Lloyd is just the pits as an environment "journalist", and has been for years. Look at the ridiculous way he frames the matter of one low temperature reading discrepancy noted by a "bush meteorologist":
Yes, by Right wing culture warrior idiots who believe that deliberate conspiracy within weather bureaus and scientific organisations is a more credible explanation more than CO2 is causing temperature increases.BoM strongly rejects any suggestion of manipulation.Nonetheless, the handling of temperature data is a red-hot issue with claims and counterclaims dogging the world’s premier meteorological agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA in the US, and Britain’s Met Office.Reports of the latest controversy at BoM have quickly and widely circulated around the world.
To disbelieve AGW now is just a special branch of conspiracy belief, and has been for some time.
And why can otherwise functioning people not recognize that they are being conned by a mere handful of contrarian amateurs into believing conspiracy?
Update: Nick Stokes made a comment at WUWT, where the foolish are hi-fiving each other about how this is another wound to the climate change conspiracy: