Today, Bart Verheggen twitters
Is McIntyre always very correct, as @marcelcrok claims? e.g. as in "try not to puke"? http://t.co/njWwQkxerN @janpaulvansoest @carbonbriefWhich, dear Sherman, brings us back to Bart's blog in the days of Hey Yamal. Buried in there is this gem
— Bart Verheggen (@BVerheggen) March 13, 2014
What struck me was Roger Pielke Jr’s attack of RealClimate’s sarcastic reaction to this sorry story, and his defense of Steve McIntyre, quoting him as follows:
It is not my belief that Briffa crudely cherry picked.
Fair enough, one might think. Except that this quote is from comment number 254 in one of the Climate Audit threads. And it doesn’t particularly square with what he said elsewhere. It is most definitely not the message that his readers got (see for some collections here, here, here and here). One could reasonably argue over how much to blame the readers (as Pielke does) versus how much to blame the author (McIntyre in this case) for any ‘misunderstanding’. But judging from the vast majority of his readers who infer grave accusations from his writings, it’s fair to at least look into the latter as a possibility.