Megan McArdle wrote the following when discussing the fake Heartland memo:
After you have convinced people that you fervently believe your cause to be more important than telling the truth, you’ve lost the power to convince them of anything else.
Precisely. That would be my primary filter when choosing who to listen to, and who to associate with. If you believe it’s ok to lie to advance your cause, then nothing you say, do, believe, or think will ever have any positive value.
She also wrote
in truth, it’s hard to feel too sorry for Heartland, given how gleefully they embraced the ClimateGate leaks.
That is mostly true. The ClimateGate leakers were decent human beings, so they xxx’ed out personal information before posting the emails. Peter Gleick and the 15 people he sent the information to, OTOH, didn’t do that. Because, after all, instead of being decent human beings, they’re righteous warriors for the truth of
global warming climate change, and those who disagree with them, or work for someone who disagrees with them, don’t deserve privacy or basic human respect.