This is a guest post by Gus Van Harten, professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and author of Sold Down the Yangtze: Canada's Lopsided Investment Deal with China. This post originally...
The UK's Royal Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific bodies in the world has released this statement today on the Ofcom ruling that the “Great Global Warming Swindle” television movie misrepresented the views of some of the world's most distinguished scientists:
Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society said: “TV companies occasionally commission programmes just to court controversy, but to misrepresent the evidence on an issue as important as global warming was surely irresponsible. 'The Great Global Warming Swindle' was itself a swindle. The programme makers misrepresented the science, the views of some of the scientists featured in the programme and the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Media coverage of the Ofcom ruling on a complaint leveled at a UK documentary called “The Great Global Warming Swindle,” has been quick and harsh.
And so it should be. We here at DeSmog have been relentless in debunking the misrepresentations of this climate change shock-u-mentary that appeared to be more about raising hackles and spreading misinformation than about reflecting the true state of climate science.
A press release has been issued by the original complainants to Ofcom, the UK's communications regulatory office, over the Channel 4 documentary, “The Great Global Warming Swindle.”
In the release (full version attached below), Bob Ward, former spokesperson for the prestigious UK Royal Society, who submitted one of the 265 complaints received by Ofcom and who reviewed parts of the test complaint, said…
A new website has been launched containing all the nitty gritty details of the complaint to Ofcom, the UK's communications regulatory board, over Channel 4's documentary “The Great Global Warming Swindle.”
The website OfcomSwindleComplaint.net was set up by Dave Rado, one of the three concerned citizens who launched the original complaint to Ofcom over a year ago.
BBC and ITV have suspended the commission of programs from RDF after it was revealed that a RDF documentary used misleading footage of the Queen storming out of a portrait sitting. RDF was forced to apologize to the BBC for the misleading footage, while the BBC chief executive was forced to apologize to the Queen. Ouch!
Seems it isn't just Durkin himself who has a penchant for misrepresentation. And to think people actually believe that Durkin's Swindle film should be aired in our schools.
H/T to Sumptuous blog.
For those of the paper-print orientation, attached is a transcription of the ABC Australia's Tony Jones interview with “Great Global Warming Swindle” director, Martin Durkin.
Probably a good idea to store this one away. You never know when YouTube will pull down the videos.
Thanks to our anonymous friend in the UK for sending this on to us. Fabulous!