The key lesson of the climate change email controversy
So this morning, it seemed like it was settled:
E-mails suggest science not faked, but doubt lingered was the headline of the AP story. The AP said it had done an “exhaustive review” of the hacked emails between climate change researchers.
But wait! It’s never over til it’s over: the Daily Mail piece apparently also did their own “exhaustive review“.
The lesson: I don’t think any of us know enough to know, but it underscores the importance of you as journalists not pursuing an agenda on any side of a hot political issue. The best thing you can do for the reader is tell the straight and honest story, even if it looks like it’s bad for “your side.” As Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice: the truth will out. Help that happen, wherever it may take you.