Big Journalism Part II
Posted by Jeff Id on January 11, 2010
Patrick Courrielche of Big Journalism posted part II of climategate. Patrick, in a startlingly brash move, took the now unusual journalistic step of actually asking people what happened rather than just making it up. It probably took twice as much time as making it up would have. In addition, it’s probably more boring than fiction, but you actually get to hear a reasonably accurate account of the events which broke climategate. Call it a trade off.
I think you’ll find the article interesting.
On a related point, Dr. Gavin Shmidt left a comment in the middle of the article which deserves a shot in the nuts. Gavin has a serious personality disorder – in case you didn’t know ;). The main difference between Gavin and God is that God doesn’t think he’s Gavin. It seems to be a contagious problem amongst the RC crowd.
Anyway, this is what Dr. way too smart for us had to say.
When I asked Gavin Schmidt about whether this group has had any impact on the science, he responded, “On the science? No.” He continued, “There is an old joke about a professor reading over one of his not-so-promising student’s work: ‘This paper contains much that is novel and correct.’ [the professor] continues, ‘Unfortunately, that which is novel is not correct, and that which is correct is not novel.’ It fits the bill here.”
Does that mean Gavin is soo much smarter than us, he can determine I’m not too promising as a student? Does that mean Gavin is qualified to determine McIntyre is not so promising? Is he smarter than Ryan, Jeff C, Dr. Weinstein, Eschenbach, Roman, Hu, Dr. Loehle, Lucia? Really, is he that amazingly smart? Perhaps he needs to be reminded of just how stupid his Scafetta replication error was but besides that, half the emails were about McIntyre, yet no – there’s been no impact. Well these jokes haven’t admitted that sorting proxy data to make a hockey stick is fraudulent, so perhaps he just means, we wont be changing our ways yet.
It makes you wonder who the deniers really are.