9 June 2019 – No Lies! And An Update on Our Rules of Engagement

PZ had several close calls today, but in the end managed to avoid telling an outright, verifiable lie. Days like today don’t happen often, and we should celebrate them when they do. After all, our goal here at PZWatch is not to change any of PZ Myers’s political opinions – that will never, ever happen – but to encourage PZ Myers to engage his political opponents in an honest manner and stop lying about them.

We don’t think that will ever happen, either, but PZ does claim that he values truth – so something’s gotta give at some point.

Instead of our normal fare, we thought we’d preemptively address a question that is sure to come up if PZ ever takes note of our little operation. We’ll add this to our FAQ, which we’re considering renaming QNEA: Questions Nobody Ever Asks.

Why are you harassing PZ? Stop it and leave him alone!

PZ and those of his oeuvre tend to level this charge with some regularity, so we thought we’d clarify what we will and will not do here at PZWatch.

What we will do: (1) Publish a post on a daily basis (unless we’re on holiday or otherwise just need a break from reading PZ Myers). (2) Post links to our blog posts on social media – Twitter and Facebook. (3) Respond to questions, queries or comments.

What we will not do: (1) Email PZ Myers directly, register for his site or post comments there. (2) Tag him on social media. (3) Try to engage him in conversation. (4) Try to engage anyone else in conversation about PZ or the issues raised on Pharyngula. (5) We will do our best to keep our criticisms of PZ firmly grounded in facts and the truth.

None of this is harassment in our book, but we can certainly understand why a liar would seek to claim they were being harassed by people pointing out their lies. The liar is in an uncomfortable place and wants to silence those speaking the truth.

If we ever break these ground rules – we won’t – we’d certainly understand being accused of harassment. Until then, we predict PZ will do what he does best and stick his head in the sand to prevent him from hearing anything that might crack the glass ideological house he lives in.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post and 3 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 9 science-related posts, 35 non-science posts.

20% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 16 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.