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.

4 comments:

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?

Best,

D

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?

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David Appell said...

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