Swift boat smearer Marc Morano, former denier-in-chief (DIC) for Sen. James Inhofe (R-OIL), is emailing around his bio and his new website to whatever members of the media are aching to tarnish their professional reputations. You can read that full bio in the Wonk Room post “Climate Depot Alert! Global Warming Denier Marc Morano Sets Up Shop! Now With Crazier Formatting!” — I can’t bring myself to inflict it on you.
And yet Swift Boat smearer Morano leaves out of his emailed bio that on May 3, 2004, he wrote the CNS article “Kerry ‘Unfit to be Commander-in-Chief,’ Say Former Military Colleagues” — a pack of lies ahead of its time! He leaves out his smearing of Murtha. He never mentions he was “previously known as Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Man in Washington,’ as reporter and producer for the Rush Limbaugh Television Show.” Isn’t this all first-paragraph-bio stuff for a right-winger? Well, thank heaven for SourceWatch.
So major media, if you think the research behind the widely repudiated Swift Boat smear was credible, if you think Rush Limbaugh’s rantings are credible, then, by all means, as Morano suggests, keep his name and info in your Rolodex (font, color in original):
For your on-air expert contributor talent files: Credentialed “Counter Guest” to popular global warming ideology
I will be taking a different tack. Morano is simply not part of the legitimate discussion about climate science and policy. Marc Morano is unquotable and uncitable.
Besides his penchant for smear, he just makes stuff up and misrepresents scientists’ work, as I (and others) have repeatedly shown (see, for instance, Scientist: “Our conclusions were misinterpreted” by Morano, CO2 “” but not the sun “” “is significantly correlated” with temperature since 1850 and Inhofe and Morano keep making stuff up, this time utterly misquoting Revkin on Hansen). See also ConWebWatch’s “Lies, Conservatives and Statistics: Marc Morano’s Fantasy.”
For a journalist, quoting or citing him as a source is the Swiftist way to smear your own reputation. For anyone other than a rightwing anti-scientific blogger, even linking to his new site ClimateDepot to debunk him gives him the attention and credibility he does not deserve.
I will not be linking to his website nor will I allow any links to his website to appear on this blog. It is conceivable that circumstances might arise where I refer to something Swift boat smearer Marc Morano has written, but I can’t imagine them right now.
Yes, I did debate Swift Boat smearer Morano recently — but I was filling in at the last minute as a favor. As readers know, I believe such debates are pointless if not counterproductive, since we have known for 25 centuries that debates are not won on the facts but by who is a better debater, which is to say, who understands the principles of rhetoric (see “Why scientists aren’t more persuasive, Part 2: Why deniers out-debate “smart talkers” and “Voodoo Economists 4: The idiocy of crowds or, rather, the idiocy of (crowded) debates“). In particular, it is very hard to win a debate against someone who just repeatedly makes stuff up.
Fortunately, Swift Boat smearer Morano isn’t a terribly good debater and really screwed up in the second half. While I am seriously out of practice, I’d say I did about as well as one can do. I am not going to post the links here, since I don’t view watching the debate as a productive use of your time — and ClimateProgress is all about saving you time by separating the wheat from the chaff — but you can find them on the not-so-Accuweather Blog here:
On one side we had Jim (sic) Romm of Climateprogress.org. Romm is also the former acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy under the Clinton Administration.
OK, Brett Anderson — or is that Brent or maybe Bratt — you don’t have to read my blog or know who the heck I am — but how about two seconds on Google? Or how about even listening to the debate you linked to? I was introduced, and then I think Morano used my name a dozen times. Still what do you expect from a guy who writes “Marc is well known on this blog and has posted comments here from time to time”?
I’d recommend not debating Swift Boat smearer Morano since he certain to make stuff up and smear you. If you do agree to debate him, please email me and I’d be happy to
- try to discourage you
- give you some tips on how to exploit his weaknesses.
After this post and the comments below, this blog will be a Morano-free zone.
Just say no!