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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Newsmax Blames Liberals For Criticism of Columnist, Ignores His Threats
Topic: Newsmax

In a March 30 Newsmax article, Elliot Jager tries to portray a writer as a victim for daring to criticize global warming:

Statistician Nate Silver, who became a darling of Democrats for his accurate predictions that President Barack Obama would win re-election,  continues to face flack from liberal critics for hiring University of Colorado environmental scholar Roger Pielke to write on science and climate for his new FiveThirtyEight website.

[...]

Michael Mann, writing in The Huffington Post, said he was "crestfallen" and disappointed that Silver "parrots" the "false arguments" of climate skeptics in his own writing on climate change, which Mann characterized as "marred" and "misguided."

The Daily Kos said that Nate Silver was "pushing a new phase of Global Warming denialism."

Dan Satterfield wrote on the American Geophysical Union blog that "shameless self promotion" motivated Silver to hire Pielke. "Look at all the free publicity he got by announcing the hire, and even more after Pielke's first piece on the new website."


Blogger Peter Sinclair described Pielke's essay as so "catastrophic" that it may have undermined the credibility of Silver's site "right at the start."

But Jager didn't mention that Pielke has been accused of threatening his critics with legal action for criticizing his FivethirtyEight piece. Silver has issued an apology to the critics.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:33 PM EDT

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