My post on the 10:10 No Pressure video was picked in an article in the Guardian, which has also introduced additional numbers of self proclaimed climate sceptics to WtD.
I have no issue with that, as I welcome anyone to this blog with an interest in the debate. A small bump in traffic is gratifying to any blogger, but I’m not in this for the fame, money and adulation of groupies.
However, as owner of the blog there have been some comments I found personally offensive.
There are close to 1100 comments form readers on this blog. To memory, I have either deleted or not allowed less than 12 comments.
Some may question why I’d allow so many to come through. Others may accuse me of “censoring” the debate by disallowing even this tiny number of comments. However, the comments I’ve deleted would not be published by any newspaper or media outlet due to their tone or language.
The debate can be robust, but it has to be respectful.
The reason I allow most comments to come through stems from my frustration with blogs such as Watts up with that? You see, they heavily moderate their comments to protect their reputation and shelter their readers from contradictory information.
Right at the start of creating this blog I decided I would never do that.
I’d be honest, open and transparent. I’d admit mistakes.
I wanted to learn from my readers as much as I wanted to inform.
What about your “freedom of speech”?
I’d remind readers that this is a private blog.
I am not associated with any political party, NGO or organisation. It does not reflect the views of my employer (past and present) and is my personal contribution to the debate on climate change. It is created, maintained and published in my own time. The content is my intellectual property.
Thus, I can do pretty much as I please with the blog.
However I believe in freedom of speech and the right for anyone to express their opinion.
So please: comment, debate and give voice to your opinion.
But remember to be respectful your fellow human beings.
The irony: WUWT and sceptic blogs heavily censor their comments
One thing I’d alert climate sceptics too: rarely do any of my comments on sites such as Jo Nova’s and WUWT ever get published.
I’ve given up trying as they actively manage their comments section in order to shape the conversation. Myself and plenty of others have experienced this. A few comments made by “warmists” get through in order to demonstrate they are open minded, but really that’s a fiction.
Indeed, this is what the moderator over at WUWT had to say about my polite and reasonable comments:
Oh the irony!
The charge is that we “warmists” are control freaks, fascists and would-be dictators. That “we” want to stifle the debate.
The owners of blogs such as WUWT carefully maintain their comments, and shelter their “fans” from information that would contradict their messages.
Again, and again they disallow comments they don’t like. Especially the ones in which their embarrassment would demean them in the eyes of “the fans”.
Again I ask: why do you trust people who not only actively deceive the general public, but their core constituents?
Ordinary sceptics are being “had”.
You are being deliberately lied too.
It’s a hard thing to hear, but the truth is these people our in the business of PR and spin. Even a cursory glance at their associations demonstrate they are deep in the pockets of fossil fuel industries.
My challenge to sceptics: broaden your reading and research.
You might be shocked at the deliberate campaign of falsehood that is being foisted on you.