Finally, the story of The Heartland Institute's attempt to infiltrate the American school system and teach kids to deny science has reached Canadian news outlets.
Meanwhile, two days into scandal, CEO Joe Bast and the other players at HI have had time to write any number of blog posts, and a fund-raising letter but still...STILL!...haven't had time to go through the documents and determine, as per their repeated claims, that they have been altered or are otherwise inauthentic.
Meanwhile, evidence continues to mount that they are in fact the real deal. For instance this bit from the Heartland budget docs:
Ben Boychuck, managing editor of School Reform News, resigned mid-year and was replaced by Joy Pullmann. Ben, who lives and works in California, was recruited by the Manhattan Institute to become their California editor.
...has been confirmed on Slashdot:
Regarding authenticity, I can confirm the information relating to Ben Boychuk in the budget document. He did indeed leave Heartland for Manhattan Institute. I had dinner with the guy once, but he de-friended me on FB because I kept challenging the crazy links he would post.
In addition, there has been an effort launched to contact the companies on Heartland's donor list and ask them politely why they would wish to fund such a group. Remember: consumer boycotts can work.