This week it was a column by right-wing journalist Margaret Wente, who misrepresented and “radically misconstrued” comments made by British environmentalist George Monbiot.
Monbiot has since corrected Wente's version of the facts:
Margaret Wente's column, in which she claims to summarize and support two articles of mine, contains a number of outrageous misrepresentations and distortions. She suggests I said that environmentalists "don't understand the science and they don't understand the economics." I've said nothing of the kind.This is quite a fall for the award winning journalist, who once gave a lecture entitled; Lies, damn lies, and journalism: how the media misinform the public.
She also claims that I am Elizabeth May's "biggest critic." If so, May has little to worry about. I am a great admirer of hers, and I'm delighted that she is now a member of parliament. I am sure that, like Caroline Lucas, the sole Green MP in the UK, she will do an excellent job of holding the government to account, and will enrich the political life of the nation. Her "biggest critic" has never said a word against her.
Yes Margaret. Lies, damn lies. I guess it's now OK to try to misinform the public. Maybe Media Culpa should look into a few more of your columns, since clearly you believe it's now OK to just make stuff up.