New York Times‘ climate change reporter Andrew Revkin is taking a buyout from his employer after a tough year, the Columbia Journalism Review‘s website (12/14/09) reports. Revkin, whom CJR‘s Christine Russell describes as “one of the most influential and respected reporters on the environment,” says that 2009 “has been the hardest year IÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢ve experienced on this beat”–in part because
Revkin has increasingly found himself–and his paperÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s coverage–the target of critics on both the right and the left, particularly in the often vitriolic blogosphere. He described himself as “an advocate for scientific reality,” not for either side of the debate.
“The right,” in this sense, means people who dispute the idea that humans are causing global climate change, whereas “the left” means people who affirm that we are–in other words, people who believe in scientific reality. Revkin’s willingness to pretend that science is not on one side of the debate explains a lot of the criticism he’s taken lately from pro-science bloggers.