Because Tom has a huge following and a very large site that attracts WDW fanatics. Even with his "questionable" record, when you start a rumor about a Walt original, you are going to attract the ire of fans to the WDW leadership. Its far better to respond and discredit than let the rumor hang out there.This is a very bizarre story that I was just made aware of. I'm really interested in why Disney chose to respond this way in official media
In addition, they responded to the CBJ rumor, because Tom decided, for some reason, to call out WDW management for deflecting on CBJ by only addressing the Tiki rumor. Yeah...its petty, but WDWToday obviously was getting tired of Tom sending the pitchfork wielding fans to their twitter page.