Latest attack is aimed at Michael Mann, Richard Alley, Penn State
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I must apologize for the U.S.-centrism in my 2009 “Citizen Kane” awards for non-excellence in climate journalism. I left out James Delingpole and his “paper,” the UK’s Telegraph.
Delingpole makes George Will look like Walter Cronkite, and the Telegraph makes the Washington Post of the 2000s look like … the Washington Post of the 1970s. Delingpole is a self-described “libertarian conservative” who likes “recreational drugs” and Ronald Reagan — though he apparently hasn’t figured out that those two don’t actually go together. He says he dislikes “big government” but is in fact a stereotypical big-government conservative.
He’s the Glenn Beck of climate writers who puts out stuff like, “Build-a-bear: the sinister green plot to turn our kids into eco-fascist Manchurian candidates.” Seriously (see “Right wing bullies Build-A-Bear into removing videos about manmade climate change“).
Delingpole just published his latest screed, “Climategate: Michael Mann’s very unhappy New Year,” with the above lede. Evincing the glee of a middle-school bully, he describes the latest effort by the anti-science crowd to intimidate and harass climate scientists.
As science historian Spencer Weart said in November of Swifthack: “We’ve never before seen a set of people accuse an entire community of scientists of deliberate deception and other professional malfeasance. Even the tobacco companies never tried to slander legitimate cancer researchers.”
But they’ve gone beyond slander to outright harassment — see Competitive Enterprise Institute to sue RealClimate blogger over moderation policy and here where our top climatologist, NASA’s James Hansen, explains part of the strategy: