Any newspaper can do something that really ticks off anybody who has a set of hackles to raise. A Brooklyn-based blogger, press critic, and climate change news specialist has a tidy tantrum out today aimed at two newspapers at near-opposite ends of the spectrum of old-time UK media. His ire has merit and deserves a wide audience:
- Discover / Collide-a-scape blog - Keith Kloor: When newspapers con the public ;
There's not much to add from this end, as it'd just be to say huzzah and go get'em Keith. His targets are an example of "crazy-ass reporting on climate change" at the Daily Mail, and the anonymous but misleading-by-silence source of a video critique of genetically modified farm crops that was promoted in the Guardian. Both, he writes convincingly, mislead the public. The first by extensive error and exaggeration, the second by not telling viewers the video came not from any ostensible journalist but from a sharp-elbowed advocacy group. The Daily Mail is, of course, an acquired taste and it takes a lot of grains of salt to get it down. The Guardian is by and large a pillar of British journalism. Nobody's immune from bad judgment.
It's not long and is loaded with links to back up and expand its arguments. So, go there.