I seriously believe we should kick them while they’re down. They deserve to be publicly flogged.
Morano has never repudiated those remarks and he’s been widely criticized, including by British journalist Leo Hickman (see “UK Guardian slams Morano for cyber-bullying and for urging violence against climate scientists“).
Hickman posted a comment yesterday on the Guardian website imploring Morano to stop:
I would like to add that I saw a direct and clear rise in abusive/threatening emails the moment Climate Depot published my own address in response to my article about the messages [Stephen] Schneider had received. It is an ugly tactic and I for one would dearly like Climate Depot to put an end to it. Over to you, Mr Morano.
Morano’s reponse was to proudly and defiantly ratchet up the rhetoric:
Even now, Morano cheers on a ‘hostile’ reaction to scientists. Also, the meaning of the “ground zero” reference in this context seems pretty clear — and quite inappropriate.
Note that Hickman was not linking ClimateDepot to the massacre. That is an utterly false charge.
And speaking of utterly false charges, Morano posted this on his front page:
First, while Morano wants us to believe this is some sort of independent “reaction,” if you follow the link it goes to a post by the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) Europe. In DC, CFACT pays Morano $110,000 a year.
Second, CFACT has fabricated the ‘Nazi’ smear in the most perverse way. The CFACT post claims The Guardian reporter went
so far as to label those he disagrees with “climate Nazis‘ which apparently includes CFACT’s Climate Depot.
But if you were to actually follow the link to The Guardian post, you’d find this:
The scientists revealed they have been told to “go gargle razor blades” and have been described as “Nazi climate murderers”. Some emails have been sent to them without any attempt by the sender to disguise their identity. Even though the scientists have received advice from the FBI, the local police say they are not able to act due to the near-total tolerance of “freedom of speech” in the US.
[The late climate scientist Stephen] Schneider described his attackers as “cowards” and said he had observed an “immediate, noticeable rise” in emails whenever climate scientists were attacked by prominent right-wing US commentators, such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
The Guardian‘s point is that it’s the anti-science cyber-bullies who have been calling climate scientists “Nazis” — not the other way around.
Morano was “among the first reporters to write about the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign” and was “previously known as Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Man in Washington,’ as reporter and producer for the Rush Limbaugh Television Show.” He has never changed or repudiated his tactics and deserves to be widely condemned.