Thursday, July 29, 2010

HELP alert the media to denialist activity


Turn the Tables on Monckton
Written by Professor Scott Mandia

Christopher Monckton and other deniers get far more press coverage than they deserve. Journalistic false balance has caused the public to be confused on climate change – the greatest threat to humanity this century. Worse, these deniers have used mainstream media to attack climate science and the scientists who pursue the truth. Let us now turn the tables.

Monckton has been exposed by Dr. John Abraham and instead of hiding his tail and whimpering away, Monckton has gone on the offensive by attacking Dr. Abraham and asking his followers to essentially “email bomb” Dr. Abraham’s university president. We need to alert the media to this story.

I have assembled a list of media contacts in the hopes that my readers will follow my lead and send letters asking for an investigation of Monckton and his attack on Abraham. Please feel free to use the letter I sent below as your own or to modify as you see fit. I have placed mailto links that will make it easy to send letters to several contacts at once with a single click.

In the thread comments, please suggest other contacts in the US and from abroad. This blog thread can then be used in the future to alert the media to denialist activity.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Journalistic “false balance” has led the general public to believe that there is still scientific debate about whether humans are causing climate change.
The IPCC (2007) WGI report states: “Most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations. Discernible human influences now extend to other aspects of climate, including ocean warming, continental-average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns.” There are no international bodies of science that hold a dissenting opinion and over 97% of climate scientists that publish in journals agree with the IPCC conclusions.

Several publications (eg. Boykoff and Boykoff, 2004; Oreskes and Conway, 2010) have shown that mass media has repeatedly presented the science as having two sides well after scientists have arrived at a consensus on issues such as tobacco’s link to cancer, acid rain, DDT, ozone depletion, global warming, and others. There is only one side with regard to the primary cause of modern global warming: humans are responsible for most of the warming. One of the most visible and publicized deniers of manmade global warming is Christopher Monckton.

Christopher Monckton has no scientific credentials nor has he published any articles in a peer-reviewed science journal. Monckton has only a degree in classics and a diploma in journalism, yet he is consistently quoted in the media as an “alternative voice” to the scientific consensus and he recently appeared in a recent (2010) congressional hearing regarding “Climategate”. (Climategate was a well-orchestrated attack on scientists and climate science that has been shown repeatedly to have been without merit.)

Recently, Dr. John Abraham of St. Thomas University painstakingly debunked many of Monckton’s false claims and misrepresentations of the science of climate change and posted these results on the Web. In response, Monckton has embarked on a smear campaign against Dr. Abraham and has asked his followers to flood the email inbox of the University President demanding removal of the documents that expose his unsubstantiated “scientific claims”.

These personal attacks on scientists must end now. Climate change is the greatest threat to humanity this century and it is criminal to intentionally misrepresent the science and attack the scientists that find the evidence for manmade warming. Please investigate the Monckton and Abraham story. Expose Monckton for the fraud that he is, and by doing so, you may regain the trust of scientists that may be shunning mass media because of the journalistic false balance that discourages scientific engagement with the media. The public do not read scientific journals so they rely on your service to be accurately informed. Serve your listening public, maintain your journalistic integrity, and do the right thing.

Please feel free to contact my if you wish more information about this story.


Scott A. Mandia, Professor – Physical Sciences

Print Media:

John Hillkirk, USA Today –

Alan Murray, Wall Street Journal –

Bill Keller, NY Times –

Russ Stanton, LA Times –

Marcus W. Brauchli, Washington Post –,

Reporters: Juliet Eilperin- & David Fahrenthold –

Gerould W. Kern, Chicago Tribune –

Martin Dunn, Daily News (NY) –

William K. Marimow, Philadelphia Enquirer –

Jeff Cohen, Houston Chronicle –

Col Allan, New York Post –

Jonathan Wolman, The Detroit News –

Robert W. Mong, Jr, Dallas Morning News –

Nancy Barnes, Minneapolis Star Tribune –

Peter S. Canellos, Boston Globe –

Kevin Whitmer, Star-Ledger (NJ) –

Julia Wallace, Atlanta Journal-Constitution –

Carroll, Nicole, Arizona Republic –

Debby Krenek, Newsday (NY) –

Stephen Proctor, SF Chronicle –

Susan Goldberg,Cleveland Plain Dealer –


Associated Press Headquarters –

Reuters Washington Bureau (Headquarters) –


Newsweek –

Time –

U.S. News & World Report –

Editorial Board Editor Mortimer Zuckerman –



DC Bureau Chief Robin Sproul –

World News Tonight –

Executive Producer Paul Friedman –

Nightline –

Executive Producer Tom Bettag –

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CBS Evening News –

60 Minutes –

CNN Headquarters –

Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer –

Executive Producer Sam Feist –

Reliable Sources –

Anchors Howard Kurtz –

Meet the Press –

Nightly News –

Executive Producer David Corvo –

Today Show -

Executive Producer Jeff Zucker –

Dateline NBC –


Hardball w Chris Matthews –

Rachel Maddow Show –

Countdown with Keith Olbermann –

CNBC World –

FOX News Watch –

Public Broadcasting :

National Public Radio –

Diane Rehm Show –

On The Media –

News Hour with Jim Lehrer –

Written by Scott Mandia

July 18, 2010 at 6:39 am

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Also worth contacting:

America's foremost interviewer Terry Gross at Fresh Air

The Young Turks on YouTube:


Thank you Professor Scott Mandia for being one of the Professors/Scientist stepping up to defend the integrity of science.

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