Leakegate: Is that true, or did you read it in the The Times?

Two contradictory stories describing the same adjudication: The Sunday Times

Ed Miliband's adverts banned for overstating climate change

vs The Guardian

Climate change adverts draw mild rebuke from advertising watchdog

One way to determine which story is more accurate is to do what anarchist does and carefully read the adjudication. But the shortcut to the truth is to note that the first story was written by Jonathan Leake.

Further coverage of the Leakegate scandal is at John Quiggin's.

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I read the adjucation, and guess which article was closer to the mark? (No prizes for the winner!)

And Tim - did you catch the emphatic statements by the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and Peter Coaldrake of Universities Australia?

The evidence is irrefutable: climate change is real and the link with human activity is beyond doubt.

From the ABC today.

Meanwhile the ABC chair weighs in with his views on media balance.

"Many of the people who have a different point of view on the climate science are respectable and credentialed scientists themselves.

"So as I said, I'm not a scientist and I'm like anybody else in the public, I have to listen to all points of view and then make judgments when we're asked to vote on particular policies."


"Climate change is at the moment an emotional issue." - Maurice Newman

Yeah, it'll be a whole lot more emotional the warmer the climate gets. What a dope.

By Dappledwater (not verified) on 15 Mar 2010 #permalink

I actually believed this when I seen it. I thought he wouldn't be daft enough to lie about this if his entire UK readership are going to see the advertisements anyway. I was wrong.

Perhaps Leake is trying to become a reliably wrong bellwether (as some other media pundits seem to be)?

It's useful to have someone reliably wrong - if only to bet against ;-)

By Lotharsson (not verified) on 15 Mar 2010 #permalink

He's a lot like a flawed compass with the part marked North always pointing in any direction but. Once you find out just how wrong it is, a lot of blue language follows.

By Donald Oats (not verified) on 15 Mar 2010 #permalink

Leake in nutshell:

>âWhen journalism becomes nothing more than digital hits, the more provocative you are â often, the more obnoxious you are â the higher the hit count,â says Richard Gruneau, a Simon Fraser University professor who studies popular culture and media.

>âIn that sense, the system pressures you to become a dick. Who cares if what you say is good, let alone whether there is any truth in it or not? When everything becomes opinion, the most opinionated, most strident and least compromising âjournalists' are the ones who rattle enough cages, or inspire enough like-minded devotees, to build the hit count.

>âAnd if you can somehow get the people you piss off arguing with your devotees, then your hit count will really soar.â

Source: [](http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/when-journalism-is-about-h…)

Sad to say Leake's piece has been parroted by some hack at the Telegraph too. Not that unpredictable, mind! Daily Telegraph=Taily Delingpole!

Anyone checked the Maily Dail or the Daily Getsworse?

By climateprogressive (not verified) on 15 Mar 2010 #permalink

Several years ago I put in a complaint on behalf of CND Cymru (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Wales) to the ASA about various Ads that BNFL were running in the UK press (including the Guardian, ever keen to forego their 'principles' in return for advertising income, perhaps).

Needless to say the ASA found in favour of the then government run BNFL - quelle surprise!

By Dave Andrews (not verified) on 15 Mar 2010 #permalink

John Quiggin has been the target of a pretty obvious attack post by Watts.


Somebody needs to educate Quiggin on the CRU ftp security blunder that was âthe moleâ. He doesnât get it, and then proceeds to use that as âevidenceâ against McIntyre. Itâs comical. Hereâs Professor Quigginâs page at the University of Queensland: ...

also notice this post about a letter by scientists defending the IPCC:


Anthony does obviously tolerate open hostility on his blog:

David Archibald (14:52:21) : The signatories of this letter are a good list of who to fire come the revolution.

scientists are becoming a target of open threats of violence. let them not pretend, that the denialist blogs have nothing to do with this!

Come the revolution some scientists will fall on their swords, while others will retire gracefully.

Academic hostility is nothing new, but the blogosphere places their squabbles front and centre, within the public domain. Words written cannot easily be erased, once they go viral, yet Quiggin's doing his best in an awkward situation.

Who gives a rats arse how different papers worded the judgement.

> adverts were not supported by solid science

It doesn't matter what side of the fence you sit on, this should be the issue.

@codex #15:

adverts were not supported by solid science

It doesn't matter what side of the fence you sit on, this should be the issue.

Indeed. And, save that the reference to extreme weather events should have been phrased more tentatively, because the science doesn't have the resolution required to confirm that there is a 90+% chance of the relevant extreme weather events occurring in the UK, rather than in Europe as a whole, the ruling is that the science does support the claims in the ads.

What's your view?

By Robin Levett (not verified) on 17 Mar 2010 #permalink