Thu, 2006-09-07 09:01Richard Littlemore
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Melbourne Age: Damned When Praise is Faint

IPA's Alan MoranAs if in punishment for an idle compliment that I posted only yesterday, the usually reputable Australian daily, the Melbourne Age, embarrasses itself today with a piece by Alan Moran, director of the Australian Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) deregulation unit.
We have written before on the IPA's status as a mining and energy industry front group. The Age, like so many credulous newspapers, should be ashamed of itself for publishing this kind of confusing and scientifically suspect material from industry backed lobbyists who are presenting themselves as climate change experts.
Thu, 2006-09-07 03:55Kevin Grandia
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And in other Aussie news: climate conference goes topless...

Nothing to do with PR spin or solutions, but too hard to resist. At a recent Australia New Zealand Climate Forum, held at the Australian National University, the Burlesque dinner act caused more than a little “heat” for organizers. Maybe it was simply an innocent visual display of one possible adaptive solution to climate change; wearing less clothes.
Wed, 2006-09-06 22:53Jim Hoggan
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Astroturf: The Only Grass That Withstands Toxic Friends of Science

There are few parties in the public realm that are more credible than a “grassroots organization” - a group of citizens who rise up with no agenda other than to speak frankly about a public issue. Politicians are inevitably suspect and businesses are clearly self-interested, so reporters are always searching for the “common man” - the “person on the street” - or from impartial experts. No news source wraps up those characteristics more efficiently than the true grass roots organization.

Tue, 2006-09-05 15:08Richard Littlemore
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Journalistic Perversity: How to Make News Wiggle

Here's an interesting piece from The Australian, a presumptuous down-under daily that has traditionally offered a soapbox to climate change deniers.
This is, overall, a balanced article, but the lead shows how much the journalistic choice of emphasis can change the nature of a story.

Given an advance look at the Draft Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a good scoop for any journalist), the writer chooses to suggest that things are not as bad as the “alarmists” have predicted, saying:
Tue, 2006-09-05 15:05Kevin Grandia
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Tim Ball the movie, only on DeSmogBlog.com

DeSmogBlog has uncovered a great video of the notorious climate change skeptic, Dr. Tim Ball – shot at a “lunch on the frontier” event hosted by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP), a Winnipeg, Manitoba-based “think” tank.

As we have always maintained here at DeSmogBlog, we don't argue the science. But if legitimate scientific debate is at issue, Dr. Ball is similarly disinclined. This tape shows him, again, to be the kind of public relations person who will say whatever is necessary to give his oil-industry backers comfort.

Here's a few quotes to whet your appetites:

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