I started writing this post yesterday, and then decided not to finish it. I have, however, changed my mind and thought I would post a modified version. Watching the Deniers wrote a recent post called Anthony Watts:Dishonest misrepresentation of sea ice graphs, no surprise there. The accusation was that Anthony Watts had doctored a graph so as to remove the range of uncertainty and make it seem that the sudden change in sea-ice extent wasn’t quite as severe as it actually is.
It turns out, however, that you can simply select not to include the uncertainties when you create your own figure and so the figure wasn’t doctored, Anthony had simply left out something that many would regard as important. A post very quickly appeared on Watts Up With That (WUWT) called Watching the Deniers makes hilarious goof while accusing WUWT of doctoring NSIDC images. The author, Eric Worrall, says
I have of course lodged a complaint with the Australian Press Council about this lie. I encourage other Australians to complain through official channels about climate lies propagated by alarmists.
Really? You couldn’t just have pointed out why the accusation in the Watching the Deniers post was wrong. You feel the need to make an official complaint. Surely you wouldn’t normally officially complain about something that you find hilarious. Anthony Watts does, however, go on to say
I’ve left a comment explaining Mr. Marriott’s absurd misconception and asked for an apology. We’ll see if it passes moderation, and he lives up to his “professional services” label.
So, Anthony’s comment passed moderation at Watching the Deniers and the author of the original post has removed his accusation but maintains (and I agree) that leaving off the range of uncertainty in the long term average is questionable. So, as far as I can tell, the author of the Watching the Deniers post has done as they were asked and corrected their post and removed the accusation of doctoring the NSIDC graph.
However, the comments on the WUWT post were remarkably unpleasant about the author of the Watching the Deniers post, including snide remarks about their sexuality. Personally, I think such insults are completely unprofessional and unacceptable and reflect more negatively on the person making the insult than on the person being insulted.
Watching the Deniers has, therefore – quite understandably – written a new post titled Hypocrisy over at WUWT? Will Anthony Watts remove the personal and defamatory insults made against me on WUWT and apologise? I agree. If Anthony is going to criticise a post on another blog and claim that they’ve accused him of something he hasn’t done, he should at least be willing to acknowledge when they do as he asks and should at least suggest that he doesn’t condone the insulting comments made about the author on his own blog. If Anthony Watts has any actual interest at all in a dialogue about climate science, this is the least he could do.