Helen Czerski on “balanced” climate change coverage

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Twitter can be a rather tiresome place, and it can also make previously interesting people tiresome. The desire for uninformed outrage is an unwelcome one.

There was another example of this this week, when a climate scientist (un-named) was complaining about a supposedly biased BBC documentary (un-watched by him).

In the middle of this argument came a tweet from Helen Czerski – a participant in the documentary – which is worth noting.

There you go, a simple statement of what a balanced media report on the science of climate change would actually require: no climate change “skeptics”.

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6 thoughts on “Helen Czerski on “balanced” climate change coverage

    johnrussell40 said:
    March 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Oh come on, Robert. Helen’s careful placement of those inverted commas round the word “skeptic” are critical. They mean people who proclaim themselves to be sceptics but are actually in no way sceptical, and who are usually lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry. We all know the people she’s referring to, who for a long time have been the BBC’s ‘go-to’ voices for ‘false balance’; such as Lilley, Lawson & Co from the GWPF.

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      Robert Wilson said:
      March 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      God, you really are being daft here, John. I am bloody saying I agree with Czerski. And now you are on Twitter telling her I’m having a pop at her. Please think before misrepresenting me.

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    Shub Niggurath said:
    March 28, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Is this “Russell”? “Russell”s are people who proclaim themselves to be Russells but are actually in no way Russells. We all know who these people are.

    On a more serious note, why would you buy into this sort of denigrating coded language, Robert? Every group of people has to carry some name or shorthand. Why betray such hatred and aversion by refusing to employ words that are in common usage?

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      Robert Wilson said:
      March 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Well, there is a rich and admirable intellectual tradition that goes by the name of skepticism. Skepticism has many admirable qualities, none of them are exhibited by climate change “skeptics”. All you people seem to achieve is to turn what ought to be an admirable trait, skepticism, into one worthy of scorn.

      Hence, my aversion to employing the word skeptic to refer to the deniers of reality.

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    johnrussell40 said:
    March 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Sorry Robert, I got the wrong end of the stick. My apologies. And to Helen if she reads this.

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