"More moderate than none" does not make it moderate
. That is like saying "eating 100 calories a day is more healthful than eating 0 calories a day!" That doesn't make it healthy to eat 100 calories a day
. When you are using as an index literally one of the most extreme values you can (because negative publication is, thankfully, not possible.)
This is the "fallacy of relative privation
." Just because something is more moderate than the worst possible case, and less immoderate than an antithetical extreme, does not actually make it moderate.