Post, Palin Skewered for Climate Op-Ed

'Climategate' piece slammed for dismissing science
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 4:10 AM CST
Updated Dec 9, 2009 6:15 AM CST
Sarah Palin greets the crowd during a rally in Missouri last year.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – The Washington Post's decision to run an op-ed piece by Sarah Palin on the "Climategate" emails is attracting almost as much derision as Palin's call for President Obama to boycott the Copenhagen conference, the Huffington Post notes. Here's an attitude roundup:

  • Palin was "looking for a way to inject herself into this and found it," writes Marc Ambinder, who dissects the piece paragraph by paragraph in a highly critical "annotated" version at the Atlantic.

  • Scientific consensus on climate change now appears to represent "the radical environmental movement" to Palin, writes Mark Silva at the Chicago Tribune, noting that she was singing a different tune on the campaign trail last year.
  • "What use is the Washington Post?" asks Tim Lambert at Science Blogs, complaining that even the links embedded in Palin's piece contradict her claim that there is no consensus on global warming. "If they are not going to do even the most perfunctory fact checking on the stuff they publish, what value do they add?"
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