Wherein Pielke the Younger reprises his role as The Victim Bully…
Here he is voluntarily responding to some questions from the Frighteningly Powerful [no offense, Brad!] Brad Johnson:
As far as your line of questions so far, they are evocative of how, in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy went after people he thought associated with Communists. [Lengthy transcript excerpt follows]
The difference of course being that answering a few questions from a lefty blogger from CAP (when it’s become clear that one has put himself on Inhofe-Morano’s FUD mailing list) is in no way detrimental to one’s career. No one has dragged him in front of a governmental committee. Brad’s questions were all tame and reasonably anticipated coming from a left-of-center organization like CAP. If there is a “black list” Pielke has been added to, it is Inhofe’s, and Pielke’s own pen did the writing.
Of course this posturing is nothing new. Here’s Roger back in May of last year:
Here I’d like to explain why one group of people, which we might call politically active climate scientists and their allies, seek to shut down a useful discussion with intimidation, bluster, and name-calling.
But why is it that some practicing climate scientists and their allies in the blogosphere appear to be trying to shut down this discussion?
[Roger, you’ll recall, is himself no stranger to “intimidation, bluster, and name-calling”]
I’m sure some of you may be scratching your heads. A few questions from Brad Johnson and it’s time to pull the McCarthy/communist witch hunt card? Surely, you’re saying, there must be more. Something far worse must have transpired behind the scenes!
Rest assured, it went far, far beyond the ruthless interrogation Brad subjected Roger to:
tactics that can only be described as bullying, strong arming, character assassination, threatening, and McCarthy-esque.
Things are getting truly ugly. And you don’t have to take Roger’s word for it- Oh, wait:
On what I’ve seen and experienced this week, you’ll just have to take my word for it I’m afraid.
I’ll be taking his word for it- with an appropriate amount of salt.