Yesterday One News featured a climate change denialist crank in a broadcast segment and on its news site. It prompted a strong reaction from many, including this from Hot topic:
TVNZ PUSHES LEYLAND’S CLIMATE LIES
In an appalling lapse of editorial judgement, TVNZ has given notorious Climate “Science” Coalition propagandist Bryan Leyland four minutes of airtime this morning [TVNZ page removed: but available here.] to rubbish the work of the IPCC. Yes, that’s right, the nation’s public broadcaster presented a man way out on the crank fringe who has made a late-life career out climate denial, against one of the largest scientific undertakings of all time — the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. The IPCC, lest we forget, warned yesterday that world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage from climate change unless we cut emissions steeply.
TVNZ did respond to feedback. The post above was updated:
[Update 5pm: It appears TVNZ have pulled the video of Leyland’s interview and the accompanying news story from their site in response to the many formal and informal complaints they have received. However the full interview can be seen (for the time being, at least) on Youtube. And the TVNZ News Facebook post about Leyland’s interview is still there.]
Although it is to their credit that TVNZ took the nonsense down, it was appalling editorial judgement that it ever made it to air in the first place. A good point made by John Hart in response.
So will those that lambasted the Greens last week be equally vociferous towards TVNZ giving airtime to a climate crank? #antiscience
— John Hart (@farmgeek) November 4, 2014
And just while we’re on good tweets on such topics, just this morning:
Impressive accomplishment to get this story written without once using the words "climate change". http://t.co/J8uMJ0gOKw
— David Slack (@DavidSlack) November 4, 2014