While I agree with most of what you've said, SD, I'd also like to point out that on the flipside there is a ****ton of money to be made and power to be gained by cooking figures in order to push a worldwide political agenda.
If this fraud is even remotely true, then the scientific community as a whole will lose credibility if these people aren't appropriately dealt with.
"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."