UK ‘fairness’ watchdog blasts BBC for giving equal time to ‘climate deniers’

UK ‘fairness’ watchdog blasts BBC for giving equal time to ‘climate deniers’

[Ed. – Now that’s just funny, right there.]

progress report from an independent body, the BBC Trust, says Britain’s public broadcasting service shouldn’t be giving equal air time to climate change deniers and others on the scientific fringe.

The report found the BBC remains prone to “over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality” that resulted in the news service giving “undue attention to marginal opinion.” The author of the report, Steve Jones, emeritus professor of Genetics at University College London, cited the existence of manmade climate change as an example.

Since the review began in 2010, nearly 200 BBC senior staff were sent to workshops to learn what it means to cover science impartially. Andrew Miller, chairman of Parliament’s science and technology select committee, said in a statement: “The key point the workshops tried to impart is that impartiality in science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views, which may result in a ‘false balance.’ More crucially it depends on the varying degree of prominence such views should be given. In this respect, editorial decisions should be guided by where the scientific consensus might be found on any given topic, if it can in fact be determined.” …

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The BBC was accused in April of misleading viewers about climate change by giving too much air time to unqualified sceptics. A damning parliamentary report singled out the BBC’s “Radio 4 Today” and “World at One” programs. “Given the high level of trust the public has in its coverage, it is disappointing that the BBC does not ensure all of its programmes and presenters reflect the actual state of climate science in its output,” the report said, according to the Guardian.

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