George Will can’t believe that men hug each other (which is an odd observation coming from someone so prissy.)
I can’t believe that a Washington Post columnist would print falsehoods and distort the truth, then refuse to admit his mistake, then continue pushing the falsehoods. But, that’s the case with George Will. Media Matters got an advanced copy of his upcoming column:
In his forthcoming column — obtained by Media Matters for America in advance of its publication — George Will doubles down on his previous global warming distortions, once again misusing sea ice data to falsely suggest that the data undermine the overwhelming evidence that humans are causing global warming. In his new column, Will falsely claims that in his February 15 column, he “accurately reported” on the contents of an Arctic Climate Research Center (ACRC) document when, in fact, the document he cited rebutted the very argument he was making. The ACRC document that Will relied on actually stated that the sea ice data are consistent with the outcomes projected by climate-change models. In the words of TPM Muckraker’s Zachary Roth, Will’s new column “amounts to a stubborn defense of the amazing global warming denialist column he published earlier this month, that was ripped apart by just about everyone and their mother.”
Will should spend more time worrying about the veracity of his columns and less time obsessing about men hugging. He’s further damaged the already damaged credibility of the Washington Post’s editorial pages and the Post has allowed it by standing by their man. Fred Hiatt himself is sticking up for Will, (but probably not hugging him.)
This is beyond disturbing. Will is letting his deeply held partisan views cloud whatever judgment he has left. This is how careers end — or it should be.
One other thing: If a progressive columnist authored a blatantly false column in the Washington Post, the Republicans on Capitol Hill will be up in arms. There would be speeches and resolutions galore. But, there has been silence from the Democrats over George Will’s egregious error and his failure to own up to it. See, many Democrats still think the Washington Post editorial page matters. It doesn’t (unless one is worried about being invited to the “right” cocktail parties here in D.C.)