The Anatomy of Climate Science Hype

The manipulation behind Study of Ice Age Bolsters Carbon and Warming Link by Justin Gillis, New York Times, March 1, 2013 A NY Times science story (by Justin Gillis, March 1) illustrates some interesting points about science journalism - esp. in the contentious and politically charged issue of climate change.  A scientific journal, in this case the renowned Science magazine, wants to gain publicity for its journal among the non-scientific readers of the NY Times.  So it sends out a press release about a scientific paper it plans to publish.  Of course, it has been 'peer-reviewed' to the satisfaction of the Science editor, but it has not yet been vetted by the scientific community.  Journalists who receive the press release think it will make an interesting story.  It appears to involve some new features that contradict what has been discussed up till now.  And Science has a generally good reputation.  Specifically,  the story claims that the...(Read Full Article)