The War on Science

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before — The Australian has published a story with a picture of a bloke standing on a beach to prove that sea levels aren’t rising. Mitchell Nadin tells us: At 73, former CSIRO engineer Denis Whitnall has seen many things — but rising sea levels isn’t one of them.…

Robert Manne vs The Australian

Robert Manne’s Quarterly Essay is 40,000 words on the malign influence of The Australian on public affairs in this country. You can read an extract here and watch an interview with Manne here. Also of interest is commentary on Manne’s essay from Tim Dunlop who asks “why anybody continues to take The Australian seriously” and…

I have an article in The Conversation on the misrepresentation of the science on sea level in news stories in The Australian: In August The Australian had a story by Ean Higgins on Tim Flannery’s waterfront home. Higgins’ message was the fact that Flannery had a house near the water showed he was insincere in…

In The Conversation Michael Ashley writes about The Australian‘s War on Science, with emphasis on Michael Asten’s misrepresentations of the science: When I contacted The Australian’s opinion editor late last year to express dismay at their bias, I was given the example of Michael Asten, a part-time professorial fellow in the school of geosciences at…

Jane Fraser, columnist in The Australian , writes a column based on “facts” she got from a chain email: Back to Plimer. He says he knows how disheartening it is to realise all your savings on carbon emissions have been eaten up by natural disasters. You’ve suffered the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids,…

Chip Le Grand, Victorian editor of The Australian, complains that Stuart Rintoul was victimized by Media Watch. Just like Rintoul, Le Grand misrepresents Watson’s paper: [Rintoul] brought to national attention research by NSW researcher Phil Watson showing that sea levels around Australia over the past 100 years haven’t risen as quickly as scientists would have…

Media Watch does an excellent report on Stuart Rintoul’s misrepresentation of Phil Watson’s paper. Count the whoppers from The Australian. The Australian: as I understand it the CSIRO was invited to comment to Media Watch and declined to do so. Kathleen McInnnes of the CSIRO on how they weren’t invited to comment: CSIRO … would…

Kudos to John Quiggin

Kudos to John Quiggin, not for winning the 2011 Distinguished Fellow Award from The Economic Society of Australia (even though that’s pretty impressive), but for winning the 2011 Distinguished glass jaw punching award, for his posts on the “mistakes, misleading headlines and outright lies” from The Australian. His prize is this lengthy article in The…

The latest volley in The Australian‘s ongoing war on science is extended ad hominem attack on climate scientists from Jo Nova. Nova claims that climate science is a “mess”, but in 1200 words Nova doesn’t make one scientific argument. Instead she argues that the scientific consensus was “purchased” by the goverment from scientists who were…

Phil Watson, Team Leader of the Coastal Unit in the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water was probably pleased when The Australian‘s Stuart Rintoul asked to interview him about his work. Watson was the man who organised A snapshot of future sea levels: photographing the king tide. The photographs of the king tide…