“Climategate”: not scientific fraud.
Claim that stimulus money went disproportionately to districts represented by Democrats: scientific fraud. [More here.] (Nate Silver shows that most of the districts that got huge payouts were … state capitals, which means that money attributed to those districts was mostly going elsewhere in the state.
Nate’s analysis shows that the underlying study was ludicrously wrong, but not that it was dishonest. But the response by Veronique de Rugy of George Mason is inconsistent with any attempt to do honest work. When someone points out that the result you’ve trumpeted is actually a data artifact, the correct response is “Ooops!” not “The dataset made me do it!”
If Ward Churchill deserved to be fired for scholarly misconduct (as opposed to his obnoxious opinions) so does de Rugy. No one even vaguely competent would have made such a blunder, and no one even approximately honest would have done anything but make a forthright retraction once it had been revealed.
Of course there’s a big overlap between the wingnuts who have been trumpeting “climategate” and the wingnuts who claimed that de Rugy had found the smoking gun proving that the stimulus bill was just Democratic pork. You can count on them not to correct either of their false assertions.
Glenn Reynolds, whose descent into self-parody is virtually complete, linked to de Rugy’s fraudulent original claim with “‘Stimulus’ money turns out to be political pork.” (De Rugy never actually made that claim, but Reynolds specializes not only in selecting his sources but in twisting what they say.) And he links to Silver’s takedown with an ironic “Shockingly, Nate Silver disagrees,” rather than an honest “Nate Silver shreds de Rugy’s claims.” This is the post-modernism of the Right: there’s no actual truth, just various claims about it, so you might as well pick the claims that flatter your prejudices.
Look, Reynolds doesn’t mind being full of sh*t: he gets money and fame he could never have dreamed of as a bush-league law professor, and gets to act out his pet hatreds in a politically effective way. What’s disgusting is the number of people who seem to like being lied to.