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Sunday, April 6, 2014
WND's Corsi Cranks Out Lazy Journalism
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Bob Unruh is not the only lazy reporter at WorldNetDaily. Jerome Corsi puts in his bid for stenography in an April 3 WND article touting how a "prominent environmental scientist" has denied the existence of global warming.

But Corsi did no reporting work of his own; all he did was rewrite an article that originally appeared in an British newspaper, with embellishments stolen from the Marc Morano-operated denier website Climate Depot.

But even as stenography goes, Corsi's is not very good. For instance, the person in question, Leslie Woodcock, is not an "environmental scientist," let alone the "climate scientist" the headline of Corsi's article claims he is. As Corsi himself notes, Woodcock's training is in chemical thermodynamics, which is not an environmental or climate science and, thus, should disqualify him from being taken seriously on the issue of climate change.

Corsi also studiously cribs Climate Depot's claim that Woodcock has "more than 70 published journal papers," but if you click on the hyperlink Climate Depot uses to support the claim, it goes to a single entry. And even if you follow the link at the bottom of the page for more content by Woodcock, it displays only three items, none of which appear to have anything to do with climate science.

Climate Depot's claim apparently comes from a bio of Woodcock, but even then, some of the examples listed are clearly marked as letters or other correspondence, not research.

Corsi, Climate Depot and the British newspaper all portray Woodcock as a former NASA researcher, but it's never substantiated, and even the bio of Woodcock Climate Depot cites makes no mention of it.

Corsi also references how Woodcock once received a "Max Plank Society Visiting Fellowship"; Corsi's stenography failed him again, because the organization is actually spelled the Max Planck Society.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:06 AM EDT

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