Post Story on Arctic Calls Out Post Columnist Will

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2009 7:09 PM CDT
Post Story on Arctic Calls Out Post Columnist Will
In this 2005 file photo, an iceberg melts in Kulusuk, Greenland, near the Arctic circle.   (AP Photo/John McConnico)

George Will takes a fair amount of flak for his view that global warming is a bunch of hooey. Now he's taking it from the news pages of his own paper, writes David Roberts in Grist. A story today in the Washington Post cites evidence showing a decline in Arctic sea ice. The evidence, the story says, "contradicts data cited in widely circulated reports by Washington Post columnist George F. Will that sea ice in the Arctic has not significantly declined since 1979."

Says Roberts: "I can’t think of another instance when a news story at a newspaper explicitly called out an op-ed writer in the same paper for lying, by name. It’s pretty extraordinary." He said it's "hard to read it as anything but a rebuke from the news team to Post editor Fred Hiatt and his editorial page’s 'multi-layer editing process,' which allowed Will to lie and mislead on climate change three times just in the last few months, even after being corrected, publicly, by multiple sources."

(More George Will stories.)

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