Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

A while back, some crackers broke in to the e-mail accounts of climatologists at the University of East Anglia and published a bunch of them. New stories started breaking that basically said “THE SCIENTISTS ARE LYING!!!!” and the press began to refer to the issue as Climategate.

The stories spread quickly and pretty soon everyone in the world knew that the scientists who are warning the world about global warming were all operating under a hidden agenda and that it’s all a big hoax.

Climategate is, however, complete bullshit. That hackers got a hold of scientists’ e-mails is true. That the scientists were talking about global warming is true. That the scientists were operating under a hidden agenda and making up data? Not so true. There was nothing nefarious going on.

I suspect that most news organizations aren’t going to follow the example of The Sunday Times and print retractions. Because “SCIENTISTS ARE DOING SCIENCE” isn’t nearly as eye-grabbing a headline as “THE SCIENTISTS ARE LYING!!!!”.

One Response to “Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing”

  1. Kath Says:

    Ohmigawd – Scientists are doing science??? Whoaa!!! 😉

    But yeah, I understand. Because it was so much more exciting for papers in my area to print “ZOMG Mexican Consulate Setting Up Satellite Office on Tiny Island To Help Illegals! Congressman Outraged!” Instead of just saying oh yeah, mexican nationals get ID that says they are guess what…mexican nationals. Whoop dee doo. (And the congressman is an as****ch anyway.)