Fred Hiatt and George Will think Washington Post readers are morons

After firing the only political reporter who actually practiced journalism, Fred Hiatt and the Washington Post seem to be determined to rub everyone’s face in just how much they don’t respect their readers. To that end, they’re  both seeking new sources of metaphorical feces to serve up to the public as well as dusting off some old favorites. An example of the latter is Hiatt letting George Will out of the asylum to continue his Herculean efforts (hereherehereherehereherehere) to lie as often and in as many ways as possible about climate change and its possible solutions.

Will’s latest “contribution” to the public discourse on preventing climate disaster is almost pitiable. Where he once took up long-debunked denier myths with a kind of perverse zeal (e.g. the myth of the 70s imminent ice age consensus), his new column limp-wristedly proffers a discredited market fundamentalist “study” alleging that green job promotion wrecked Spain’s economy. Even Will is aware of just how unserious the “study” is (the economic problems in Spain are largely due to their real estate bubble bursting):

It is true that Calzada has come to conclusions that he, as a libertarian, finds ideologically congenial. And his study was supported by a like-minded U.S. think tank (the Institute for Energy Research, for which this columnist has given a paid speech)…

What matters most, however, is not that reports such as Calzada’s and the Republicans’ are right in every particular. …

Still, one can be agnostic about both reports…

Etc. Those looking for a thorough dismantling of the “study” will have to go back a few months, as the rest of the world -including the denialosphere- gave up on it back in May (A. Siegel took aim here, see also herehere, and here).

You can read about the creation of jobs through the promotion of clean energy at NY Times’ Green Inc. here and here. For a comparison of energy sources in terms of their cost and [correction, EROI cost analysis is by Kubiszewski et al. 2009 Meta-analysis of net energy return for wind power systems] ability to curb pollution and climate change, you can read Mark Jacobson’s 2009 paper Review of solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security. Wind, unsurprisingly, does quite well indeed.


3 responses to “Fred Hiatt and George Will think Washington Post readers are morons

  1. Things Break, this was your most recent post on the WaPo, so I figured it belonged here.

    Apparently, the lack of integrity there runs far deeper than just the editorial board and ombudsman – look at what their management has been up to.

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