Miles says it’s the ultimate protection of a hoax.
To start with, tragedies act as the greatest confirmation of projects, since they are unanswerable. They defy analysis and questioning, since (almost) no one wants to question a tragedy. It can so easily be dismissed as heartless that no one wants to go there.
He goes on to discuss the Space Shuttle Hoax. Did Simon really break the Challenger hoax vicsim Asstruenots story or was his a republish?