Just to get one thing straight - I wasn't having a go or casting aspertions at Rich, or implying that he hadn't done it ground up. I simply didn't know that he had done Careless Torque - ground up or not. I write a bouldering column for a national climbing magazine, so professional climbers normally keep me posted on their latest big number tick list. Rich has never contacted me or told me that he'd done the problem, and I've never read about his ascent elsewhere, so I wasn't aware that he'd done the problem.
Normally, professional climbers are as eager as anything to self promote their daring deeds, so it seems a bit odd that Rich wouldn't let the media know of his ascents in order to improve his earnings, etc. It's what a professional is supposed to do, I would have thought. Rich got enough publicity from his ascents of Action Direct and A Muerte, so it seems odd he wouldn't promote his first ground-up ascent of one of the best and most inspiring lines on gritstone, but each to their own.
As I said, I was none the wiser when I suggested that Earls ascent was the first ground-up, but I'm sure he'll be well proud of his ascent and share it with as many people as he can, first or not. A very impressive effort.