-- by Horatio Algeranon
The American media love a "scandal",
Because the truth is hard to handle.
While ice sheets melt and oceans rise
They dwell on Senator Inhofe's cries
Of "Massive Worldwide Science Fraud",
"Proved" by emails from abroad;
Of global warming as a "Giant Hoax"
Perpetrated by jamokes,
To maximize their research grants,
And dress in posh Armani pants.
A tale of villainy and intrigue,
Of climate scientists all in league;
Of "Nature tricks" and doctored graphs,
And taped up broken hockey staffs;
Of plots to hide the climate data,
Behind the lab refrigerator;
Of schemes to "rig" the Peer Review
And melt advancing glaciers too;
Of wagons circled with guns pointed out
And Phil Jones on his horse (no doubt);
Of all of this and much much more,
But isn't that what the media's for?
For a bit (just slightly) more context than the mainstream media have provided on this "scandal" (at least here in the US), Horatio suggests you read what Real Climate says here, here, and here. You may also want to read Nature's editorial on the issue.
The video found here also puts the emails at the center of the controversy into context.
And Jeff Masters provides some broader context in The Manufactured Doubt industry and the hacked email controversy:
Even if every bit of mud slung at these scientists were true, the body of scientific work supporting the theory of human-caused climate change--which spans hundreds of thousands of scientific papers written by tens of thousands of scientists in dozens of different scientific disciplines--is too vast to be budged by the flaws in the works of the three or four scientists being subject to the fiercest attacks. -- Jeff Masters (The Manufactured Doubt industry and the hacked email controversy)