Coverage of the Leakegate scandal is spreading.
Media Lens has published a media alert about the disinformation about climate science being published by British newspapers. Leake, as the worst offender, gets special mention. They quote James Hansen:
“The media have done a great disservice to the public. This mess should be cleared up in the next year or so, although the damage may linger a while, because some people who paid attention to sensationalism may not bother with accurate explanations of the truth.
The impression left from this affair is that there are some parts of the media that care less about responsible reporting than about selling newspapers or other ware. Some of the problem may be honest ignorance, as the quality of science reporting has declined in recent decades. And of course some media are controlled by people who have a political axe to grind.”
Eli Rabett has a summary of Leake’s various misrepresentations:
It is definitely time to hold these folk responsible and linking is one way of doing it.
Robert Grumbine concludes:
Leake and The Times are unreliable sources, both for making up things and for not correcting their errors.
Bradford Plumer comments:
Leake doesn’t seem like the sort of journalist anyone should be emulating.