Exoneration fails to appease conspiracy theorists, cont’d, cont’d

Michael Mann has been unanimously cleared of the final accusation of wrongdoing by Penn State. Its full report is here.

In keeping with the tenets of Conspiracy Theory 101 (previous examples here and here), the panel’s findings were immediately dismissed as a “whitewash” by climate denialists, like CEI‘s Myron Ebell:

“It has been designed as a whitewash,” Ebell wrote in an e-mail. “To admit that Dr. Mann is a conman now would be extremely embarrassing for Penn State. But the scandal will not be contained no matter how many whitewash reports are issued. The evidence of manipulation of data is too obvious and too strong.”

Because as any good tinfoil hatter will tell you, when the investigation fails to confirm your pathological rejection of reality it can only mean that investigation is illegitimate.

[h/t John Mashey and Aaron Huertas]

UPDATE: Brian Angliss of Scholars and Rogues covered the “whitewash” nonsense back in February.

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4 responses to “Exoneration fails to appease conspiracy theorists, cont’d, cont’d

  1. At http://thingsbreak.wordpress.com/open-source/ , the link to “12.003 Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans” is broken. A link to the website supporting the text book is here. A link to the 2007 course appears to be here. Google preview of the text book here.

    (Yeah, I’m offtopic, but I couldn’t find a more appropriate way to contact you.)

  2. More on broken links at At http://thingsbreak.wordpress.com/open-source/ ; 21 of the 22 links to MIT open course ware are broken.

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