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Richard Black: The Silence Says Everything

December 16, 2011

Even the Guardian, the print arm of the BBC, has covered the Police raid on Tallbloke

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/15/hacked-climate-emails-police-west-yorkshire

Now take a look at the BBC’s environment section:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment/

You will note nothing, nadda, zilch is there covering this development in the Climategate story.

Doesn’t that seem a bit odd?  Especially considering how Richard Black has jumped in fast and hard on every previous development.

Perhaps it’s a case of not being able to find an angle that will allow the BBC to maintain the usual warmists good, sceptics bad holding pattern?

Oh, and Richard, I know you read have read this blog, so you will be pleased to know I will soon have a very interesting piece up about you.  Internet search is a wonderful thing.

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10 Comments
  1. michael hart permalink

    Actually, at the time the story broke, I suspect Mr Black simply wasn’t aware of Tallbloke’s talkshop. Tallbloke is clearly a scientist, of the sceptical variety, which doesn’t fit with Richard Black’s narrative. And, let’s face it, learning about science is not Mr Black’s strong point, even if the BBC does publish his writings on subjects scientific.

  2. Otter permalink

    Well you know the phrase: ‘If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything.’

    ………. I’m surprised we ever hear from him at all.

  3. ThePowerofX permalink

    Perhaps it’s a case of not being able to find an angle that will allow the BBC to maintain the usual warmists good, sceptics bad holding pattern?

    He could try innuendo. “A climate-change skeptic linked to WUWT? has been visited by Police in a criminal investigation”.

    It’s not much of a development.

    I’m sure a timely report from Richard Black on website X would have constituted further evidence that he is biased little toad. Instead the absence of a report from Richard Black on website X is being adduced as evidence that he is a one-sided little toad. Impenetrable logic.

  4. Erik permalink

    “Perhaps it’s a case of not being able to find an angle…”

    ..or Richard Black is losing his religion – it’s not easy to be green

    Mixed messages on climate ‘vulnerability’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15698183

  5. jollyfarmer permalink

    Mr Black,

    Lots of silence on your academic qualifications. I surmise that you have nothing scientific. Lay it on us, if you have it.

    You will not reply to this. You can’t. [snip-over the top]

    Would you respond to this:

    Richard Black is a [snip – lets attack the facts rather than hurl insults]

    Discuss.

  6. Charles.U.Farley permalink

    Yeah hurl facts, they hate that! 😀

  7. If there is anything of interest ref BBC and Black’s, etc, environmental reporting, pls let me know.
    Might be able to help get it to a wider audience..
    ie:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/11/27/climategate-2-impartiality-at-the-bbc/
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/02/03/has-the-bbc-has-broken-faith-with-the-general-public/

  8. Neil Hyde permalink

    Which planet are these people on ?

    Thank you for your contact.

    I understand you’re unhappy with the BBC as you feel that it is not being impartial and not living up to its charter. I note you feel that the BBC is biased regarding climate change.

    I’m sorry you feel that the BBC is not impartial but we cannot take a stance or hold an opinion on any public issue.

    The BBC is specifically prohibited from expressing a view of its own on any issue with the exception of those specifically related to broadcasting.

    Impartiality is partly dependent on balance and it’s not possible to achieve that with every report. Programme makers aim to do justice to the full range of views and opinions in particular issues. We publish our own editorial guidelines so the public can judge whether we abide by them or not. You can see these at:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/

    We don’t say we never make mistakes, but we strive hard to be accurate, balanced and fair. Audience research suggests that most people who use BBC services greatly appreciate those efforts.

    The BBC aims to report what’s actually happening over a period of time so the audience is in a better position to make up their own minds about what’s going on.

    With regard to climate change- The BBC is committed to impartial and balanced coverage when it comes to this issue.

    There is broad scientific agreement on the issue of climate change and we reflect this accordingly; however, we do aim to ensure that we also offer time to the dissenting voices. Flagship BBC programmes such as Newsnight, Today and our network news bulletins on BBC One have all included contributions from those who challenge the general scientific consensus recently and we will continue to offer time to such views on occasion

    You might be interested in the views of former Newsnight editor, Peter Barron, who explored this issue in an online posting at our Editors’ Blog and explained some of the editorial issues it throws up:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/02/how_green_should_we_be.html

    I’m sorry if you feel that the BBC is not fulfilling its charter and so I’ve registered your comment on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that’s made available to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers.

    The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.

    Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

    Kind Regards

    Joseph O’Brien

    BBC Complaints

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

  9. DMC permalink

    Richard Black is a disgrace to environmental reporting. I am tired of reading his oh-so-carefully accidentally misleading headlines. Today there is a link on BBC’s site saying “Sun’s UV ‘driving cold winters’ “.
    What follows is classic Black, he goes on to give increasingly complex and poorly explained science which eventually run counter to the headlines he runs. This leaves him able to challenge any detailed analysis while misleading the masses who scan headlines and beginnings of articles.
    Leaving said Black with his hands clean. Who are you really working for Richard?
    Or are you really just that desperate to get people to click on the links?
    “Next decade ‘may see no warming’ ” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7376301.stm

    Looking forward to the Richard Black closet climate sceptic compilation – you won’t be short of material.

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