A U.N. Scandal Breeds a Media Scandal


It’s scandalous enough that Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, waited two months – and after the Copenhagen summit – to announce the news that claims about Himalayan glaciers melting by 2035 were wrong. This Nobel Peace Prize winner learned about the error in November, but didn’t report it until January.

But you know what else is scandalous? That leading science websites (ones I haved turned to for science news), which always report on global warming, as of this writing haven’t even reported on this latest news about Rajendra Pachauri. I’m talking about Science Daily and and LiveScience. And based on a search, Science Daily never even ran a story about the false claims about the Himalayan glaciers at all! LiveScience ran a small story on it, but never got to the juicy details, such as the fact that the IPCC’s false claim derived from a news reporter’s short interview with a little-known Indian scientist.

A Science Daily archive search comes up with all kinds of news stories about Rajendra Pachauri, touting that he’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner. They even have news about Taylor Swift and Beyonce making Grammy history. But nothing at all about the latest unflattering news about Pachauri.

Even more scandalous is that Science Daily doesn’t even have any stories about Climategate! LiveScience just has one story on it.

Perhaps its own publication explains this survey finding as reported in LiveScience: that Republicans are better informed about current events than Democrats. Well duh – one reason is because Democrats aren’t informed about major news stories in the publications they read, especially news stories that are embarrassing to the left.

New Rule for E-mail

There’s a rule of thumb that says, “Never write anything in an e-mail that you wouldn’t want to show up on the front page of the New York Times.”

Well that’s obsolete. It should now be, “Never write anything in an e-mail that you wouldn’t want to show up on the Drudge Report.”

In other words, when they have their hands on a juicy news story, there’s a good chance that the New York Times and other organs of the “mainstream media” won’t run with it or feature it prominently – if that news story is embarrassing to their ideological agenda.

Case in point: Climategate. The treasure trove of embarrassing e-mails hasn’t yet landed on the New York Times’ front page. Instead it’s been buried in its environment or science section.

And as of this writing – 12 days after the story broke – the main TV networks ABC, CBS and NBC apparently still haven’t uttered a peep about Climategate, one of the biggest science and public policy scandals in history.

So writers of juicy e-mails from a left-of-center perspective had better beware: you’re not safe anymore. Though the “mainstream media” may let you off the hook as they’ve done in the past, the “new media” won’t.