PROPAGANDA TUNES…

Regular readers of Biased BBC may recall that I have previously revealed that BBC environmental ‘journalist’ Peter Thomson is also a political activist in that he is secretary of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), an organisation which, while masquerading as ‘objective’ on climate change, is actually a world leader in warmist propaganda. American Thinker, the influential US blog that the BBC doesn’t mention because it’s right-wing, has been doing some digging in this area, and it makes fascinating reading. Writer Russell Cook has found that the excuses for not putting on air so-called climate sceptics sound eerily similar among news organisations, and for this, he blames the efforts of the SEJ. The BBC also trots out similar wording when it is challenged on the topic – for example, Today editor Ceri Thomas.

Mr Cook. also notes that of 212 items about climate change/global warming since 1995 on PBS (for which Mr Thomson also partly works, because the relevant BBC US initiaitive is jointly with PBS) only three (yes 3) contained material from sceptics. I haven’t done the precise equivalent sums for the BBC in the UK , but my bet is that on this front too, they are in tune with the SEJ-inpsired PBS agenda.

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11 Responses to PROPAGANDA TUNES…

  1. John Horne Tooke says:

    Has one of your posts been deleted Robin? Can’t seem to find “Mexican Wave 2″

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  2. Martin says:

    Nice post, I really wish that stuff like this would get picked up by the bone idle useless dead tree press.

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    • Umbongo says:

      Martin

      If you dressed it all up as a press release from Greenpeace and forwarded it to Louise Gray* at the Telegraph under a heading something like “150 climate scientists prove that the Pacific is nearing boiling point” I wouldn’t be surprised if it went straight into the Telegraph without a comma being changed.

      *The Queen of the Press Release

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  3. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Good post, Robin.

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  4. John Horne Tooke says:

    Here is Camerons new climate voice for the world.

    http://twitter.com/2degreelimit

    “Climate Charlotte” seems to be on par with the BBCs climate experts. (

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  5. Russell Cook says:

    Many thanks for picking up my article across the pond. You might note that I mention the UK’s (correct me if I am mistaken) Andrew Rowell in a link embedded in the article, which takes readers to my 7/6 American Thinker article titled “Smearing Global Warming Skeptics”  http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/07/smearing_global_warming_skepti.html

    I found Rowell cited documents supposedly damaging to skeptic scientists that our good friend Al Gore says were ‘discovered’ by an ex-reporter for the American newspaper The Boston Globe, and author of two anti-skeptic books, Ross Gelbspan. The mystery remains for me, where did Rowell get the documents, and why did he not show them in their full (and otherwise non-damaging) context like so many others? And of course, why does Gelbspan not credit Rowell for the discovery of those so-called damaging documents, since Rowell’s book predates Gelbspan’s first book?

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  6. Grant says:

    Russell,
    Great to see you posting here. Robin Horbury posts often about climate change, so hope you are able to drop in more often.

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  7. Russell Cook says:

    Grant,

    Thanks for the welcome! I should note for the record that I am not a ‘staff writer’ for the American Thinker, but am nothing more than a common citizen who’s been blessed with the opportunity to contribute to A.T.  I had been already corresponding by email with atmospheric physist Dr S Fred Singer, but my first A.T. blog piece “Global Warming and local politics”  http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/11/post_135.html  opened the door to correspondence with many more skeptics including Lord Monckton. In that blog and the one cited in my 7/29 article, “The lack of climate skeptics on PBS’s ‘Newshour’ ”  http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/12/the_lack_of_climate_skeptics_o.html  I simply do what any common citizen can do when presented with unresolved contradictory news information:  question authority. Such an ironic phrase these days, since some of the people currently in power embraced it wholeheartedly back in the 1970s, but now seem to add a caveat to it, “Question Authority, except our own.”

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  8. Russell Cook says:

    Oops, there’s some glitch to the links above. They work when I backspace once after the “html” in the url……

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  9. Rupert Wyndham says:

    Umbongo 
    Martin 
     
    If you dressed it all up as a press release from Greenpeace and forwarded it to Louise Gray* at the Telegraph under a heading something like “150 climate scientists prove that the Pacific is nearing boiling point” I wouldn’t be surprised if it went straight into the Telegraph without a comma being changed. 
     
    *The Queen of the Press Release

    A great site, to which my attention has only just been drawn. But Martin, however daft may be Ms. Gray or Mr. Lean, do not be too dismissive about The Daily/Sunday Telegraph. Uniquely in the British media, it is these two newspapers which have for years consistently included an element of balance in their AGW coverage – qv Booker and Delingpole.

    Be grateful and give praise where praise is due.

    RW

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