UPDATE: The discredited Anthony Watts, who consistently writes (or reposts) the most offensive pieces in the denialsphere, has outdone himself. In his effort to smear climate science realists, he actually got suckered into repeating the message of the most infamous and murderous terrorist in the world!
… Andrew W correctly gets your intention when he writes in a comment above:
“Good on you Anthony, we need to get a link going in peoples minds between Bin Laden and the likes of Romm and McKibben”….
Just as the British video deserves to be widely denounced, so too does Watts — both for the smear and for serving as a vessel for Bin Laden’s disinformation.
Earlier this year, Watts directly questioned the patriotism of both Tamino and Rabett (see “Peak readership for anti-science blogs?“) leading Tamino to write, “This just might be the most loathsome thing Watts has yet done with his blog.” Now Watts tries to link Bin Laden with the U.S. environmental movement — and he seems to think McKibben and I need to keep denouncing Bin Laden. I say keep denouncing because I’ve written about the trap Watts fell into before — see Limbaugh, Fox News suckered by Bin Laden into repeating his disinformation and message of hatred.
To repeat the obvious: Terrorists try very hard to spread their disinformation. A key goal is to get others to spread it for them, especially ones who are holed up in a cave somewhere. Thus terrorists craft their disinformation into a sensational message that they hope gullible members of the global media will repeat. In his post, Watts got suckered into repeating the message of the number one terrorist in the world.
What follows is the original post on the offensive UK video. The entire analysis has been vindicated by Watts’ recent post:
It is laughable for any of the anti-science, pro-pollution disinformers to attack the idiotic, offensive “No Pressure” video by the British 10:10 group but give a free pass to the lies and hate speech they routinely spout. You can safe ignore the comments or posts of anyone who hasn’t denounced people like
- the widely discredited Anthony Watts (with his utterly offensive comments on the purported eco-terrorist who was shot and killed by police and general disinformation)
- the Swift Boat smearer (see “UK Guardian slams Morano for cyber-bullying and for urging violence against climate scientists“); and
- worst of all, Lord Monckton (see Monckton repeats and expands on his charge that those who embrace climate science are “Hitler youth” and fascists).
Those folks maintain a noxious double standard: They can spread endless lies and smears and never apologize for a word of it, but are outraged at everything anyone else does, whether it is beyond tasteless crap like this “No Pressure” video, which actually deserves condemnation or, merely the IPCC Fourth Assessment, a science-based effort to inform the public on how to avoid misery and suffering for billions of humans, which contains a few small errors, but mostly downplays the multiple catastrophes humanity faces if we actually listen to the disinformers.
But the difference is that those who are trying to preserve a livable climate and hence the health and well-being of our children and billions of people this century quickly denounce the few offensive over-reaches of those who claim to share our goals “” but those trying to destroy a livable climate, well, for them lies and hate speech are the modus operandi, so such behavior is not only tolerated, but promoted.
Again, please keep the comments civil. This isn’t WUWT, which allows and indeed encourages the most vicious comments that smear people like Gore, Holdren and Hansen.
Note: The commenters from the anti-science side here — and Anthony Watts recent post discussed above — truly vindicate this analysis. Note how they try to equate the people behind a short offensive video that was quickly condemned and taken down — indeed equate the entire environmental movement — with one of the greatest mass murderers in human history and/or the most murderous terrorist of our times.
This post has been updated.