Saturday, 12 November 2011

New study: "The Chinese media mentioned no politician sceptics at all"

When the warmist journalistic approaches of Reuters and the BBC are combined, no-one should be surprised that the result is a "scientific" study like this one:

In "Poles Apart: The International Reporting of Climate Scepticism", a team of researchers, led by James Painter, a former BBC World Service journalist with a specialism in analysing how climate change is portrayed in the media, conducted a comparative study of the prevalence of climate sceptic voices in the print media across Brazil, China, France, India, the UK and US.

The Guardian´s Environment Blog is, of course, excited by the study, produced by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, based at the University of Oxford:

Where the report offers genuinely new insights is when it compares the coverage of climate scepticism across the six chosen countries. It finds, for example, that the so-called "Climategate" affair received much more attention in the UK and the US compared to Brazil, China, France and India. And it also notes that "significantly more" sceptics are mentioned in the UK and US media compared to the other four countries sampled.

Of course, it never entered the minds of Painter and his fellow warmist team that "Climategate" is perhaps mentioned more frequently in UK and US media, because the scandal erupted in these two countries and the main characters were British and American scientists.

The Guardian has found this additional "new insight" in the report:

Another important contrast between the Anglo-Saxon countries and the other four was that politician sceptics were quoted or included much more in the UK and US media (86%) than in Brazil, China, India and France. The Chinese media mentioned no politician sceptics at all, whereas India and Brazil only mentioned foreign politician sceptics.

"The Chinese media mentioned no politician sceptics at all". What a sensational new finding!   Congratulations to Painter and his bold team of researchers! They should have a good chance of winning the BBC Radio 4's So You Want to Be a Scientist? competition.

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