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June 3, 2009

This is doing the rounds today, raising chuckles as it goes.

THE editor-in-chief of The Australian, Chris Mitchell, has won the JN Pierce Award for Media Excellence for leading the newspaper's coverage of climate change policy. The award is presented each year by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.

For the first time, the judging panel presented the award to an editor rather than a reporter or columnist. APPEA chief executive Belinda Robinson said that over the past 12 months The Australian's "in-depth coverage of a range of public policy issues affecting Australia's upstream oil and gas industry has been of a consistently high standard".

An honour richly deserved.

| Posted by Lyn at 12:46 PM | | Comments (6)


I love a good joke in the morning.

I infer that the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has clicked to postmodernism's sense or understanding of irony. They now realize that truth and honours, just like beauty, are something merely constructed, bound by culture, hemmed in by psychology, framed by gender, driven by economics, warped by language, distorted by the powerful, tied to the patriarchy and the domination of nature, and totally relative always. Only the naïve or those who wish to dominate believe in any kind of cross-cultural (or inherent) truth, cross-cultural (or inherent) beauty, or a hierarchy of any kind.

I didn't realize that the fossil fuel energy crowd were so philosophically sophisticated.

The Australian wins a media excellence award for its coverage of climate policy. Wow. Obviously, media excellence has more to do with spin than truth.

'truth' has to be understood in the sense that smoking is good for you. Or that Aids could be treated with beetroot and lemon juice. Fossil fuel companies have inserted their denialist message that manmade climate wasn't happening into every medium by means of hired hands (astroturfers) who don't reveal their sources of funding.The messages is phrased in terms of claiming that the science is unsettled, that the other side are all liars, and all they are doing is telling the public what it needs to hear.

Check out this article in the New York Times. It's the smoking gun.

It says that as the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, worked to sway public opinion against climate change, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted.

“The scientific basis for the Greenhouse Effect and the potential impact of human emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 on climate is well established and cannot be denied,” the experts wrote in an internal report compiled for the coalition in 1995.

The Australian's coverage of climate change has been based on fakery.

"The Australian's coverage of climate change has been based on fakery"

We have a new definition of media excellence, then.

Yes, I was going to contribute: "Bwwaaaaaahhhhhhaaaahhhhaaaaa!!!!!!"
But it seems the rest of you, starting with Gary, have already arrived at a synergistic, singularic place relative to the writer.