…and now for the pièce de résistance of this three course feast of Guardian Newspeak: Michael Mann and Bob Ward claiming that Donald Trump is the new Stalin:
… a group of hardcore climate change deniers and contrarians linked to the administration is organising a petition in support of a new panel being set up by the National Security Council to promote an alternative official explanation for climate change.
The panel will consist of scientists who do not accept the overwhelming scientific evidence that rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are behind climate change and its impacts…
The creation of the new panel of climate change deniers, and the recruitment of supporters to provide it with a veneer of legitimacy, echoes the campaign by Joseph Stalin’s regime to discredit the work of geneticists who disagreed with the disastrous pseudo-scientific theories of Trofim Lysenko.
Most of the article is an attack on Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Professor William Happer, who was hired by the National Security Council in September 2018 as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for emerging technologies, linking them with a long list of right wing, fossil fuel-funded foundations, think tanks and lobbyists who may or may not be involved in some way in Trump’s panel of scientists or the petition in their favour.
Nowhere in the article are the scientists on Trump’s panel named, but by following up the links one learns that they include Richard Lindzen, Judith Curry, and John Christy. Mann and Ward (or possibly the Guardian’s lawyers) were well inspired to hide their names in a link, since being compared to Lysenko (who, according to Eric Worrall at WattsUpWithThat, not only screwed up Soviet science for decades, but also had his opponents executed) might be considered actionable. That’s mainstream leftwing journalism for you: hide your nastiest unsupported accusations behind links. As my great grand uncle C.P. Scott didn’t say: “Comment is Freaky, but Facts are Shaky.”
Mann and Ward seem blissfully aware that their their methods – of trial by insinuation, guilt by association – are precisely – Stalinist. That’s how the thousands of traitors, revisionists and Trotskyists were trapped and eliminated.
That’s three articles I’ve written in twelve hours on three different articles in the Guardian: defending a venerable university’s right to censor unwelcome opinions on the grounds of “diversity of opinion”; calling on weather forecasters to temper their desire to tell the truth about tomorrow’s weather by “striking a motivating balance between hope and fear”; and comparing Trump to Stalin for seeking a variety of opinions outside the Consensus (something that Stalin was notorious for doing.)
As for the Guardian, there’s an important question hovering over this venerable, nearly two-centuries-old institution of British Liberalism: Is this shithole of insanity peopled by mental retards who deserve our sympathy, or are they really the proto-fascists they claim to be? I think we should be told.