In “Global Warming Propaganda Factory” American Thinker, (Aug. 03, 2007) Christopher J. Alleva describes how the “Society for Environmental Journalists” providesÃ‚Â Climate change: A guide to the information and disinformation. Alleva observes:
“Except for the seventh chapter titled with the freighted descriptive: “Deniers, Dissenters and Skeptics“, the guide is a one sided presentation that resoundingly affirms global warming and puts down anyone with a different point of view. The site is a virtual digest of the global warming industry. If you’re looking for a road map to the special interest groups behind the hysteria, this is the place to go. The journalist members of this association have obviously abandoned all pretense of objectivity.”
The Society of Professional Journalists provides a major emphasis on ethics, and publishes its code of ethics including: “Journalists should:
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Always question sourcesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context. . . .
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.. . .
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context. . . .”
The SEJ commendably states its Mission:
“The mission of the Society of Environmental Journalists is to advance public understanding of environmental issues by improving the quality, accuracy, and visibility of environmental reporting.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Towards that end, SEJ provides critical support to journalists of all media in their efforts to cover complex issues of the environment responsibly.”
Does SEJ uphold the SPJÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s code of ethics? (SEJ apparently has no published “code of ethics”. )
Would SPJÃ‚Â consider SEJ’s Climate change guide to meet SPJ’sÃ‚Â code of ethics?
Will SEJ acknowledgeÃ‚Â that Alleva’s review is accurate and revise its guide, or lump Alleva in with the Deniers?