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Subject:

Re: The Great Global Warming Swindle

From:

Bob Ward <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

psci-com: on public engagement with science

Date:

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 08:40:10 +0100

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It is apparent that you do not have the decency to withdraw your nasty
little smear and that the lack of evidence to substantiate your claims
makes no difference to your views. Lest anybody on this list believes
your falsehoods about the Science Media Centre, I am bound to point out
that the following people are members of its board:

Kenny Campbell
Editor, Metro 
 
Dr Philip Campbell
Editor-in-Chief, Nature 
 
Clive Cookson
Science Editor, Financial Times 
 
Dr Peter Cotgreave
Director, Campaign for Science & Engineering in the UK 
 
Carolan Davidge
Director of Press & PR, Cancer Research UK 
 
Mike Granatt CB FIPR
Partner, Luther Pendragon and former Director General of Goverment
Information and Communication Service 
 
Professor Robin Lovell-Badge FRS
Head of Developmental Genetics, MRC National Institute for Medical
Research 
 
Tom Miller
Director of Communications, Imperial College London and STEMPRA
committee member 
 
Rebecca Morelle 
Science and Nature reporter, BBC News Online 
 
Vivienne Parry
Writer, broadcaster and journalist 
 
Simon Pearson
Night Editor, The Times 
 
Dr Simon Singh
Science writer and broadcaster 
 
Adrian Van Klaveren
Deputy Director, BBC News 
 
Bob Ward
Director of Global Science Networks, Risk Management Solutions Ltd 
 
Alan Winter
Head of Operations, Royal Institution of Great Britain 


It is just not credible to claim that we are all part of a "political
lobby organisation". And I suspect that the many journalists who seek
help from the SMC everyday might have found out if it was up to anything
other than providing a first-class service to both the science community
and the media.

As for your criticism of the joint letter about 'The Great Global
Warming Swindle', I really wish you would not misrepresent it as an
attempt at censorship. It seeks the correction of misrepresentations of
the science, which, as the following news story indicates, even Martin
Durkin has started to accept:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/313162_global26.html  


Bob Ward
Director, Global Science Networks
 
Risk Management Solutions Ltd
Peninsular House
30 Monument Street
London
EC3R 8NB
 
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7444 7741
Blackberry +44 (0) 7710 333687
 
www.rms.com
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: psci-com: on public engagement with science
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Francis Sedgemore
Sent: 25 April 2007 22:23
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [PSCI-COM] The Great Global Warming Swindle

Apart from answering an off-list email response to my earlier
contribution, I've been out of action for most of the day owing to a
copy deadline. However, this evening I've put together 1700 words on the
subject, and posted them here:

http://skysong.eu/2007/04/science-advocacy-and-political-lobbying/

Michael Kenward - yes, you're right about the corporate nature of C4.  
Silly me. You're also right about sensationalist headlines dreamt up by
subeditors - a most peculiar sub-species. On a few occasions I've had
cause to curse Guardian Unlimited subs. On the other hand, they
occasionally come up with some absolute gems (although the creator of
the recent "CAMERON FINGERED OVER DYKE" should hang his head in shame!).

The SMC describes itself as an independent media agency working to
promote the voices, stories and views of the scientific community.  
That may be part of it, but the SMC is also a political lobby
organisation, and Fox has used it to launch some pretty nasty attacks on
her political opponents.

My mistake today was to not focus exclusively on criticising the open
letter to Durkin, and its calls for what can only be described as
censorship. For that I accept Michael K's admonition. But to be honest I
just couldn't help it. I was so struck by the irony of those who claim
that climate-change is due to human influence failing to see that the
object of their opprobrium and some of their science media allies are
political bedfellows. And the politics in question are truly bizarre.

There may have been, and still be, some respectable human beings
involved with the SMC, but the evidence is overwhelming regarding the
true agenda of those pulling the strings. That evidence is, as has been
pointed out here, in the public domain.

The SMC is, through some of its personnel, directly connected with the
other organisations on the list questioned by Michael K.

Francis


On 25 Apr 07, at 18:35, Michael Kenward wrote:

> Never judge a story by its headline.
>
> Even the author of the story gets pissed off by that sort of thing.  
> And they
> will not see it before they get their own copy of the paper.
>
> ______________________________________________________________________
> _
> Michael Kenward OBE       /                   Phone: +44 (0)1444  
> 401064
>                          /
> Science Writer & Stuff  /             My other computer is a slide  
> rule


--
Dr Francis Sedgemore
Freelance journalist and science writer
tlf: +44.7840191336; web: http://skysong.eu

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