After the election Nate Silver was the toast of Progressiveville, but now the progs are discovering that they don’t like numbers when they don’t go their way.
“In a perfect world the data would just speak for itself, but that’s never the case,” the economist Allison Schranger wrote at Quartz following FiveThirtyEight’s launch. “Interpreting and presenting data requires making judgments and possibly mistakes.” That’s why so many writers have been concerned about FiveThirtyEight’s climate writer, Roger Pielke, Jr, a University of Colorado professor, who ThinkProgress once called “the most debunked person in the science blogosphere, possibly the entire Web.”
There’s a big difference between debunked and successfully debunked. Think Progress debunks everyone who disagrees with it. That doesn’t mean much since TP and its robotic progressive agenda are already bunk.
The Week has a post Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight and the dangers of being ideologically neutral. “Because FiveThirtyEight’s science coverage stinks of sublimated ideology. The opening science pieces were pretty bad, but far more telling was Silver’s hiring of climate troll Roger Pielke Jr.”
Sublimated ideology means, “Since you disagree with us on the facts, you’re probably a secret right winger.”
Ok, so what did Roger Pielke actually write for 538 that is causing this kerfuffle? His article is Disasters cost more than ever but not because of climate change.
RP Jr’s post at 538 has elicited what is probably the most reprehensible and contemptible smear job that I have ever seen of a scientist, at least from an organization that has any pretense of respectability. Kiley Kroh of ClimateProgress has a post entitled Nate Silver’s New Science Writer Ignores the Data on Climate Science.
“Pielke routinely seeks to minimize the impacts and severity of climate change and in the process, has been repeatedly criticized as inaccurate and misleading by some of the nation’s foremost climate scientists.”
“Most recently, Pielke tangled with Obama science advisor and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, John Holdren, over the relationship between the severity of California’s epic drought and climate change.”
In this article, there is not a single critique of anything RP Jr actually said in his 538 post. Before looking at the author of the post, I assumed it was either Joe Romm or Michael Mann, since it has their unmistakable hatchet job signature. Instead, the author is Kiley Kroh, co-editor of Climate Progress (Joe Romm is the founder and overseer of ClimateProgress). ClimateProgress is an element of ThinkProgress, a liberal American political blog that is an outlet for the Center for American Progress.
This is what bunk looks like.