The first thing to note is that, out of all the e-mails, the BBC has picked a single word, "trick," to discuss. They have done this because it is the easiest for Jones to defend. Then they proceed to let Jones offer his defense without a single interruption. Jones explains, correctly, that, in science, a "trick" is often a good thing. The professional trained journalists at the BBC fail to ask the obvious question: what was "the decline" that he was hiding and why? Also, they let him get away with a howler:
'Out of context'
At the time that the theft of the data was revealed climate sceptics picked up on the word "trick" in one e-mail from 1999 and talk of "hiding the decline".
Professor Jones said the e-mail was genuine but taken "completely out of context".
He released a copy of the actual e-email which reads: "I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline."
Professor Jones said: "The first thing to point out is that this refers to one diagram - not a scientific paper.
"The word 'trick' was used here colloquially as in a clever thing to do. It is ludicrous to suggest that it refers to anything untoward."
Professor Jones said: "The first thing to point out is that this refers to one diagram - not a scientific paper.That "one diagram" was not just any diagram. It was the centerpiece of global warmist propaganda. It, for example, appeared on the cover of the World Meteorological Organization's report (PDF): "WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 1999."
You can find excellent analyses of the ClimateGate e-mails that put the e-mails in much needed context but you won't find those analyses in the legacy media. You will find them on the web if, for example, you click here, here, here, here, or here.