Posts Tagged ‘Heartland’

Stolen and Faked Heartland Documents: Letter from General Counsel

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Source:  Heartland Insitute

February 18, 2012
By e-mail to: editor@desmogblog.com
By Federal Express to:
Mr. Brendan G DeMelle
Editor
DeSmog Blog
9527 13th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117-2303
Re: Stolen and Faked Heartland Documents

http://www.desmogblog.com/heartland-insider-exposes-institute-s-budget-and-str

ategy
Dear Mr. DeMelle:
On or about February 14, 2012, your web site posted a document entitled
“Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy” (the “Fake Memo”),
which is fabricated and false.
On or about the same date, your web site posted certain other documents
purporting to be those of The Heartland Institute (“Heartland”). Heartland has not
authenticated these documents (the “Alleged Heartland Documents”).
Your site thereafter has reported repeatedly on all of these documents.
Heartland almost immediately issued a statement disclosing the foregoing
information, to which your web site has posted links.
It has come to our attention that all of these documents nevertheless remain on
your site and you continue to report on their contents. Please be advised as
follows: (more…)

Bob Carter wins the cartoon war :-) A very sweet win.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Source:  Joanne Nova

Thank you DeSmog! Without FakeGate we would not have had this cartoon. (Readership est 850,000)

Cartoon by John Spooner. The Age.

On Wednesday I mentioned the Carter/Flannery disparity in wages:

And if Bob Carter receives an honorarium type amount of $1500 a month, the pull of those big dollars must be powerfully tempting for people like Tim Flannery who struggle along on about $1200 each day he works.

On Saturday :D after he scores flack in other articles, satire restores the balance in favour of Bob Carter. (Now was that in The SMH too?)

Message to DeSmog and that faker… whatever credibility you had…

A comment from Bulldust after my last post on this:
Jo, I am almost ashamed of you … you know full well Flannery has far more sources of income than that pitiful $1,200 a day … heck that would barely keep him in champagne and caviar. … February 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

(Bulldust, forgive me! I have at least blogged about the Panasonic-Flannery connection: Cheap Influence in National Politics: How Panasonic buy time on our public broadcaster. But thanks for those links.)

Quote of the Day: Andy Revkin

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Source: Aussie Climate Madness

NY Times: Home of clowns

Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:22 pm · 6 comments

by Simon

Andy Revkin, on his Dot Earth blog, attempts to draw comparisons between Climategate and the Heartland release of documents, and chastises Heartland for not reacting to the Climategate release in the same way as to that of their own documents:

[Quoting from Heartland press release] “But honest disagreement should never be used to justify the criminal acts and fraud that occurred in the past 24 hours. As a matter of common decency and journalistic ethics, we ask everyone in the climate change debate to sit back and think about what just happened.”

Wouldn’t it have been great if a similar message had some from the group and its allies after the mass release of e-mails and files from the University of East Anglia climatic research center in 2009 and last year — documents that skeptics quickly and repeatedly over-interpreted as a damning “Climategate”? That hasn’t been Heartland’s approach. (source)

Whilst there are aspects we should frown upon in both cases (release of confidential documents without authority – although I note that the Liberal media, to which the NYT makes a substantial contribution, rarely get so steamed up about Wikileaks, but that’s another issue), there are huge differences.

Let me make a few obvious points: (more…)