What a great week in the local dailies for man-made climate change deniers! You’ve achieved parity with scientific consensus!
This morning in Daily Glean, Brian Lambert noted the Pioneer Press’ call for a Scopes Monkey Trial on global warming right here in Minnesota, noting: “Or … you could take a huge editorial risk and explain to your unconvinced (and not all that literate) readers what exactly ‘peer review’ means and how it works.”
Meanwhile, the Strib reprinted Sarah Palin’s Washington Post op-ed urging President Obama to boycott Copenhagen because some British scientists’ email misdeeds make us free to burn all the fossil fuel we want. Or something like that.
If you need a little eyewash after all this, the soon-to-be-defunct Editor & Publisher provides the backstory on how the Post eagerly lapped up Palin’s almost-certainly ghostwritten piece. (My take: page views.) And if you’d like to feel just a bit less played, I’d suggest this point-by-point rebuttal at the Atlantic that contextualizes the East Anglia mess. While the Strib did pair Palin’s emissions with good ol’ Tom Friedman (substituting a joint newspaper editorial online), the Atlantic piece is the sort of op-ed a daily should link to, at least on the web.