New York Times climate blogger Andrew Revkin on Tuesday afternoon was one of the first to print fake documents attributed to The Heartland Institute. One of Heartland’s senior fellows for environmental policy exchanged some emails today with Revkin, pointing out there were “inaccuracies” in the documents that he posted online — without first verifying their authenticity with The Heartland Institute.
It appears Revkin’s journalistic ethics were reawakened upon his realization that he’s been “had” by lefitst alamarists. Here’s Revkin’s response to our senior fellow from this afternoon:
From: Andrew Revkin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 1:23 PM
To: Craig Idso
Subject: Re: the strategy doc
looking back, it could well be something that was created as a way to assemble the core points in the batch of related docs.
there are other errors that another reporter noticed. and of course heartland is now saying all the other docs are – at best – stolen and/or of uncertain provenance/accuracy til Bast gets on the ground..
wacky stuff, this end of the climate fight.
i’m going to hold off writing (including our exchange) til i know more.
i’ll be in the air most of tomorrow, which may leave some time to breath and have the dust settle.
Yes. “Wacky stuff.” A good idea to hold off writing until you “know more” — such as the facts. That used to be called responsible journalism.