The press continues to parody itself

Andy Matthews

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something seems to be missing from these stories by the New York Times and the Washington Post on President Obama’s decision to attend next month’s United Nations meeting on climate change in Copenhagen.

Hmmm. Now what could it be?

Aha! Now I remember. It’s that little business about the whole premise upon which the conference rests being called into serious, serious question thanks to a thousand or so e-mails obtained by a computer hacker.

Nigel Lawson (a.k.a. Baron Lawson of Blaby), the former British chancellor of the exchequer, who is among prominent persons demanding a full and open public inquiry, summarized the content of the e-mails in this way:

“Astonishingly, what appears, at least at first blush, to have emerged is that (a) the scientists have been manipulating the raw temperature figures to show a relentlessly rising global warming trend; (b) they have consistently refused outsiders access to the raw data; (c) the scientists have been trying to avoid freedom of information requests; and (d) they have been discussing ways to prevent papers by dissenting scientists being published in learned journals. …

Really, guys … that’s not worth a mention? Not even in, say, paragraph 17, where most information inconvenient to your editors’ political views is typically found?

And here’s a question to ponder: In light of these latest revelations, should Al Gore now have to give back his Nobel Peace Prize? And speaking of Gore, what did he know about this scandal, and when did he know it?

Just asking questions here.