Do you remember Michael Mann, the climate scientist who created the infamous “hockey stick” graph to alarm the world about global warming? Well, suddenly the media is interested in obtaining his emails. Wonders never cease.
Mann is the Penn State climate scientist who in the late 1990s came up with the hockey stick-shaped graph that supposedly shows global temperatures rising sharply in recent decades. It’s been taken by many alarmists as incontrovertible, even holy, proof that humans cause global warming.
That perception might be changing, however. The Columbia Journalism Review reported Monday that news outlets from National Public Radio to the Washington Post to the Associated Press to Politico — 17 in all — have joined a freedom-of-information request filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
The group is seeking Mann’s email communications with other academics during his years at the University of Virginia. That period coincides with the ClimateGate emails, which revealed that some climate scientists were doctoring data to fit their agenda.
The press has been a reliable cheerleader for the global warming alarmists, giving them heavy and sympathetic coverage while largely ignoring skeptical scientists. In some cases it has instituted policy barring all coverage of the “deniers.”
It’s rather remarkable, then, that so many news outlets want to see Mann’s emails. But what else could they do, given that temperatures in the last 17 years have been cooler than models predicted while the weather and the climate have remained within the historic variability. It’s only natural for some skepticism to develop.
Read the whole thing. This interesting turn of events doesn’t mean everyone in the media is about to become a “denier,” but it’s certainly a good start.