Fakegate/Gleickgate – Global Warming’s Piltdown Man
March 2, 2012 27 Comments
I’m going to repeat in every thread about this that the fraud is not that [Peter Gleick] got documents under false pretenses. That’s investigative reporting and resourcefulness. HURRAH HURRAH HOO-RAH.
The fraud is that he took a document of unknown provenance (that he now says he got anonymously in the mail) and mixed it with documents of known provenance (the Heartland documents he used his fake identity to get) and then presented the resulting document collage to the press.
This is exactly the same as (not analogous to, but exactly the same as) having a fossil bone of unknown provenance, and then mixing that bone into the results of a documented dig. “Look! I found a new species!”
It’s cut and dried Piltdown Man style fraud.
And furthermore many of us think Gleick faked the strategy memo his own self and “Anonymous” was his Lucy Ramirez.