The “hide the decline” and the “Hocky Stick” were NOT mistakes.
I'm not holding my breath.
But, bending almost doubled over backward to give them the benefit of the doubt, even if it WAS a mistake, it was a very serious mistake which should have been screamingly obvious to them a long time ago; and they have failed to correct the record or take responsibility.
So I stand by my ethical point - even if it initially WAS a mistake, the refusal to take responsibility for it and actively try to correct the mistake is just as bad as deliberate deception. A search for the truth, no matter where that search leads, is the cornerstone of the practice of science. These would have been the actions of a few bad actors, at most, 50 years ago. Now, most of the scientific community seems to have no ethical problem with it.
They are no better than the drive-by media or the Wall Street manipulators ...