In Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander’s column on George Will he notes that he received thousands of emails demanding corrections to Will’s column, and eventually concedes that Will’s sea ice claim was false and should have caught by the fact checkers,
The editors who checked the Arctic Research Climate Center Web site believe it did not, on balance, run counter to Will’s assertion that global sea ice levels “now equal those of 1979.” I reviewed the same Web citation and reached a different conclusion.
It said that while global sea ice areas are “near or slightly lower than those observed in late 1979,” sea ice area in the Northern Hemisphere is “almost one million sq. km below” the levels of late 1979. That’s roughly the size of Texas and California combined. In my mind, it should have triggered a call for clarification to the center.
But despite this, he does not suggest that a correction to Will’s falsehood about sea ice be published.