And give him your feedback
UPDATE: Gelbspan is responding to comments, so please keep them coming! And enjoy this rare dialogue with a true legend of climate reporting.
Investigative journalist Ross Gelbspan has a new video out — and is very much interested in your feedback on it.
While I’ve been writing about climate and clean energy for two decades, Gelbspan is one of the main reasons I’ve focused so much attention on both the anti-science disinformation campaign and the flawed media coverage of global warming — two areas he has done pioneering work for more than a decade (see his website, The Heat is Online).
But what I didn’t realize until a recent e-mail is that I met him more than three decades ago.
Apparently he had been offered the editorship of a couple of small-town newspapers, and came to my small hometown to talk to my father about his experience running The Times Herald-Record. So I have zero degrees of separation with Gelbspan. Ultimately, he stayed with big newspapers, and for that we can all be grateful.
I wrote about his work in my book, Hell and High Water, which I have quoted many times on CP, most recently last week: “The non-blizzard of 2009 and why the anti-science disinformers try to shout down any talk of a link between climate change and extreme weather.”
Since he took on the fossil-fuel funded disinformers, he has been smeared by them, because, well, that’s what they do. One of their favorite — and inane — targets is his role in winning a Pulitzer Prize. As his website notes:
In 1979, the Boston Globe hired Gelbspan as a senior editor. In his capacity as special projects editor, he conceived, directed and edited a series of articles on job discrimination against African-Americans in Boston-area corporations, universities, unions, newspapers and state and city government. The series won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984.
The disinformers went after Gelbspan on his key role in this Prize-winning work — but I’m not going to repeat their character assassination here. Gelbspan describes it on his website.
Watch the video and give him some feedback. I guarantee he will see every comment. Indeed, I suspect he’ll reply to some.