Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Global Warming Controversy!!!1! ... uh, no ... make that ... Another Apology

But that's okay, because we can be sure that Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and every Republican member of Congress will be talking about this tomorrow!

A Newspaper Apologizes to United Nations’ Climate Chief

Last December, Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper published a 2,000-word article accusing Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of potential financial conflicts of interest.

On Sunday, The Telegraph made an abrupt about-face, pulling the story from its Web site and apologizing to Dr. Pachauri. [...]

The Telegraph apologized for creating the false impression that Dr. Pachauri had been earning millions of dollars from his consulting work, allegations that climate change skeptics seized upon to question the integrity of the United Nations climate panel he leads. The original story was broadcast around the world, and is still available widely on the Internet.

I'd say read the whole thing, as well as the righteous column from George Monbiot of the Guardian, but sadly, the only people who will are the only people who don't need to. As Monbiot concludes:

The best we can do is to set out the facts and appeal to whatever decency the people spreading these lies might have, and ask them to consider the impact of what they have done to an innocent man. Will it work? I wouldn't bet on it. As we have seen in the United States, where some people (often the same people) continue to insist that Barack Obama is a Muslim and was born abroad, certain views are impervious to evidence.

By the way? Total number of words in the Telegraph's apology?


Including the headline.

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