Bob : I think it is tribalism at its most self-defeating.
As you implied, having Rossi as the most visible face of cold fusion does incredible damage to the field.
Consider that many of the people that came to awareness because of AR, and are still learning about the whole range of researchers, and the solutions that are currently in development elsewhere. Many people on this forum, I imagine, are here because of Rossi.
Nothing is ever all good, or all bad.