Washington Post — Own Up To It

File this under Why People don’t Bother With Newspapers and their Aging Conventional-Wisdom Columnists Anymore
George Will must have a new client: Exxon. He wrote a column denying global warming, filled with stuff that was just wrong. Some of the “sources” he cited have demanded that the Post print corrections, because Will flat-out misrepresented their positions and reports.
The Washington Post and George Will refuse to print a correction to the misinformation.
Go read Think Progress: When will the Washington Post issue a correction for George Will’s error-filled global warming denial column? They show that the aging Will is now recycling 1992 columns.
TPM Muckraker: Hiatt, Will, On Global Warming Misinformation: Talk To The Hand
Hilzoy at Washington Monthly, The Washington Post’s “Multi-Layer Editing Process”,

If Will actually read these two articles, it’s hard to see how he’s not being deliberately deceptive by citing them as he did. If, as I suspect, he just got them from some set of climate change denialist talking points and didn’t bother to actually check them out for himself, he’s being irresponsible.

Matthew Yglesias, Washington Post Stands By Climate Change Denialism,

This started as a problem for Will, his direct supervisors, and the Post’s ombudsman. But now that the Post as a paper is standing behind Will’s deceptions, I think it’s a problem for all the other people who work at the Post. Some of those people do bad work, which is too bad. And some of those people do good work. And unfortunately, that’s worse. It means that when good work appears in the Post it bolsters the reputation of the Post as an institution. And the Post, as an institution, has taken a stand that says it’s okay to claim that up is down. It’s okay to claim that day is night. It’s okay to claim that hot is cold. It’s okay to claim that a consensus existed when it didn’t. It’s okay to claim that George Will is a better source of authority on interpreting the ACRC’s scientific research than is the ACRC. Everyone who works at the Post, has, I think, a serious problem.

And just out from Think Progress’ Wonk Room: George Will’s ‘Global Cooling’ Column Is Almost Old Enough To Vote with Matter of Fact — a PDF fact sheet from Think Progress

2 thoughts on “Washington Post — Own Up To It

  1. 53.03 degF = The US 2008 mean annual temperature
    52.89 degF = The US 1901-2008 average temperature
    +.14 degF = the 2008 increase over the average
    Source NOAA National Climate Date Center
    I’ll go real slow. The 2008 US temperature was colder than the last 10 years and colder than 15 of the last 16 years.
    NOAA NCDC says the trend is up .13 degF per DECADE. The statistical trend would result in an increase of 1.3 degrees warmer in 100 years. The trend for the last 10 years is DOWN.
    Spread the atmosphere on a football field. The first 70 yards is Nitrogen. The last 1/2 inch is CO2. This man-breathed molecule is just not that magical.
    AGW will be the biggest scientific embarrassment of the 20-21st century. So says the data from NOAA National Climate Data Center.
    select mean temperature and annual for a shocking look at primary data sources. Oh but its just N America, oh but you are not a scientist, oh but the models say…

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