NYT : “All The Soviet Style Propaganda That We Can Print”

The NYT Puts the Hit On

The New York Times has an article today ostensibly about clouds but which is really an extended hit piece on Richard Lindzen, a professor at MIT, member of the US National Academy of Sciences and well known climate skeptic.

Below I have excerpted a laundry list of phrases in the article used to describe Lindzen:

  • Leading proponent of the view that clouds will save the day
  • Has drawn withering criticism
  • Errors in his papers
  • Proof is lacking
  • Obliged [politicians] by assuring them that they are running no risks by refusing to enact emissions limits
  • Contrarian scientist
  • Gone beyond any reasonable reading of the evidence to provide a dangerous alibi for inaction
  • Wrong science
  • [Not] intellectually honest at all
  • Contrarian scientist
  • Methods he had used to analyze data were flawed
  • His theory made assumptions that were inconsistent with known facts
  • Most mainstream researchers consider Dr. Lindzen’s theory discredited
  • He routinely misrepresents the work of other researchers
  • Dr. Lindzen offers little hint of how thin the published science supporting his position is
  • He makes what many colleagues see as an unwarranted leap of logic
  • Deeply unprofessional and irresponsible

This is “advocacy journalism” — it is not reporting, as there is absolutely no news in the piece.

Roger Pielke Jr.’s Blog: The NYT Puts the Hit On

 

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10 Responses to NYT : “All The Soviet Style Propaganda That We Can Print”

  1. Sundance says:

    Didn’t there used to be an old TV show called “Dopey Gillis” or something? I think the NYT editors are nostalgic for journalism that reminds them of old TV comedy. As the NYT gets funnier and funier in the nonsense they print about climate, I began using this handy digital laugh track sample. It realy works nicely with the NYT’s “Dopey Gillis” climate stuff. ;-)

    http://www.freesound.org/people/lonemonk/sounds/72842/

  2. Andy DC says:

    I personally do not know enough to comment on whether Lindzen’s scientific model is valid. I do know enough to conclude that the forecasts of accelerating warming, Arctic melting and sea level rise promoted by the “97% consensus” have totally failed to materialize. It is therefore high time to review contrary scientific points of view, rather than stay fixated on failed “consensus” science that is obviously flawed.

  3. John B., M.D. says:

    I wouldn’t go to the NYT to get my AGW info, or my medical info, or for that matter, my political info.

  4. John B., M.D. says:

    Two errors in the article are immediately apparent:

    Paragraph 1: “small group of scientific dissenters.” Self-explanatory.

    Paragraph 2: “polls say 97 percent of working climate scientists now see global warming as a serious risk.” Really? The author can’t even get his misinformation straight. I am aware of only one poll that had the number “97%” in it. Question #2 in this nonscientific poll from 2009 asked “Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?” Seventy-five of 77 (97.4%) of a nonrandomized cherry-picked sample answered “yes” to this poorly-written question. “Significant” and “human activity” are not defined. http://tigger.uic.edu/~pdoran/012009_Doran_final.pdf The question did not ask if global warming is a “serious risk.”

    I didn’t bother reading further.

  5. John B., M.D. says:

    Why do I get an email from WordPress to subscribe to every post I write a comment on. The old website wasn’t like this. Anything I can to to sign up once and be done with it?

    • Is there a check box below the comment box?

      • John B., M.D. says:

        Yes, I check the box “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.”

        The difference is, I have to “subscribe” through WordPress for each thread separately, which was not the case for your old website.

      • miked1947 says:

        John:
        I subscribed to WordPress and any time I am on a WordPress site it gives me a list of any one that replied to me.

      • miked1947 says:

        I actually get a wordpress task bar that has a Follow for each post.
        If I am at WUWT and someone replies to a comment here, it appears on the task bar.
        I do not even have to click the follow up box

  6. jimash1 says:

    Right, the guy from MIT is a crank but the dweeb from Penn State, he’s a genius !
    Sheesh cogdis anyone ?

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