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BBC Weatherman Sat On Climate Emails

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

BBC weatherman ‘ignored’ leaked climate row emails

28th November 2009

The BBC has become tangled in the row over the alleged manipulation of scientific data on global warming.

One of its reporters has revealed he was sent some of the leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia more than a month ago – but did nothing about them.

Despite the explosive nature of some of the messages – which revealed apparent attempts by the CRU’s head, Professor Phil Jones, to destroy global temperature data rather than give it to scientists with opposing views – Paul Hudson failed to report the story.

This has led to suspicions that the scandal was ignored because it ran counter to what critics say is the BBC’s unquestioning acceptance in many of its programmes that man-made climate change is destroying the planet.

Dr Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, said: ‘We need to know more about the BBC’s role in this affair. Was Mr Hudson told by the BBC not to use the story?’

It was only after the same emails were published on a blog called Air Vent that Look North climate correspondent Mr Hudson owned up in his own blog to the fact he had also had the material.

In a bizarre twist, he claimed the leak had been triggered by an article he had written that questioned global warming.

Mr Hudson, 38, last night declined to comment. A BBC spokesman said: ‘Paul has nothing to add to what he has already said in his blog.’

This would tend to confirm our suspicions that these emails and documents were leaked rather than hacked.

Still, this is somewhat inexplicable given that, as the article notes, Mr. Hudson is the same BBC reporter who wrote the article last month: ‘So Where Is The Global Warming?

As we noted at the time, Mr. Hudson was roundly excoriated for his article by the Warmers in the media. (Some in the media even claimed he wasn’t a real BBC weatherman.)

Perhaps Mr. Hudson was afraid he would lose his job with the BBC if he reported on the emails, given what he went through when he merely noted that the earth’s temperature seems to have remained the same or cooler for the last ten years.

And who knows how many other reporters suppressed this news for the same reason?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “BBC Weatherman Sat On Climate Emails”

  1. Confucius says:

    Journalistic and scientific malpractice. Crimes against humanity.

    Lynch the bunch.

  2. proreason says:

    As a “reporter”, he doesn’t have the intelligence required to recognize the significance of the information.

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