Consider the resemblences between the Climategate and Penn State scandals.
Note how often they admit they are cooking the data. "As one e-mail states: 'The figure you sent is very deceptive . . . there have been a number of dishonest presentations of model results by individual authors and by IPCC [the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change].'”
So they're aware, but they plug on. It reminds me of the Penn State scandals. A grad student, later a coach, sees a coach molesting a boy in the shower. There are plenty of other complaints, even investigations. But nothing happens. They do not act; many seem oblivious to the problem.
It becomes apparent that Penn State has come to think of itself as simply on another moral plane. It is not to be scrutinized. But without scrutiny, there is no reflection, no awareness. That scrutiny is a mirror that allows us to see ourselves; the Penn State coterie could not.
I was adviser to the Pitt News student paper at the U. of Pittsburgh. And the scandal reminded me of this: Pitt and Penn State have been exempted from the state open records laws. Their budgets, for example, are kept secret.
Think about it: a huge university, getting millions from taxpayers, and its records are kept secret. So people in it become used to immunity to the normal scrutiny a high school principal or small-town mayor gets.
Ditto for Climategate. First, the media show a surprising lack of interest in possible stories. But then the Climategaters show that they too are above the laws, beyond inquiry.
"For instance, Jones once sent out an e-mail stating: 'I’ve been told that IPCC is above national FOI [Freedom of Information] Acts. One way to cover yourself and all those working in AR5 would be to delete all emails at the end of the process.' To which one warmist replied: 'Phil, thanks for your thoughts — guarantee there will be no dirty laundry in the open.'”
At best, the whole process made the Climategaters and the Penn Staters think that they had to be right. Their moral sense atrophied. No football coach would let his players cease all exercise for years, if not decades. Both the Penn State and Climategate cabals were allowed to grow morally and intellectually flabby. The results are obvious.
And, as per a previous post, the Obamanauts probably suffered the same decline. Without real scrutiny from the press, their minds and ethical senses decayed. And criticism from the right was not even considered, as it was from loonies clinging to their guns and religion.