In the latest New Yorker, Michael Specter gives a textbook lesson in how to write about someone who is misguided in some science-related arena without succumbing to the perils of false-balance. The story, Seeds of Doubt, is a good counter example to a major feature that ran recently in the Dallas Morning News. That story, Dallas researchers out to scientifically prove biblical version of creation, has already been criticized for false balance, naïve reporting and for allowing creationists
News broke yesterday on the latest and perhaps punchiest report yet from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. So far it is but a draft to be discussed later this year at a meeting in Copenhagen. First accounts suggest it shall be among the most blunt and at the same time despairing that the big UN-sponsored IPCC has put together.
A few outlets all got it, apparently, at about the same time yesterday (and many others are churning these more primary ones in order to slap