RealClimate: Trying to shoot the messenger
...Contrarian attacks on climate science, right?Sept 2012: Michael E. Mann: FiveThirtyEight: The Number of Things Nate Silver Gets Wrong About Climate Change
Actually no. This was assorted conservative punditry attacking Nate Silver (of the 538 blog) because his (Bayesian) projections for Tuesday’s election didn’t accord with what they wanted to hear. The leap from asking questions to cherry-picking, accusations of malfeasance and greed, audits, denial, and wish-casting was quite rapid, but it followed a very familiar pattern. People who value their personal attachments above objective knowledge seem to spend an inordinate amount of time finding reasons to dismiss the messenger when they don’t like the message.