Quote of the Day: Ian Young, ANU Vice Chancellor

Ian Young

The ABC reports on the release of the death threat emails and quotes the ANU Vice Chancellor:

“My view is the more we discuss these things in public – these are emotive issues – the more you tend to beat the whole issue up.

“We had issues, we dealt with them we believe in an appropriate way and we don’t want to make more of it than that.” (source)

Then please explain why you chose to release the story to the media in the first place?

Unbelievable.

Comments

  1. “Then please explain why you chose to release the story to the media in the first place?”

    It’s pretty obvious: to garner sympathy for a group that is having an image problem. I expect they’d receive far more sympathy and respect if they had more honesty and transparency, than essentially lying to the public.

    Who knew?

  2. Fundamentally speaking after everything is said and done we are definitely living in the AGE OF STUPID!

  3. So…. you release the information to the media in order to bolster your position as climate change alarmists, then when it goes pear-shaped, you demand that the media don’t discuss it?
    The fact that Ian Young could say that with a straight face sums up why the public have had a gut-full of hypocrisy, lies, deliberate exaggeration etc.

  4. Streetcred says:

    Ian Young has just earned his stripes in CAGW … [snip - let's not go there!]

  5. Thumbnail says:

    Unbelievable? No. Just par for the course for these people who can’t seem to spin their way out of trouble without the wheels coming off.

  6. Skeptikal says:

    “We had issues, we dealt with them we believe in an appropriate way and we don’t want to make more of it than that.”

    In an appropriate way? Is trying to block an FOI request an appropriate way of dealing with it? Is hoping that the whole thing will go away now an appropriate way of dealing with it?

    I would suggest that holding somebody to account for this would be an appropriate way of dealing with it.

  7. Garry Nosworthy says:

    Vice Chancellor of a University, hmm there would be a reasonable expectation that he and his people would be intelligent…..????

    What delivered the message home for me was the denial of the FOI request by the University and the reason they gave, that was the point where they had the opportunity to save their reputations and the public may have swallowed it but to continue with the deception after that gives the clear signal that these people are all hell bent on deception in everything they do and say all the way from the scientists (if you could call them that) right through to the CEO’s.
    Seems the ANU will prostitute their science and their reputations to get their greedy paws on research funding. Money & power corrupts absolutely!

  8. bushwanker says:

    What’s so emotive about telling the public the truth?.
    Do you consider us too stupid to understand these issues Ian?

    Such a lame argument from an elitist academic.

  9. karabar says:

    [snip - let's not get personal]

  10. karabar says:

    I have a theory just as valid as CAGW theory:

    [snip - let's not speculate just yet!]

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