Pretty sure Tate is more in the know than almost everyone else on this site. Not sure why the focus has gone from the band's news to him. Get over it.
Because he's not in the know about this more than anyone that's read interviews with the band, and the AP.Net interview with the engineer for "Neighborhoods." That, and he called anybody that thought the reason the last album blew was because they recorded it in separate studios "idiots." It's not like it was out of the blue.