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The masterfully crafted jargon and haziness in a statement issued Wednesday by the Group of Eight leaders and their counterparts from eight other major greenhouse gas emitters left even newspapers bamboozled on what actually took place in Toyako, Hokkaido.

The confusion was so profound that major newspapers were split in the evening edition’s lead headlines, some reporting failed talks between the G8 and emerging economies and others calling the negotiations a success.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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