Yesterday, The Scientific Activist blog (part of the ScienceBlogs.com community) carried a keen-eyed piece of media criticism, turning the rating scheme of The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” blog back on the paper itself.
The blog’s editor, Nick Anthis, a doctoral student in biochemistry at Oxford University, took issue with a recent Post article by Juliet Eilperin, which claimed a little too much credit for exposing NASA’s censorship of climate scientist James Hansen in early 2006.
As I pointed out in my post, credit really belongs to Andrew Revkin of The New York Times, who not only broke the story in full detail but also followed it up extensively. I think that Revkin might have felt the same way, based on his comment on my post. You can see all of Revkin’s stories on the topic here, and you can read his Dot Earth blog here.
I must admit that I’m a pretty big fan of media criticism in general (and the Columbia Journalism Review is a great source for this), so I appreciate this latest shout-out in particular.