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BBC Deny Saying Denier!

January 13, 2015

By Paul Homewood  


Stewgreen passes on this comment on Bishop Hill, regarding complaints to the BBC:


@TerryS just shared this on Bishop-Hill
I sent them a FOI request asking for copies of any formal or informal guidance on the use of the term “denier”. I also asked for their definition of a “denier”. This is the response I got:
The information you have requested is out of scope of the Act. However, we are happy to explain there is no formal guidance on the use of the word “denier” in relation to climate change. I would be surprised if you had heard BBC presenters or correspondents referring to “deniers” except in circumstances when they are quoting remarks by other people. Generally we tend to refer in our output to “sceptics” because the word “denier” can be regarded in some circumstances as pejorative. I have done a search on the word and can only find it used by interviewees or people in the news.”
Since the BBC recognise that the term is a pejorative you should raise a formal complaint whenever you hear one of their presenters use it.



This is a very good point. Let’s all keep our ears and eyes open, and make sure that a complaint is raised every time the denier word is used.

  1. David Bains permalink
    January 13, 2015 2:07 pm

    I agree. The term is a disgraceful attempt to “holocaust” climate realism.
    But then the BBC have also been colluding with Milliminor to “weaponise” the NHS.
    Hard to believe we’re paying for this propaganda!!

  2. January 13, 2015 2:37 pm

    Radio4 Feedback 18/10/2013

  3. January 13, 2015 2:39 pm

    Richard Black 9 9 2011

  4. January 13, 2015 3:38 pm

    The BBC has become a propagandist organization, fairness is not part of their agenda, and neither is the search for the truth.

  5. antoniobianchini permalink
    January 13, 2015 6:31 pm

    This is good news if there will be some better chance for the heretics to talk to the agents of the Grand Inquisitor.

  6. January 13, 2015 7:00 pm

    On the radio now, just 4 hours after Paul made his post. The BBC presenter doesn’t use the term but the guests do.
    “GM Denier” “I am not like a climate denier”, “denier” used multiple times in this Massive slanging match between Mark Lynas and the whiney woman (Greenpeace ?) in the BBC Business Report

  7. January 14, 2015 1:00 pm

    They replied to me Dec 2013
    “The term ‘denier’ was addressed by David Jordan in the following week’s programme – when he accepted that it was a word that has taken on other connotations for some people because of its use in other contexts, and was probably best avoided by BBC reporters. However, it is not defamatory and we would not seek to prevent others from using it to describe people who reject the scientific consensus on climate change.”
    …is part of their reply to the Feedback complaint I made 2 months earlier !

  8. January 14, 2015 1:02 pm

    another eg
    “Thanks for contacting us regarding ‘The Life Scientific’ channel on 27 August on BBC Radio 4.
    We Understand you objected to the inclusion of the phrase ‘climate change denier’ and objected to a number of statements by Joanna Haigh about climate change, specifically about temperature increases and the use of computer models.
    Part of the interview with Joanna Haigh sought to address how she responds to those who dispute that global warming is man-made or to the extent that it is. Joanna went on to explain and defend why she prefers the term ‘denier’ to ‘sceptic’. It would be difficult to discuss the subject without referring to the phrase. Joanna did not at any point state or imply that such people were lying as you suggest. This term is widely used and understood, and we feel is accurate to describe those who deny or dismiss the scientific consensus on the extent of global warming or the human contribution to it. The BBC is committed to impartial and balanced coverage when it comes to the issue of climate change.”
    “As Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Imperial College we felt Joanna Haigh was qualified to discuss the subject. We made no editorial comment or judgement on the views she expressed, and appreciate, as was made clear in the programme, that people hold different opinons on the subject. Joanna herself discussed the great divergence of opinion and debate among scientists themselves on any issue. We do aim to ensure that we also offer time to dissenting voices across our programming.”

  9. January 14, 2015 1:17 pm

    Alex Cull would be able to tell you from his transcripts of some occasions when it was used.
    – BBC Eco warrior managers replaced the good sensible progs with progs made with people who are eco-warriors
    so I have heard the word denier on :
    BBC Inside Science by Adam Rutherford example on BH
    Science in Action with Jack Stewart (formerly John Stewart)
    and 5 Live Science with Chris Smith
    Dr Karl (5 Live) is a former Green Party candidate and well known for pushing CC on air
    – Since I can’t bear to listen to these progs any more I cant list other occasions when they used the word

  10. January 14, 2015 2:07 pm

    Oh I forgot list more times the BBC used the denier word, here on BH


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