The Alchemy of Science-Abusers: Turning Black Into Gray

Science-abusers on the extremist side of the political spectrum too often play upon journalists’ reverence for getting both sides of a story – even when two sides don’t exist.

Such a case occurred recently when the Reuters news agency flatly declared in a story about the cause of global warming that while most scientists believe human activity is the cause, “That does not mean there is a consensus.”

Yes, there is a consensus, and even corporate polluters and the Bush Administration agree.

An entire book, “The Republican War On Science” was devoted to this topic, and the current New Republic (Jan. 29) has an illuminating article on how evidence-deniers – in this case economic ideologues – never come up with better evidence but instead try to make black seem gray. (The article is subscription-only; feel free to e-mail cfah@cfah.org for an individual copy.)

Thank to the Knight Science Journalism Tracker for revealing this latest example.

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