Monday, January 11, 2010

Is Rex Murphy another victim of climate change bigotry?

Tolerance of creeds, beliefs and opinions is, I would have thought, one of the cornerstones of a modern democracy. And one would think that tolerance of opinions would be a matter of everyday life within organizations that have flourished because of a second cornerstone of democracy, freedom of the press. But, apparently, major news media like the Globe and Mail see things differently.

“Question Period is a verbal equivalent of the World Wrestling Federation, all hype and confected theatrics. Members have as little regard for their own dignity, or for that of their opponents, as is possible to conceive. They dance with half-truths when it serves their purpose, launch reckless attacks on the first hint of scandal, play act to the cameras in and out of the House, manoeuvre and scheme and work the ropes at every opportunity.”

– Rex Murphy
National Post

In a thoughtful post over at Blue Like You, Joanne tells of the likelihood that “Rex Murphy’s jump from the Globe to the National Post was precipitated by his very unwelcome musings about Global Warming and Climategate.”

I find the speculation credible. One need only read the reaction of someone like Charlie Smith of Vancouver’s to understand the close-mindedness of climate change advocates. Smith writes: 

“The first thing I wrote [on how to improve the Globe and Mail] was ‘Less Rex Murphy, please’. I was tired of reading Murphy’s skepticism about the reality of climate change—a viewpoint we hear enough of in the National Post and other Canwest newspapers as well as on private radio stations.”

I will not dwell further on Smith’s adolescent comment, but as a regular reader of the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Sun and the National Post, there is no doubt in my mind that the two right-leaning newspapers are far fairer in their commentary than is the Globe and Mail, Canada’s self-styled national newspaper. And losing Rex Murphy is likely to further reinforce that impression.

Murphy kicked off his new affiliation with the National Post with an excellent piece on January 9. Not only was his commentary articulate, but it was thought-provoking and balanced. Many Globe readers will miss his contributions to the national debate.

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  1. Rex Murphy for Governor General

  2. Through his writing about climate change, Rex Murphy has not acted with journalistic integrity. Rex frequently uses false information, or more commonly leaves out important pieces of information, he erects 'straw man' arguments to knock down easily, and has demonstrated a categorical lack of real inquiry into the science or rational behind global warming. He deserves to be placed in the heap of low quality punditry, not for his political views, but for his total lack of journalistic skills. He is clearly an intelligent man, and I often wonder how he can ignore so much obvious and robust information to feed his denialistic rants. I'm glad he is now where he belongs... preaching to those who already have their fingers in their ears.