Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Anthony Watts Admits to Taking the Money

Update 4/11: Correction and clarification.

Maybe this is old news to everyone else, but it isn't to me: Anthony Watts just recently admitted to taking money from a Heartland Institute-ish donor.

You'll notice he can't come clean and say who funded him.

Or by how much.

{Aside: isn't it hilarious that Watts thinks people want him in jail? That ego knows no bounds....}

This, as far as I know, is the first major admission by Watts since he told me a year and a half ago that he got $44,000 in January 2012, from an "independent donor."

Perhaps it's the same donation he's referring to here.

Since he's not up-front about his funding sources, like scientists are, we really don't know.

In any case, $44K is quite a large sum just to blog. I guess it never occurred to him to blog out of conviction.


Blair said...

I think you need to read the entire comment thread (and linked documents) which I did after reading your article.

Mr. Watts makes it clear that the money mentioned was not for his web-site but rather for another project "a climate reference network".

You may wish to correct your post accordingly.

Dano said...

@Blair, where are these properly-sited temp machines, and why isn't Watts touting them to high heaven in addition to changing the world with his publications showing how wonderful these machines are?



Stephen Birmingham said...

When Anthony Watts was asked if he knew the identity of the individual who gifted him $44,000, he answered "No idea." The (presumably wealthy) benefactor wished to remain anonymous. So when Watts says he has not once received a "cheque" from "big oil", how can he be sure?


David Appell said...

Stephen: THanks, but I'd need better sourcing than this....