* updated:What a difference a couple of months and a horrific disaster makes
Keith Baldrey October 2019: ” Nothing could be further from the truth ” that hes against the oil and gas industry.
Keith Baldrey January 2, 2020, as Australia burns, he calls out ExxonMobil + oil industry for major cause of climate change contributing to extreme fires.
Amazing what a couple months will do to change perspectives hey?
“I think part of the problem is that journalists are being torn by two competing values right now. The first is our job to tell the truth. We are, over and above anything else, society’s professional truth-seekers and truth-tellers. But the second value that we think is important is appearing unbiased, because if we appear unbiased then people will believe that we are telling the truth.
I think what’s happened here is that large swaths of society, including entire political parties and governments as well as voters, don’t believe in the truth. And so by telling the truth, to those individuals we appear to be biased.
For my own part, I think that the truth is a higher value….”
**updated 3 pm Jan 3, 2020: Keith Baldrey deletes tweet staging oil and gas industry major cause of climate change. That bit of conscience didn’t last long...🙄
Here is a shot of a response to his tweet he retweeted (?),showing his original tweet is unavailable
And this shows his tweet is gone.
I shouldn’t be surprised he deleted it. He likely took a lot of heat from the industry, and who knows who else. But in an era with so much uncertainty, and so many disasters related to or exacerbated by climate change around the world, what exactly does he stand for, if not this?
I leave you with another excerpt from Sean Holmans interview link above:
“…at Postmedia they’re currently trying to get work with the Alberta government to help support their energy war room. That’s the war room that is designed to essentially suppress truthful information about climate change and the impact of the oil sands. A journalist working for Postmedia might think twice about going hard on that particular issue if their own company is trying to ally itself with people who don’t believe that climate change is an important issue.
The question that we have to ask ourselves as journalists is how much do we go out of our way to cater to segments of our audience that don’t believe the truth.– Sean Holman