The day before yesterday, with approval of the author, I promoted a comment to an article, which needed very little introduction. Anthony Watts had already publicly accused the NOAA of fraud, and of lying. In an email to Dr Peterson he went one further and accused Dr Peterson and his colleagues of fraud and prostitution. [See also addendum below.]
I just noticed a very long Twitter exchange in which Anthony Watts is trying to perversely twist around his own accusation of fraud, and claim that it is Dr Peterson who is "sliming" Anthony Watts. And apparently I also "slimed" Anthony by hosting his comment, despite saying very little about it. Anthony's email said it all. Here's his email again - this time I'll emphasise his allegations in bold italics:
Dear Dr. Peterson,
This latest paper, Karl et al. 2015 is an embarrassment to science. It epitomizes president Eisenhower’s second warning in his farewell address about science and politics becoming hopelessly intertwined, and thus corrupted.
In my last telephone conversation with you, I stated (paraphrasing) that “I believe you folks aren’t doing anything fraudulent, but you are doing what you feel is correct science in what you believe is a correct way”.
After seeing the desperate tricks pulled in Karl 2015 to erase “the pause” via data manipulation, I no longer hold that opinion. You needed it to go away, so you prostituted yourselves, perhaps at the direction of higher ups.
This will be NCDC’s Waterloo, and will backfire on all of you terribly on the world stage. Take a lesson from Yamamoto’s own observation after he bombed Pearl Harbor. Take a lesson from what is on WUWT today.
How sad for you all.
cc: [undisclosed recipients]
Here are two of Anthony's tweets, in which Anthony is claiming that it is Dr Peterson doing the "sliming" - contrast Anthony's latest accusation with Dr Peterson's calm and considered reply to him (any other person would probably have dropped Anthony's email into the "crank" folder). Yet Anthony tries to claim it was a "slime"!
@Corpus_no_Logos @richardabetts @tomcarlpeterson 3/3 Letter to Peterson was about loss of trust, and he slimed me again. Proving my point.— Watts Up With That (@wattsupwiththat) June 7, 2015
@Corpus_no_Logos @shubclimate @tomcarlpeterson @richardabetts 2/2 See my reply. Tom decided to go full slime instead. pic.twitter.com/5ME8Q51IPr— Watts Up With That (@wattsupwiththat) June 7, 2015
In his next one, it's me - even though I made almost no comment about the email (apart from pointing out Anthony's conspiracy ideation). Anthony was slimed entirely by his own words. He slimed himself.
@Corpus_no_Logos @shubclimate @tomcarlpeterson @richardabetts Tom replied, I said I'd consider/investigate. Sou slimed never got chance FAIL— Watts Up With That (@wattsupwiththat) June 7, 2015
Anthony didn't approach Dr Peterson until after he'd already accused the NOAA of fraud and lying. When Anthony did finally approach him, he accused Dr Peterson and his colleagues of fraud and prostitution.
Dr Peterson gave Anthony plenty of time to "consider" but Anthony didn't do so. So far Anthony has posted 13 articles about the paper (12 listed here plus one more since), most of which imply or directly accuse the scientists of incompetence and/or fraud. And Anthony sulks that it's he who is being "slimed"?
Tell me, how does that work?
Anthony seems to think that proof that he's an upright citizen is that Bill McKibben invited him to lunch. It's not. (Remember how Anthony treated Richard Betts and Tamsin Edwards.) In fact, going by the date stamps, Anthony shot the above attack email off to Dr Peterson just before he swanned off, holier than thou, to lunch with Bill McKibben. (I wonder who paid for the lunch?)
Remember too, that evidence suggests that the main purpose of WUWT is to mock science and try to belittle scientists - and worse. This Twitter exchange provides further insight into how disinformers twist and turn and squirm and then attack, when someone shines a light on their false claims and their arguably defamatory allegations.
I don't particularly want to get into a dog fight (or wrestle with pigs), but that tweet conversation was so remarkable that I decided to share it. (Perhaps someone will tell Bill McKibben about how Anthony is (ab)using his lunch invitation to claim piety and sainthood - the reference to "see my latest")
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Addendum - Publishing private emails has been WUWT policy since 13 May 2015
Apart from Anthony's ridiculous claim about "loss of trust" after Anthony accused Dr Peterson of fraud and prostitution, there is another point some people might not be aware of.
Anthony Watts can't argue that the email should have been kept private without exposing his double standards. In a WUWT article from less than a month ago - posted on 13 May 2015, Anthony Watts announced a policy of publishing private emails he receives - with email addresses and all (archived here):
Hump day hilarity: WUWT’s new policy on hate mail – your hate mail will be published
In that article he not only posted the email, he posted the email address of the sender, too. (Posting email addresses etc is against HotWhopper policy).
References and further reading
If you missed all the fuss and want to know what it's about, there's a description of the work and the main findings in the first article listed below, with links to the paper, related work, and other articles about it. The second link is to an email comment by one of the authors, Dr Tom Peterson, with an interesting comment about the background to the work, from Dr Peter Thorne:
- NOAA: No pause in the global surface temperature - main article describing the NOAA paper (Karl15) published in Science
- The perversity of deniers - and the "pause" that never was with Tom Peterson - Anthony Watts' email with the full response from Tom Peterson
- Pausing for a dozen protests at WUWT - summary of a dozen WUWT protests
- NOAA global temperature paper prompts a torrent of paranoid conspiracies at WUWT
- No pause in the frenzy of denial: at WUWT
- No pause in the frenzy of denial: S. Fred Singer
- Anthony Watts alleges fraud by the NOAA - Anthony's pre-embargo announcement "preparing the ground" and his first allegation of fraud