Pay no attention to the contradiction behind the curtain.
Hard to miss the PBS NewsHour’s assertion about a ‘global warming scientific consensus’ in the recent broadcast they had featuring Anthony Watts:
SPENCER MICHELS: But the fight over climate change is anything but academic. Whether the politicians listen to the 97 percent of scientists who say that it is real or they pay attention to the vocal community of skeptics will determine to a large extent what regulations and what laws get passed.
Yet, in regard to the then-hot story almost exactly one year earlier that neutrinos might traveling faster than the speed of light, the NewsHour’s newswrap segment concluded with this statement:
… There was word today that a bedrock assumption of physics may be in jeopardy. Scientists in Europe reported they have clocked subatomic particles, called neutrinos, going faster than the speed of light, [...] The researchers said, if the findings check out, it will force a fundamental reassessment of modern physics.
So, viewers of the program were given the unmistakable impression that a plausible singular report is capable of overturning 100 years of widespread acceptance of a particular science theory. Capable of overturning a consensus, in other words.
We are left to wonder how the NewsHour is able to explain the appearance that they were doubtful of consensus opinion validating specific scientific conclusions before they were certain it does.