1.Climate scientist 'duped to deny global warming'
Ben Goldacre and David Adam
The Observer, March 11 2007
A Leading US climate scientist is considering legal action after he says he was duped into
appearing in a Channel 4 documentary that claimed man-made global warming is a myth. Carl
Wunsch, professor of physical oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said
the film, The Great Global Warming Swindle, was 'grossly distorted' and 'as close to pure
propaganda as anything since World War Two'.
He says his comments in the film were taken out of context and that he would not have agreed
to take part if he had known it would argue that man-made global warming was not a serious
threat. 'I thought they were trying to educate the public about the complexities of climate
change,' he said. 'This seems like a deliberate attempt to exploit someone who is on the other
side of the issue.' He is considering a complaint to Ofcom, the broadcast regulator.
The film, shown on Thursday, was made by Martin Durkin. In 1997, he produced a similar series
for Channel 4 called Against Nature, which attacked many of the claims of the environmental
movement. Durkin said: 'Carl Wunsch was most certainly not "duped" into appearing in the film,
as is perfectly clear from our correspondence with him. Nor are his comments taken out of
context. His interview, as used in the programme, perfectly accurately represents what he said.'
Channel 4 said: 'We feel it is important that all sides of the debate are aired. If one of the
scientists featured now has concerns about his contribution, we will look into it in the normal
2.Climate Sceptic Alert
The Great Global Warming Swindle
Jonathan Matthews and Andy Rowell
SpinWatch, March 8 2007
You may have thought the long debate over whether humans are warming the Earth was finally
over, especially given the recent warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
But today Channel 4 will screen “The Great Global Warming Swindle”, a documentary which
claims accepted theories about global warming are 'lies'.
The programme's director is Martin Durkin, who first came to fame in 1997 with a series for
Channel 4 called Against Nature , which targeted environmentalists. Against Nature presented
them as not just 'the new enemy of science' but as comparable to the Nazis and responsible for
the deprivation and death of millions in the Third World.
Channel Four had to broadcast a prime-time apology after Against Nature drew the wrath of the
Independent Television Commission which ruled that the editing of the interviews with
environmentalists 'had indeed distorted or misrepresented their known views. It was also found
that the production company had misled them... as to the format, subject matter and purpose of
Durkin's hidden agenda and controversial methods didn't stop Channel 4 making further use of
his services, as Private Eye noted, 'What does Channel 4 do with programme makers
condemned by the TV watchdog, the Independent Television Commission (ITC), for using
underhand editing techniques? The answer is, er, hire them to make another programme.''
'Modified Truth: The Rise and Fall of GM' was broadcast in March 2000. It presented GM food
as perfectly safe and as much needed to feed the starving in the Third World. Dr Tewolde
Gebre Egziaber, Head of the Ethiopian Government's Environmental Protection Authority, was
among multiple signatories from the Third World who complained in a joint letter that the
programme was actually a propaganda vehicle.
Contributors to another Durkin-directed Equinox programme about breast implants were equally
unhappy with Durkin: 'We were totally and unequivocally misled as to the intent and content of
that piece.' Durkin's proposal for the programme had earlier been rejected by the BBC because
it 'ignored a powerful body of evidence contradicting his [Durkin's] claims'. A researcher hired to
help Durkin make the Equinox programme resigned because, 'my research was being ignored.
The published research had been construed to give an impression that's not the case. I don't
know how that programme got passed.'
As for the scientists presented as “experts” in the programme, they include many leading
climate sceptics. Some like Lord Lawson of Blaby, have no scientific expertise in this field.
Others like Piers Corbyn and Philip Stott are known mavericks, whereas the oil-industry funded
skeptics such as Professor Lindzen and Patrick Michaels are also there. Others like Paul
Driessen are key players in the right-wing “Wise Use” movement in the US.