Food Pyramid was introduced, diabetes shot through the roof.
Politicians will pass laws – and regulators will issue bans – long before there’s strong evidence of harm.
Some news outlets still haven’t reported on the 3-year-old sexual harassment allegations against prominent climate official, Rajendra Pachauri.
The claim that human activity is triggering a climate apocalypse is based on expert opinion and best estimates.
Insisting that ‘climate change is real’ is like insisting that blood is red.
This blog is adopting a new format. Posts will appear every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Climate science and medical science have things in common. Including suspect behaviour on the part of the United Nations.
A headline on a news story falsely claims that ‘9 countries outspend the US on science.’ In fact, America spends more than all nine combined.
I’m aware of two occasions in which the Science Guy has misled the public. But the New York Times says he’s saving us from misinformation.
Australia’s chief scientist falls for a fake news story, compares President Trump to Joseph Stalin.
How does encouraging scientists to criticize government policy enhance scientific integrity?
After promising the most transparent government in history, President Obama sharply curtailed press access, aggressively prosecuted leaks, and spied on journalists.
In the dying days of 2016, three serious wind turbine malfunctions occurred in a small corner of Europe.
We humans consistently miss the big picture. The world is improving dramatically, but our brains are addicted to worry and fear.
The fairy tale about Nobel laureate climate experts demonstrates that just because you hear it on the BBC or read it in The New York Times doesn’t mean it’s true.
A shining beacon of how to lead by example, I am fortunate to have crossed paths with him.
Why did Kumi Naidoo leave Greenpeace’s top job before a replacement was found? The Guardian prints clichés and asks no hard questions.
A US Senate committee hears that climate science is so intolerant and close-minded, the integrity and reputation of science itself is threatened.
The Paris climate summit is many things, including a cultural spectacle wrapped in lightweight media fluff.
The Paris climate summit is a gigantic photo op – where ineffectual political leaders will pretend to be environmental superheroes.
(includes details of my Dec. 2 talk in Paris)
French weatherman Philippe Verdier is a free speech hero, a heretic whose livelihood has been stolen by the intolerant Church of Climate Change.
A polar explorer is falsely described as a climate scientist in a news story; his activist connections aren’t reported.
Government official urges television weather presenters to use loaded language to help the climate cause. When one writes a critical book instead, he’s suspended from his job at a government-owned station.
The new IPCC chairman is an economist who, ironically, began his career with oil giant Exxon.
For 15 years, we’ve been scolded and cajoled. As the December climate summit approaches, global warming rhetoric has grown seriously threadbare.
It is not the business of today’s politicians to decide which energy sources will be used 85 years from now.
The disgraced former head of the UN smears skeptics while ignoring the dubious motivations of green opportunists.
A Belgian activist scientist seeking leadership of the UN climate panel flies to Pakistan – and is fawned over by the media.
The Guardian newspaper once again wrongly calls Rajendra Pachauri a Nobel laureate. For good measure, it publishes a photo of him looking pious – while neglecting to mention the serious sexual offenses for which he is being investigated.
A UN official delivers a speech. An account of that speech is written up to look like a news story. It gets published on a website funded by the UN. Casual readers are unlikely to appreciate that this is 100% spin.
The climate scare rests on predictions produced by mathematical modeling. Freeman Dyson, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, says prediction isn’t what those models do – and that the climate conversation is ignoring important facts.
The Indian media is examining the wider implications of Rajendra Pachauri’s resignation while Western journalists pretend not to see the sex scandal.
TERI women have summoned the courage to speak up about the nature of their workplace. Will TERI’s men step forward and do their part?
In his home country, the former chairman of the IPCC is being called ‘Dr. Lecherous.’ A female journalist says she was ‘repulsed’ by the vain, pompous Pachauri she once met in person.
Unlike most journalists, Matt Ridley has done PhD-level work in the sciences. He has served as science editor for the Economist. One would think his views on the climate debate deserve a fair hearing. Instead, he is pilloried by climate extremists.
The amount by which the global temperature record has allegedly been broken is minuscule. Two one-hundredths of one degree isn’t what the public imagines when reporters talk about surging temperatures.
The climate crisis is the latest in a long line of predictions about how bad things are going to be in the future. Let’s remember that while scary headlines sell newspapers, journalists have a terrible track record.
Recent articles about the Middle East and climate change published in The Lancet and the British Medical Journal demonstrate that even medicine is being contaminated by politics. This is dangerous and unprofessional.
The BBC – one of the world’s most venerable news brands – has substantially altered the direction and meaning of a news story without advising its audience that it has done so. This is straight out of Orwell’s 1984.
We’re told that fewer butterflies is something to be alarmed about – and to blame humanity for. But change is normal and natural.
Why are we not one-tenth as concerned about real children dying needlessly right now as we are about hypothetical future climate change?
Asking a group of climate scientists to comment on policy measures (as opposed to scientific questions) leads to some disturbing answers.
Help annotate the new IPCC report so that it’s more user friendly – and more informative about its authors and source material.
The New York Times publishes pablum about the IPCC.
Greenpeace isn’t anti-establishment anymore. Now it’s just another arm of the authoritarian, UN green machine.
In Berlin this week, environmental activists were allowed to attend a four-day meeting that journalists were denied access to. This is normal IPCC procedure.
The UN’s climate panel claims to be a ‘scientific body.’ But it’s actually in the business of writing reports that rely on thousands of judgment calls. It’s time to stop pretending that fallible human judgment is ‘science.’
A bona fide climate scientist tells US Senators we have no idea whether human-caused global warming will be a serious problem. The media doesn’t report it.
The distress call, the icebreakers, and the other scientific research.
The editors of Foreign Policy magazine inhabit a fairy tale world of planet-saving superheroes and wicked climate deniers.
If the public is to be represented at climate negotiations by someone other than their own government, it has a right to elect and dismiss those representatives.
Activist media events are a shockingly institutionalized part of UN climate negotiations.
My work is being discussed in prominent newspapers and magazines – in Germany as well as the US.
The New York Times reports on the IPCC leak I publicized yesterday.
What do Greenpeace and the Natural History Museum have in common? They both employ people with impaired reading comprehension skills.