They say the pen is mightier than the sword, and the war against AGW is certainly a war of words. James Delingpole has every right to have a smirk on his face this evening after a small but significant victory. He says:
“I’m talking about the Press Complaints Commission’s ruling on a complaint brought against this blog by our old friends at the University of East Anglia. They lost. We won.”
James never minces words. He described Prof Phil Jones as:
“disgraced, FOI-breaching, email-deleting, scientific-method abusing”
Well UEA did not like it. Not one bit. They ran to the PCC complaining that three of James’ blog posts were inaccurate and misleading, and breaching of the Editors’ Code.
In considering the complaint the PCC was presented with extracts of the now-famous emails, and considered:
“that there were some grounds for the columnist’s opinion“.
The ruling concludes:
“The Commission was satisfied that readers would be aware of the context of the columnist’s robust views – clearly recognisable as his subjective opinion – that the scientists were “untrustworthy, unreliable and entirely unfit to write the kind of reports on which governments around the world make their economic and environmental decisions”, and that their work was “shoddy” and “mendacious”. In the circumstances, it did not consider that there had been a breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Code.”
As James, rightly, says:
“To its enormous credit the PCC stuck up for fair comment and freedom of speech. This is a massive victory not just for me and Telegraph blogs, but for bloggers everywhere…”
In the revolving door that is the world of the climate change industry, I hope this judgement hints to UEA that the
days of getting things all their own way are over. Heck even the sun is no longer playing for their side.
Thank you James Delingpole. This has made my day! Read the rest here.