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An interesting bit of intelligence from a correspondent: Steve Jones is a close friend of Chris Huhne's.

So when the BBC were casting around for someone to look at impartiality in the BBC's science output they picked a man whose wife worked for the BBC and who was pals with the deep-green climate change secretary of the time. I guess he ticked every box.


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Prof Jones owes his media profile, and his wealth, directly to the BBC. He is their man or nothing (like Brian Cox). They plucked him from obscurity (a rare appearance on Science Now) and gave him the 1990 Reith Lectures, then on radio. 'The Language of the Genes' was the result and the book deals followed and a very lucrative regular column in the Telegraph (or rather a regular rather boring column). The BBC own him. Jones is anything but impartial, and as we have seen, knows nothing about the climate debate or about journalism. He is not even a very good scientist but then again, most scientists aren't. He was therefore an ideal candidate for an 'independent' review by a controlling BBC management. But even they, as we see in Mellor's lecture, could not spin away the central fact about BBC science journalism - that 75% of it is a straight lift from press releases.

What with this and 28Gate the BBC is quite a piece of work isn't it?

Dec 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Chris Huhne: The proven liar.

Dec 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

I usually scan the Guardian to see what the "Alternative" view of the world is. I'm finding it more & more difficult each day as I see Huhne's handsome face looking out at me promulgating another utterly unbelievable view of the world. Shameless.

Dec 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohnOfEnfield

Not really , it was always going to be a 'safe pair hands ' the BBC went for , after the infamous '28 meeting ' the policy for covering AGW has been sent due 'alarmist' for the next few years .
Like the other cheek of the same arse , the Guardian , it will take a change in key personal before you see change towards honest coverage of this subject .
You just have to accept that for this area if you want to see balance and good journalism you will need to look in other places.

Dec 30, 2013 at 9:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterKnR

It seems that this Professor is as mundane as his namesake at UEA.

Dec 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

Snail expert and a jail expert.

Dec 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterTrefor Jones

It seems to me as though they both bought copies of "Self Esteem for Dummies".

Dec 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM | Unregistered Commentergeronimo

On a point of terminology: IIRC the term 'deep green' is usually taken to be synonymous with 'deep-ecology'/'deep ecologist'. I doubt that ex-City gent Huhne really passes muster as a deep-ecology "biocentrist", certainly not in the estimation of the deep Greens themselves.

Dec 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Unregistered Commenteranonym

Anonym 12:07 30 Dec

Quite right: to any self-respecting "deep green", the best use for Chris Huhne would be as mulch on the vegetable patch (along with the rest of us). But only after his usefulness as an idiot has been exhausted.

Dec 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterHamish McCallum

I wonder what little points-and-savile-like favours Huhne and the BBC have over Jones? Given that Jones chose not to include key information provided by his researcher in the report - perhaps the BBC need another report. Is the chap recently involved with the COOP bank available?

Dec 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

BBC suck up to a then government minister .Got to protect the license fee some how

Dec 30, 2013 at 6:07 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

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