|Good Mourning from the BBC|
|Written by Ann McElhinney & Phelim McAleer|
|Tuesday, 12 May 2009 10:35|
The UK Guardian mournfully reports that the BBC is making two environmental journalists redundant.
"The science and environment beat is a massive growth area and the reporting team are pre-eminent so many there are puzzled to say the very least about it," said a BBC source.
"It needs expertise for these stories, a lot of preparation needs to be put in, and to lose two reporters in one go is madness."
Really. Environmental stories need a lot of expertise and preparation. Actually they don’t. Environmental journalists are the nodding dogs of journalism. It does not take a vast cadre of specialists to ask Greenpeace or WWF representatives to come on to their shows and nod as they warn of the forthcoming apocalypse.
It takes decent journalists to ask for science not emotion. It takes decent journalists to ask why we should believe you now when all your other warnings of apocalypse have proved so laughably wrong. (Remember we were going to run out of most commodities in the 80s and that the US was going to be non-existent by the year 2000.)
It takes decent journalists to ask these Global Warming alarmists why we should believe them since they have now changed the science and are warning of “climate change”.
It takes decent journalists to seek out one of the hundreds of scientists who have scientific difficulty with the Global Warming theory.
There is always a problem with beat reporters that they sometimes become too close and become advocates for the concensus. Many crime reporters become little more than official police mouthpieces. Many political reporters slavishly follow the government line.
But even in these specialities there are always those who don’t accept the official line and annoy and question their way to the truth.
These truth seekers do not seem to exist in the environmental beat instead we have nodding dogs whose idea of journalism is to allow environmentalists to issue unchallenged and pseudofactual ideology disguised as science.
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