Whether its scientists who butcher the peer review process to support their claims that man is causing global warming, or a university statistician who plagiarizes to make a quick buck from warming critics, there seems to be remarkably little unbiased research going on in the scientific, political, and journalistic community. A perfect example of this bias comes courtesy of a memo sent by Fox News managing editor Bill Sammon. The email is entitled "Given the controversy over the veracity of climate change data..." and was sent out to Fox News' anchors. It states:
...we should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.
The email was leaked by an internal source and sent to Media Matters, a progressive organization that monitors conservative media outlets. Now anyone who's taken an introductory college climatology class knows that there's a wealth of evidence that every planet in the solar system, including the Earth, has warmed and cooled over a plethora of periods in their history (including the Little Ice Age often alluded to by critics of the theory that man is causing warming). Of course whether man is causing warming is quite a different matter. That debate is still a very active one. But as the various recent incidents illustrate, precious few working on the topic -- regardless of their stance -- are approaching it from an unbiased perspective. Conquering our planet's climate holds tremendous potential for the benefit of mankind. To do that we must properly understand how the climate operates. That will be impossible if the research, governmental, and journalistic communities continue to look at climate change research as a partisan debate and exhaust their energy trying to blindly prove their particular opinion. It's time to return to true science and open debate.
Updated: Friday, 12/17/2010 7:04 p.m. --
A pair of quick notes. The story has been fixed to reflect that 20th Century Fox was the distributor of the movie Ice Age. Also a blog offering further analysis and clarifications on this topic and the points raised in this article has been posted here.