“ATI press release on the Mann UVA emails” (2011-08-27). Funny. You’d think that Anthony Watts would report the conclusions of the National Science Foundation Inspector General’s investigation into the accusation that climatologist, and denialist flash-point, Dr. Michael Mann falsified his data when he “created” the famous “hockey stick” historical temperature chart.
Instead Anthony offers the American Tradition Institute’s op-ed whining (italics mine).
The University of Virginia has joined a list of institutions claiming that there has been an actual inquiry into, and even ‘exoneration’ of, scientists exposed by the November 2009 “ClimateGate” leak, while simultaneously through its actions making a mockery of the idea.
Spoiler for you impatient types who can’t be bothered reading (or are trying to ignore) the National
Tradition Science Foundation’s PDF:
We found no basis to conclude that the [Climategate] emails were evidence of research misconduct or that they pointed to such evidence.
There is no specific evidence that [Mann] falsified or fabricated any data and no evidence that his actions amounted to research misconduct.
Funny as in slapstick. Funny as in a bungled magician’s trick.