Here is the WaPo attack in the relevant section:
Here is the offending tweet referenced by WaPo:
Is there anything wrong? Let’s see.
Colorado has a long history of natural drought. This is a reenactment of the past 1,200 years. Note Line F.
La Nina may increase the risk of drought.
Dry La Nina can be triggered by solar activity… according to this 2020 Washington Post report.
Is fire ‘artificial’?
There has been an initial report of a downed Xcel Energy power line. But that was questioned because the downed lines were actually telecommunications lines.
But there are no reports of lightning, so man-made seems like the only explanation.
So my tweet hits all the pillars and is hardly “false” or “disinformation”.
Supporting my hypothesis is the report below, volunteered by a local resident. I confirmed the basics for Boulder: Rainfall in 2021 is significantly higher than average (20.68 vs 18.1) – despite the drought of the past few months.
So why did the Washington Post launch such a nasty and baseless attack?
Earlier this week, I tweeted about the Washington Post’s Total Gang Weather Capital’s forecast failing regarding this week’s East Coast snowstorm.
Noisy. I guess that hurt someone’s feelings at the Washington Post. They say ‘payback is a bitch’ but here the payback is just silly.
Finally, I note that the Washington Post took to both Twitter and Facebook to seek redress about my “bad” behavior.
Both appear to have refused to act so far. Good for them.
But I would note that Facebook was forced to admit that its “fact check” on climate was its “opinion”. Here’s an excerpt from Facebook’s response to John Stossel’s defamation complaint:
The same will apply to Twitter.