Saturday, February 6, 2010

Murdoch clarifies position on environment: Keith Johnson and Graham Readfearn stop green blogging

"... And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about you, wonder what went wrong ..."

'Summer of '69', Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance [1984]

The 'Columbia Journalism Review' reports:

After a mere two-year run, The Wall Street Journal has, for some inexplicable reason—or, rather, for some reason it refuses to explain—canceled its highly regarded energy blog, Environmental Capital.

Three weeks ago, the blog’s lead author, Keith Johnson, unexpectedly posted a short entry announcing that Environmental Capital was “closing its virtual doors” after more than 2,000 posts. The decision apparently came as a surprise to Journal staffers.

“As a matter of policy we don’t discuss editorial decisions, but we remain committed to covering environmental business issues in our news pages,” Dow Jones spokesman Robert Christie told CJR in an e-mail. ...

Co-incidentally, the Brisbane Murdoch's "green blogger", who recently participated in a debate against Lord Monckton, posted on February 3 that he had resigned.

One could speculate for hours why a local wasn't hired by the 'Courier-Mail' to blog on environmental issues, but what would that do?

In Queensand, coal is king and anthropogenic climate change no longer exists.

Murdoch has made his position clear.

Therefore, instead of journalism which uncovers the machinations and dirty business behind the world's largest coal exporter, expect to see more headlines like this:

Job Job Job: Palmer, Bligh in 69 deal

or this:

LNP may have lost the war, but in opposition they've won the peace!

Will you allow this rubbish to continue unchallenged?

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