Via Brad Johnson, it looks like Fred Hiatt is still bending over backwards to defend George Will’s lies about climate change [previous posts here, here, here, here, and here]. I don’t have much left to say about this whole affair. We almost take political pundits’ lies for granted, but this continued insistence that Will was not misleading his Washington Post’s (and syndicates’) readers by Hiatt and Will is downright perverse. Frankly, WaPo can’t afford this kind of idiocy from Hiatt, which is why its own reporters have done what Hiatt is too cowardly to do and attacked Will’s lies from within the Post itself. Indeed, George Will’s Washington Post lies about climate have become shorthand for the irrelevance of DC punditry and traditional journalism’s “he said, she said” failed model.
I wonder, what is it going to take for Hiatt and Will to get the message that no one is buying their tired BS? Resignations from WaPo reporters? Does Hiatt really think he can risk further jeopardizing the Washington Post’s brand given print media’s incredibly precarious state?