First of all, it's fitting that Earthworks (another Park Foundation-funded entity) would come to the defense of InsideClimate News. EID's original pushback against ICN (Feb. 2014) noted how its report was essentially a carbon copy of a report that Earthworks published several months earlier. EID addressed many factual errors and exaggerations in that earlier report, too. Nonetheless, thank you for providing more evidence to support the conclusions in this post.
Second, where are the ad hominem attacks, exactly? Presenting evidence that reporters have misled interviewees and given them false information is not a personal attack. Nor is it ad hominem to raise questions about whether entities receiving funding from anti-fossil fuel activists can report objectively on fossil fuels. It's sunlight on a worrisome trend.
Third, I invite all readers to review the comprehensive response Energy In Depth put together when ICN, CPI, and the Weather Channel first published their Eagle Ford report. There are plenty of substantive points, and a litany of examples demonstrating how that report was misleading and, in many cases, misstated the facts. http://energyindepth.org/texas/activism-deception-weather-channel-eagle-ford-shale-report/
When InsideClimate News responded to this report, it did not provide an evidentiary basis for its pushback. It merely wished away the conclusions with dismissive, single sentence retorts, mixed with anti-corporate rhetoric and talking points about "front groups." Its lack of ability to address the substance is the real story, and it shows just how solid EID's research was.
Disagreeing with someone -- or, in this case, not enjoying what that person has to say -- does not make his comment(s) ad hominem. Retreating to that defense is also not a substantive response; it's simply a desperate one.