The Rinehart dig at climate journalism

Key players in the resources sector, led by Gina Rinehart, are penetrating Australia’s media industry – so what does it mean for climate change journalism?

At a time when Gina Rinehart is fighting an uphill battle for control at Fairfax, looking to get the controversial Alpha Coal project to clear environmental guidelines, squabbling with her children in court and looking to open her first mine in her own right, the mining magnate has found space in her schedule to lambast climate change journalism in Australia.

In a letter responding to questions raised on the ABC’s Four Corners program earlier this week, the head of Hancock Prospecting contended the media was guilty of publishing “climate extremists’” views and ignoring facts.

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