Tobis fires a few wild shots, Lambert does recon, while Real Climate tries to keep the posse in check. It's quite a spectacle, this latest variation of Shoot the Messenger. Here's a fact: university press releases that tout scientific studies are routinely vetted by the principal researcher(s). Assuming And that's the case here, as I confirmed this morning in a phone call with Richard Taffe, who wrote the Boston Universtiy release. So why are Tobis et al playing this disingenuous game of gotcha with the messenger? It strikes me as yet another example of misdirected anger.