Accuracy in Media

I spent much of last week searching the e-mails of climate scientists after a hacker posted the revealing exchanges to the Internet. I used this search tool for my reporting. But now Pajamas Media and the Competitive Enterprise Institute have joined forces to offer their own database for pursuing angles to the “ClimateGate” story.

I haven’t tried the database yet, but the sales pitch is a good one:

Several others have already done this, but ours differs in that we are providing a comment section for readers to respond to the individual entries and a way to rank those entries (e-mails, data) according to interest level.

The ranking will allow the more pertinent items to come to the fore. The comment section will provide a forum for readers — particularly those of scientific and technical expertise — to analyze and explain the relevance of the various entries.

If the global warming community had embraced that kind of “open source” and interactive mentality, ClimateGate might never have happened.

The database also is noteworthy because it is a cooperative venture between a center-right new media operation and a free-market think tank. It shows how journalists and activists on the right can work together to advance both news and ideas often suppressed or ignored by the mainstream media.

I also joined Pajamas Media’s new ClimateGate group on Facebook over the weekend, and I recommend it to others who use the social network.

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