I always like it when upholders of the scientific consensus hold a debate, because they never fail to give us the opportunity to have a good old laugh at them. Take this major event later this month when the Press Gazette is going to look at whether sceptics should be heard or not:
Chaired by Fiona Fox of the Science Media Centre it will ask whether it is time for journalists to rewrite the ethical rulebook and simply acknowledge a few scientific truths.
Among the panelists are broadcaster and geneticist Professor Steve Jones who published a report for the BBC Trust in 2011 in which he argued that the corporation gave too much weight to fringe scientific viewpoints on subjects such as climate change, GM crops and MMR.
The other panelists are:
BBC head of news programmes Ceri Thomas
Bob Ward – Policy and research director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change
Michael Hanlon – Science writer and author, former science editor of the Daily Mail.
Hanlon, for those who don't know, is the green guy at the Mail.
You have to laugh don't you? Truth as in Pravda, democracy as in the People's Democratic Republic of China, debate as in a Press Gazette debate.