Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt is still bending over for George Will

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?

See A. Seigel, Zachary Roth, Carl Zimmer, and Dylan Otto Krider for more.


2 responses to “Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt is still bending over for George Will

  1. I’d never looked into Hiatt’s background before…it’s interesting.

    “From 1991 to 1995, he and his wife served as correspondents and co-bureau chiefs in the Moscow bureau, covering Russia and the former Soviet Union. From 1987 to 1990, the Hiatts were co-bureau chiefs of The Post’s Northeast Asia bureau, based in Tokyo, and reported on Korea and Japan.

    Before joining the foreign staff of The Washington Post, Hiatt covered military and national security affairs for three years as a member of the newspaper’s national staff.”

    His background has the same aura as William F. Broad’s. What might it be about foreign and defense journalism, that makes its practitioners so anti-science about climate change?*

    He comes from a _very_ liberal family, too.

    * I’m being disingenuous.

  2. oops, william J. broad, not F.

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