UEA 0-1 Sceptics

Photo: Donna LaFramboise

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…”

Photo by Donna LaFramboise taken in Chicago 2010 while at the Heartland Conference

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.

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8 Responses to UEA 0-1 Sceptics

  1. Willis Eschenbach says:

    Yo, James, congratulations! Well done, keep up the good fight.

    w.

  2. John Crane says:

    I can only hope that attorneys for Dr. Tim Ball are able to incorporate this in his defense.
    There is relevance IMHO.

  3. j ferguson says:

    Re: a comment by Nick Stokes at WUWT to the effect (my words) that Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the code allows words that are transparently utter nonsense to not warrant the sanction of the Press Commission, and the subtlety of use of English by the English, are we really sure we understand this?

    There is a real beauty to an official pronouncement that will be well received by all, but only because its subject didn’t understand he’d been slammed – and with surpassing subtlety.

    • Verity Jones says:

      You know, looking at The Editor’s Code:
      1 Accuracy
      i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
      ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published. In cases involving the Commission, prominence should be agreed with the PCC in advance.
      iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.
      …it strikes me that there are many things published in the UK on climate change that would infringe i) and iii), but it would take a lot of arguing and deep pockets for such challenges.

  4. j ferguson says:

    I would add, that I DO NOT think Delingpole’s words were utter nonsense.

  5. Pascvaks says:

    Congratulations to James Delingpole, the Press Complaints Commission, and the University of East Anglia. Curses and cinders to Prof Phil Jones (hopefully, soon to be former Professor Phil Jones). I include UEA in the kudos section because, despite themselves, they need a little encouragement in the loss they suffered, if they had won this little trist the longterm effect for them would have been far, far worse over time. UEA really does need to distance itself from Phil Jones and his intimate crew of psyentists.

    • Verity Jones says:

      I was going to agree with you, however it comes to mind that the CRU misdemeanors are currently really only noted by sceptics and I am unsure of the extent that the public at large (despite increasing lack of belief in AGW) are aware of the full details. They still have time to create distance.

      • pascvaks says:

        True enough. Sometimes my ‘cold’ heart is a little too big and forgiving. We’ll hold off on UEA for a
        little longer, until they’ve cleaned up the mess in their CRU. 😉

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