The NRO has appologized for the reporting and editing surrounding W. Thomas Smith’s recent trip to Lebanon. But in reading their appology, it struck me that it could apply to nearly all global warming reporting. Let me show you:
Having reviewed his work, we cannot vouch for the accuracy of his reporting. In general, too much of [the reporter’s] information came from sources who had an incentive to exaggerate the threat [global warming poses to the world] — and these sources influenced his reporting for the whole of his trip. While we agree that that threat is very real, our readers should have had more information about [the reporter]’s sources so that they could have better evaluated the credibility of the information he was providing.
I apologize to all of our readers. We should have required [the reporter] to clearly source all of his original reporting from [Bali]. [The reporter] let himself become susceptible to spin by those [advocating the catastrophist global warming position], so his reporting from there should be read with that knowledge. (We are attaching this note to all his [global warming] reporting.) This was an editing failure as much as it was a reporting failure. We let him down, and we let you down, and we’re taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.