In the end, it is really how you make the spin to advance your theories. No fact checking necessary.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer had a news report saying that this year could be the warmest in recent history. Obviously to put forward the theory of anthropogenic global warming and climate change.
But according to an analysis, the NOAA may be guilty of problems concerning "data quality and data manipulation".
It is clear from the following sections that NOAA performs manipulations to create false impressions from the data, including assigning temperature increases were there is zero data.
Also H/T: Public Secrets
BTW, The One's altern now, Sen. Kerry has met with some power industry people in the US, behind closed doors, before an expected push for cap and trade. That's transparency for the most transparent US gov't. Business as usual in DC.