The Fakegate fallout is getting worse for DeSmogBlog.
Roger Pielke Jr. put it most succinctly:
If the faked document happened to be produced by a climate activist or scientist (as some are already suggesting), then the leaked Heartland documents will go down in history as one of the more spectacular own goals in the history of the climate debate (with the consequences proportional to the stature of the faker). The faking is likely to overshadow whatever legitimate questions may have been raised by the release of the documents. Imagine what would have happened if the UEA hacker/leaker had made up a few emails to spice up the dossier.
Whether or not DeSmogBlog knew the document was fake, they are the ones taking the heat for releasing it to the world as a peek into the supposed dark heart of the Heartland Institute. Theft and fakery have become the story. Heartland is raising money from the event, and still no-one is impressed with the relatively small amounts of cash that were supposed to be the ‘gotcha’ against Heartland.
The funniest thing about all this is that DeSmogBlog is run by a PR firm. Will anyone ever hire them again?
The tagline on DeSmog reads:
Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science
It should read:
Creating the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science