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Published on Dec 26, 2012
David Evans, Jo Nova, Nick Minchin and Anna Rose — the full unedited video
When the Smith and Nasht came to our house (on behalf of the ABC) to take footage for the "I can change your mind" documentary, David and I asked fellow skeptic and camera-man Barry Corke if he could film them filming us, so we have our own copy of what happened. He agreed — it was obvious to all of us that we needed some insurance against biased edits. We all knew that petty chicanery was possible. James Delingpole had recently given the BBC three good hours of his time, only to find they trimmed all of his clever answers down, waited for him to have a hypoglycemic vague moment and then crowed about how the great James Delingpole was, can you believe, tongue tied (the failure!)
In the final version that went to air, not only did three of the four key sets of evidence that fuel our skepticism vanish, the editors split and diced sentences to make it appear that David said a sentence he never actually said. He doesn't think the poorly sited thermometers show the "models were wrong" (we have much better evidence than that); that's illogical and absurd. Everything I said of any substance was edited out (which I'm kinda proud of). They came all that way to watch me try to convince Anna Rose, then left me with 18 bland words. Perhaps what I discussed (and Anna's weak replies) was too dangerous, not easy to mock, and they couldn't ambush Nick Minchin with any experts that could debunk what I said?
Obviously Smith &Nasht were on a fishing trip here (funded by you and me). They were fishing for ways to discredit skeptics. In the end they had to resort to deleting 75% of the evidence, and 100% of my points. Blind commentators later claimed that the bloggers had no credibility. Easy for them to say when they didn't see most of what we said or the data we presented.