Heartland Institute has fired the first legal volley at DeSmogBlog.
They’ve issued a letter requesting their documents, and the faked one, be removed from DeSmogBlog and other sites that posted them:
…we respectfully demand: (1) that you remove both the Fake Memo and the Alleged Heartland Documents from your web site; (2) that you remove from your web site all posts that refer or relate in any manner to the Fake Memo and the Alleged Heartland Documents; (3) that you remove from your web site any and all quotations from the Fake Memo and the Alleged Heartland Documents; (4) that you publish retractions on your web site of prior postings; and (5) that you remove all such documents from your server.
Greg Laden received the same notice, and his genius defense is that he can’t tell if the email is authentic. It’s a race now to see if Heartland can sue Laden out of existence before Tallbloke does it.
It took less than a week for hippie triumphalism over ‘denialgate’ to turn into a full-fledged fiasco of epic proportions. DeSmogBlog is defiant for now, but that’ll only last until they get some good legal advice. Unless their lawyers are as good at lawyering as DeSmog is at PR. If that turns out to be the case, the Internet may collapse in on itself under the weight of the schadenfreude.
There just isn’t enough popcorn.