honorable mathematical intentions

In looking up a rather obscure paper on list decoding on Project Euclid I noticed that they link bibliography items to the MathSciNet reviews. I figured I’d take a look at the review of Shannon’s famous paper, A mathematical theory of communication. It turns out the review was written by Doob, and contains this little dig:

The discussion is suggestive throughout, rather than mathematical, and it is not always clear that the author’s mathematical intentions are honorable.

I have this image in my mind of Doob as the father of Mathematics, saying in a Southern accent “I’m not sure your intentions towards my daughter are entirely honorable, Mr. Shannon.”