Newsweek Editor: Our Warming Story Contrived

Photo by David Berkwitz via HarperCollins 

Via NewsMax.

A contributing editor at Newsweek magazine, Robert J. Samuelson, has sharply criticized his own publication for what he calls a “highly contrived” cover story about the global warming threat and the “denial machine” that seeks to debunk it.

In this week’s issue of Newsweek, Samuelson writes: “As we debate it, journalists should resist the temptation to portray global warming as a morality tale – as Newsweek did – in which anyone who questions its gravity or proposed solutions may be ridiculed as a fool, a crank or an industry stooge.”

He also writes: “Unfortunately, self-righteous indignation can undermine good journalism. Last week’s Newsweek cover story on global warming is a sobering reminder. It’s an object lesson of how viewing the world as ‘good guys vs. bad guys’ can lead to a vast oversimplification of a messy story.”    more… 

As the article notes, Marc Morano, communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said a Senate report is scheduled to be released in the fall that will feature hundreds of scientists “who have spoken out recently against [Al] Gore, the U.N., and the media-driven climate ‘consensus.’”

Sharon Begley’s article, “The Truth About Denial“, is here

Newsweek Cover - 8/13/07 issue 

Just for the record, anything that starts off with Barbara Boxer in the opening sentence can’t be good.

Robert J. Samuelson’s rebuttal can be found here

Oooops!  What a screw up, if your own editors feel compelled to run a rebuttal in the following issue.

Noel Sheppard at News Busters weighs in on the Begley article. 

Manmade global warming alarmism took a disgraceful turn for the worse this weekend when Newsweek published a lengthy cover-story repeatedly calling skeptics “deniers” that are funded by oil companies and other industries with a vested interest in obfuscating the truth.

In fact, the piece several times suggested that publishing articles skeptical of man’s role in climate change is akin to misleading Americans about the dangers of smoking.

Despicably titled “Global-Warming Deniers: A Well-Funded Machine,” the article painted a picture of an evil cabal whose goal is to thwart science at the detriment of the environment and the benefit of their wallets.   more…

Tailrank has a roundup from around the blogosphere on the Begley story. 

And, of course, Sharon Begley now has her own blog over at Newsweek.  So much for editorial critique there, huh?

Others posting on this topic:  JammieWearingFool / Liberal Values / Villainous Company / Amy Ridenour / Pat Dollard / American Conservative Daily /


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