Jonathan Leake

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Jonathan Leake is Science and Environment Editor for the Murdoch-owned London Sunday Times; his sources frequently report that their views were misrepresented.


Leake's age and academic and other background prior to 1995 are unclear.

He was already writing for the Sunday Times in 1995, and was made "science editor" sometime prior to May 2001, at which point a reshuffle was announced, making him "science and environment editor".[1]

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  1. (unknown) (2001-05-25). Shake-up at Sunday Times -. Press Gazette. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “The Sunday Times will have a major reshuffle which sees the Insight team with a new editor, young talent brought on and rewards for other journalists. Former Insight editor David Leppard, who has had four successful years as head of the investigations team, will become assistant editor, home affairs, and his deputy, Paul Nuki, moves to the newsdesk as deputy news editor. ... Jonathan Leake adds environment to his brief as science editor...”
  2. Tim Lambert (2010-02-15). Leakegate: Jonathan Leake caught misrepresenting another scientist : Deltoid. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-02-18.
  3. Tim Lambert (2010-02-04). Leakegate. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “Leake deliberately concealed the fact that Dan Nepstad, the author of the 1999 Nature paper cited as evidence for the claim about the vulnerability of the Amazon had replied to Leake's query and informed him the claim was basically correct”
  4. Ben Goldacre (2009-06-19). Behind the curtains. Bad Science. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “The Times goes further. It suggests that the poles flipping is due to the movement of water in the oceans.... I contacted Prof Ryskin: he says he does not think his ocean theory explains the flip.”
  5. Ben Goldacre (2009-09-19). Correction. Bad Science. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “Reporter Jonathan Leake told me that Prof Ryskin had approved his copy. In fact this was untrue...”
  6. Bruce M. Hood (2009-09-08). I never said…..Update. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “bloggers and commentators have completely misunderstood my position and the ideas I am proposing...most of the articles in the press are based on the original article in The Sunday Times by Jonathan Leake and Andrew Sniderman. ... Jonathan thanked me and said that he would run the piece past me on Saturday for my approval. He didn’t. ...Jonathan was very quick to respond to my initial complaint back when this was first posted and an updated article was posted online. So I have no complaint...”
  7. Carl Bialik (2009-04-22). Facebook Research Needs Further Study. Wall Street Journal - Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “Aryn Karpinski, a doctoral student in education at Ohio State, and Adam Duberstein, an academic adviser at Ohio Dominican University, didn't examine the influence of Facebook on grades. Facebook may be a symptom of a big procrastination habit, not a cause. ...The researchers say they, too, were troubled by some of the coverage. Ms. Karpinski and Earle Holland, Ohio State's assistant vice president for research communications, criticized a report from the Sunday Times of London...”
  8. Tim Lambert (2010-02-18). Leakegate: Introducing the Jonathan Leake game. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “Here's a game you can play at home. All you need is a search engine....”
  9. Tim Lambert (2009-02-18). Leakegate: Yes, Leake was responsible for that bogus story about the carbon footprint of Google. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “...So by a "Google search", Leake meant 35 Google searches...”
  10. Tim Lambert (2010-02-16). Leakegate: Leake verballed Richard Dawkins : Deltoid. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-02-18. “If you think his misrepresentations about what climate scientists told him were bad, check out what Jonathan Leake did to Richard Dawkins...”
  11. Tim Lambert (2010-02-20). Leakegate: How Jonathan Leake concocted 'Africagate' :. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-02-22. “North concedes that official government reports are legitimate sources for the IPCC ... [but] This, too, is not reported by Leake.”
  12. Tim Lambert (2010-02-16). Leakegate scandal gets bigger : Deltoid. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-02-18.

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