Via Deltoid, the Independent has traced down the source of Chris Monckton's favorite fabricated quote from Sir John Houghton
"Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen," Sir John was supposed to have said in 1994.Turns out that Piers Akerman in the Australian newspaper The Sunday Telegraph was the first to publish it, but, the money line is
Sir John, who was the former head of the Met Office but is now living in semi-active retirement in Wales, said he is considering taking legal action because he feels that the continued recycling of the misquotation is doing him and his science a huge disfavour.More fun at Media Watch who is nailing everyone's positions down including Akerman.
"It doesn't do me any good because it suggests to everyone that I have hyped things up. I've been growing aware of it now for some time. The trouble is, if I just deny it then it cuts no ice with the people who want to believe it. I have to consider legal action," Sir John said.
The Independent says it didn't receive an on-the-record response from Akerman until after it had gone to press.
And what did Piers say?Piers also responded to Media Watch
According to reporter Steve Connor:
He said that he cannot remember where he got the quote from but was going to check through some material he has. Not heard from him since.
As I told you, there was an error in The Independent report. I have responded to The IndependentThis could get expensive, with lots of books pulped. It is our duty to hunt down all of them for Sir John and ask for apologies, and oh yes, pass the popcorn it appears that Akerman is getting ready to toss someone under the bus, Eli wonders whom.