Today I felt I did my bit to help the BBC take its first step along the road back to objective journalism. After yesterday’s shock offer by BBC environment correspondent Roger Harrabin to talk to skeptic scientists at WattsupWithThat I’ve been put on the case.
My first fears, perhaps shared by a lot of sceptics, was that this is a mere sop to make ‘Auntie Beeb’ look less jaundiced in its reporting now that more of the British mainstream media has begun to see the light on the greatest scam ever perpetrated in the name of science. Anthony Watts of WWUT left his readers in no doubt as to where he stood on the Harrabin offer:
“I hope WUWT readers will come to aid, especially since skeptics are now apparently getting a voice in UK MSM.”
Watts may be sold on it. But, I wanted to see for myself whether this BBC environmental journalist was a man we could trust or just another mainstream media shill out to ‘hide the decline’ of the bogus theory of man made global warming.
I spoke with Mr. Harrabin on the phone this morning. We had a very productive one-hour conversation and I felt I got a measure of the man. He was professional and courteous, as you’d expect. But his voice was heavily gravelled from a nasty cold that was keeping him off work for the first time in five years. I pointed out I don’t get any sick pay–I do my journalism for free. Plus, I wasn’t for a moment going to believe the BBC was about to do a ‘U- turn’ when its pension fund committed to green investments.
I do not intend to be made a fool of, I said. Neither does he. We covered a lot of issues.
Mr Harrabin understood that this would be a pointless exercise if his main purpose were just to show how few tenured British scientists–for reasons that are obvious to us but may not be to the wider public–are actually sceptics. I then conceded that at some point skeptical scientists must come out en masse and take the lead in this debate, and a debate is exactly what Mr. Harrabin appears to be offering.
As you read more of this article I hope fellow skeptics will agree that this may, perhaps, be the best way forward to a less acrimonious, less litigious pursuit of our cause. I was sold. This is something we at Climategate.com, like WUWT believe we all need to explore. That is why we must now make an appeal to all scientists who live or work in Britain to come forward to us in total confidence.
We may want to put together a team of sceptics who will go with me to meet with Mr. Harrabin to tell him our concerns, I don’t know. This is all up for discussion. Mr. Harrabin assures me his angle is from an objective policy-making stance and he is not out to ridicule or expose anyone who wishes to preserve his or her anonymity.
The poor was chap suffering; he was being inflicted with further pain from another quarter. He told me the response to his offer on WUWT has been overwhelming. His mailbox is now full of rants and vitriol from irate sceptics eager to vent their frustration. It appears that the BBC has done for journalism what OJ did for his wife.
I got the impression Harrabin was not a nut job from the ‘George Monbiot Class of Loons’ (‘Gaurdian’ Kool-Aid drinkers ), as he is starting to make unequivocal concessions to hard reality as shown in his latest commentary;
“I was shocked to see WWF “science” included in the IPCC report” and was surprised that they also were, “ allowing input from firms, pressure groups and ordinary people.”
I urge readers to take a read of Roger Harrabin’s latest BBC article and see that there are concessions starting to be made by the established mainstream media that do support the case for skeptic scientists now putting their trust in their staunch online allies. We are dedicated to the skeptic cause and will do our utmost to get your important message across more credibly and effectively to the mainstream media.
To all concerned science professionals: please heed the words of Anthony Watts and contact us, in absolute confidence, via our ‘contact’ link as soon as possible so that we may move this most crucial issue forward. Your note and contact into will be forwarded directly to me.
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