ABC HEADLINE: "Scientists discover huge seabed methane leak", ABC News Online 5 March 2010.
ABC REPORTED: An uncredited article that reports:
Scientists have discovered the Arctic ocean seabed is leaking huge amounts of methane into the atmosphere.
The research published in the journal Science shows the permafrost under the East Siberian Arctic shelf, which was thought to be a barrier sealing methane, is perforated.Compare the ABC's report with this one by the New York Times Study Says Undersea Release of Methane Is Under Way http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/05/science/earth/05methane.html
Which news agency do you think fairly represents the findings: the ABC or NYT?
For comparison try this article from Science News http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/56937/title/Arctic_seafloor_a_big_source_of_methane
THE COMPLAINT: The ABC claims to be Australia's most trusted, independent source of news. Based on a comparison of these two reports apparently it cannot claim to provide the highest quality news service. Rather than the brief sketch provided which misrepresents the findings of the paper, can the ABC amend the article to provide a better representation if its contents, or perhaps provide the NYT article instead. Perhaps the reporter can start by reading the original paper. It can be found here:http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/327/5970/1246
COMMENT: Little difference between getting poor quality news and no news at all. Perhaps we don't need the ABC after all? I found the better report for free on the Internet.