When a totally false scandal breaks out based on a clear crime (breaking into, stealing, and publishing portions of scientist’s emails in a way as to frame them) and climate scientists are the victims, the media and public jump all over it (in completely the wrong way).
When, however, one of climate deniers’ prize reports is found to have been largely plagiarized (not to mention seriously flawed), no one seems to care.
As you may (or may not) have heard, the Wegman Report, a key report attacking the “hockey stick graph” and leading climate scientists, in general, was found to be based on plagiarized material (and was also found to be seriously flawed, scientifically). The report has now been retracted by the journal that published it, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. Here’s a good finding, too:
“Documents requested by Vergano appear to show that the paper was accepted five days after submission by an editor who was a personal friend of Wegman’s, an irony given that the study was about the nefarious influence of social networks.”
“The editor in question claims that more extensive review must have taken place, but the records were destroyed during an office move.”
Meanwhile, a real “researcher in the field of social network analysis is quoted as dismissing the Wegman paper as more of an ‘opinion piece.'”
Exactly, an unsubstantiated, non-scientific opinion piece, the hallmark of global warming deniers. And this “leading” denier report, why is it not a major scandal the media is feverishly covering? Well, of course, because what else can we expect from that side of the topic — there is nothing new there. And it doesn’t break the widely held view that global warming is true, something the mass media (and almost all of us, to be quite honest) wish were not true.
- Climategate: One More Investigation, Still No Basis for Accusations of Misconduct
- The Real Climategate Crime
- 2010 Climate B.S. of the Year Award
Image & caption at top via Wired