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George Will must hate the blogosphere

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Time was, George Will could rant and rave and get no pushback at all. (The editors at today’s Washington Post seem to be timorous lot.) But those days are over, and he hates it. From the Center for American Progress in an email:

Yesterday, in an apparent attempt to preempt criticism of the second round of blatant falsehoods from George Will on the subject of climate change, Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt defended Will’s right to cite "data that most scientists reject" as factual. In his op-ed today, Will takes aim at the widespread criticism he received after his Feb.15 column. He maintains that he was accurate in using research from the Arctic Climate Research Center on the question of sea-ice levels, although the center put out a statement disavowing Will’s conclusions. In addition, he ignored a request from the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the Earth, and Media Matters for America to issue a correction based on his misrepresentation of  the World Meteorological Organization’s position on global warming and his irresponsible rehashing of the "discredited myth that in the 1970s, there was broad scientific consensus that the Earth faced an imminent global cooling threat." After Will’s inaccurate column, the Washington Post assured the Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson that Will’s column had been subject to a "multi-layer editing process" that "checks facts to the fullest extent possible."

Written by Leisureguy

27 February 2009 at 9:24 am

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