"Manufactured claims of incompetence and malfeasance [...] have emerged as the [climate][ denialist weapon of choice." @MichaelEMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars. Describes how fake/ hyped "scandal" re scholarship is fed to allies who write blogs in online echo chamber.
2/Strategy includes abuse of FOIA, to burden scientists with intrusive demands for records, impeding their research. @MichaelEMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
3/Climate denialist McIntyre demanded via FOIA all email correspondence between a well-known climate scientist Ben Santer and his coauthors. Intrusive and intimidating.
4/Climate scientist Phil Jones and colleagues faced 60 FOI requests in a weekend. This is the technique from the right/special interests-- barrage escalates, extends to many around scientist/ scholar, frightening colleagues. @MichaelEMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
5/Climate scientist Eric Steig was attacked in publications such as the Telegraph with a barrage of embarrassing headlines such as, "Eric Steig Wears No Clothes," "Steig Professes Ignorance." He commented that strategy was to seek to personally embarrass individual scientists.
6/Darrell Kaufman, colleagues, confirmed "hockey stick" of global warming, were attacked w hate mail, assailed as frauds who "cherry-picked" data and bloggers found minor errors that led them to proclaim entire study "debunked." @MichaelEMann The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
7/Douglas Keenan threatens a SUNY-Albany climate scientist of reporting him to his university for malfeasance. University must investigate. Many scholars/influencers experience universities, employers being badgered, called upon, to distance from or investigate the influencer.
8/Climate deniers go after individual scholars, accuse them in "quasi-academic journals", blogs, of incompetence, malfeasance, isolate them to warn others what they'll face if they address same subject."The Serengeti Strategy.' @MichaelEMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
9/OMG. Hack of RealClimate.org from somewhere in Turkey uploads thousands of stolen emails from scientists. Pundits take phrases such as "hide the decline", w its technical meaning, out of context to suggest nefarious intent on the part of scientists.This pattern is set.
10/"Climategate": "a sparkly 'scandal' easily digestible by a lazy, incompetent media." @MichaeleMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.
11/Instead of investigating, mainstream media repeated "smoking gun", "nail in the coffin" of climate change in "Climategate." Barrage of same phrases repeated, media reproducing them uncritically. @MichaelEMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
12/ Painful. Most "disheartening" thing about "scandal" was that mainstream media uncritically repeated the slander and innuendo against scientists. @MichaelEMann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
13/ Mainstream news outlets repeated and repeated the errors in "climategate." Some asked @MichaelEMann for comment or made corrections but far more often corrections were not made or were made later in fine print after damage had been done.
14/ "Several of these "gates" relate to minor errors in the [...] IPCC reports." A central aggregator compiled the talking points of attack against the scientists and a universe of Koch-funded media reproduced them, as did mainstream media. The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
15/ "Glaciergate", covered from the Telegraph to the Sunday Times, was a fake scandale based on what was essentially a typo. The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, @MichaelEMann

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