Damn! It’s too bad we’d only been publishing for a month last year, because we obviously weren’t even considered worthy contenders for the first annual Christopher Booker prize. If you haven’t heard, George Monbiot, who writes a blog at the Guardian, just awarded the 2009 prize to John Tomlinson, “the Michigan Mauler,” for his supposed vast lies about climate change. The criteria was to give the prize “to whoever in my opinion and assisted by climate scientists and specialists manages, in the course of 2009, to cram as many misrepresentations, distortions and falsehoods into a single article, statement, lecture, film or interview about climate change.”
What’s the prize?
“The winner will receive this stylish trophy, lovingly fashioned by master craftsmen in mid-Wales, which, believe it or not, is made entirely of recycled materials!
Even more exciting is the super soaraway holiday of a lifetime (possibly the final holiday of a lifetime) which the winner will be encouraged to take, and which the Guardian is assisting with a fabulous THREE bars of Kendal mint cake. The intention is to help persuade the lucky recipient to take a one-way solo kayak trip to the north pole, to see for him or herself the full extent of the Arctic ice melt.”
And what was Tomlinson’s offending piece that earned him this recognition? An article he wrote “with a cracking 38 howlers in one short column for the Flint Journal.” You can read Monbiot’s “fact-checking” of each and every one of these 38 points. Read it and please feel free to debunk Monbiot’s debunking here in the comments.
Question for the 2010 contest: is George Monbiot’s allowed to be a contender as well?
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