Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Update: Omission is the most powerful form of a lie

Looking over ABC's missing news stories we are reminded of what George Orwell said..."Omission is the most powerful form of a lie"

Earlier this month we noticed ABC failed to provide any news coverage of a peer reviewed study by Spencer and Braswell published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. The study (titled "On the Diagnosis of Radiative Feedback in the Presence of Unknown Radiative Forcing") suggests the IPCC have significantly over estimated climate sensitivity to increases in carbon dioxide and, if correct, it would indicate an end to the current alarm over man made global warming so heavily promoted by the ABC. Seems like important news? It did to us.

However in reply to our complaint  (provided below) ABC's news editors apparently didn't feel this story worth their time, instead on the day Dr Spencer's paper was accepted by the Journal of Geophysical Research ABC felt that the following stories were more worthwhile:

Taiwan's Susan Boyle voted off talent show

These "newsworthy" stories brought to you with the aid of your tax dollars by ABC News editorial managers, based on their "considerable editorial experience". A taste perhaps of the sort of stories ABC's 24 hour news service will run for 24 hours a day. Sad thing is that ABC had the scoop some 12 months ago in an interview conducted with Roy Spencer that was left on the drawing board, all that editorial experience and not one news hound to be found.

Received 24 May 2010
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As previously advised, Section 5.2.2(d) of the ABC Editorial Policies states that editorial judgements are based on news values.   What is, or is not, considered newsworthy is a decision made at the discretion of ABC News editorial managers, based on their considerable editorial experience and the news agenda of the day.  ABC News editorial managers will continue to assess stories on climate science on their merits.
You may be interested in this recent interview with Dr Roy Spencer:
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Audience and Consumer Affairs

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