Going after Mr. Mann [with a Freedom of Information request] only discourages the sort of scientific inquiry that, over time, sorts out fact from speculation, good science from bad. Academics must feel comfortable sharing research, disagreeing with colleagues and proposing conclusions — not all of which will be correct — without fear that those who dislike their findings will conduct invasive fishing expeditions in search of a pretext to discredit them. That give-and-take should be unhindered by how popular a professor’s ideas are or whose ideological convictions might be hurt.
Unsigned Washington Post Editorial
Let me try a rough translation:
Back off, Deniers. Science is only for established elites and we don't need any prying into their rarefied discourse by the likes of you knuckle-draggers. Scientific ideas are like delicate hot house flowers--exposure to the real world can be fatal, and we wouldn't want that, would we? Besides, you might find that the established elites are conspiring to commit scientific fraud or are at a minimum straying from honest scientific method through their lack of appropriate scepticism.
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