UPDATE: They apparently had second thoughts. see below.
When the Heartland billboard fiasco came about last week, I pointed to this as a previous example of how both sides have made missteps. Heartland blundered with the unabomber billboard, was summarily denounced by both sides and pulled it within 24 hours.
My reader poll conducted about the issue suggests a majority (72% of 2561 respondents as of this writing) think Heartland made a blunder with the billboard ad. So do I.
It appears now that Climate Progress/Think Progress has been embarrassed enough by the attention brought to their article as a parallel example, to deep six it. Here’s the screencap I made last week.
Visiting this URL I referenced last week yields a “404 – page not found”
I find this development curious, especially since there’s no mention of the deletion on Think Progress/Climate Progress that I can find.
It is still available on Google Cache here:
While Heartland at least made a press release announcing they’d end the billboard, The Center for American Progress appears to have made no announcement of their removing a story linking climate skeptics to a terrorist and mass murderer. If I am wrong, and someone can find such an announcement, I’ll gladly post it as a correction.
Even so, I applaud them for doing so, but there’s no shame in telling anyone that you thought this article was too volatile to leave it in place.
h/t to WUWT reader cbrtxus
UPDATE: 5/8/12 11AM It appears the story has been restored. Second thoughts apparently, or just some sort of ploy. I checked the link several ways yesterday, and it had been removed. Many readers saw the same thing – Anthony