[See UPDATES beneath the fold]
This isn’t a post in its own right, just a collection of the legion of links rightly and roundly spanking George Will and the Washington Post for their utter lack of journalistic integrity in failing to correct Will’s denialist claims about climate change. I am submitting them to the Washington Post’s “reader’s ombudsman” Andy Alexander as well as the Columbia Journalism Review and encourage others to do the same. Perhaps a full week of open mockery will entice a correction in this coming Sunday’s paper.
[UPDATE: Andy Revkin of Dot Earth/The New York Times has penned what I and several others consider a piece of puzzling and disappointing false equivalency between Will and Al Gore as well as a Dot Earth post that stinks a bit of apologia and is lacking a substantive answer to the complaint. Reactions to Revkin start at 2/25/09.]
[LATE LATE UPDATE: Will is apparently going to stand by his garbage in a new column. And more disgustingly, he seems to be doing so with the full backing of Hiatt. More tomorrow (2/27/09).]
[LAST? UPDATE: I’m collecting responses to Will’s latest column here. I may integrate them with this post at some point, but it’s getting a little hairy at the moment.]
Mr. Will? You have arrived at your final destination.
In roughly reverse chronological order:
Joe Romm, Climate Progress/CAP – In a journalistic blunder reminiscent of the Janet Cooke scandal, the Washington Post lets George Will reassert several climate falsehoods plus some new ones [2/27/09]
Ryan Avent, The Bellows – Snap [2/20/09]
Ryan Avent, The Bellows – Chilly Willy [2/17/09]
The Cryosphere Today [one of Will's supposed sources]:
February 15, 2009
In an opinion piece by George Will published on February 15, 2009 in the Washington Post, George Will states “According to the University of Illinois’ Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979.”
We do not know where George Will is getting his information, but our data shows that on February 15, 1979, global sea ice area was 16.79 million sq. km and on February 15, 2009, global sea ice area was 15.45 million sq. km. Therefore, global sea ice levels are 1.34 million sq. km less in February 2009 than in February 1979. This decrease in sea ice area is roughly equal to the area of Texas, California, and Oklahoma combined.
It is disturbing that the Washington Post would publish such information without first checking the facts.