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My first take on Andy Revkin’s odd little story effectively equating the climate change “hyperbole” generated by Al Gore and George F. Will was a quick shrug. Now I am not so sure.

Last week we learned from the Washington Post‘s ombudsman that George F. Will had supplied a list of 20ish internet references to Post editors in support of his much-criticized Feb. 15 column. That column repeated his long-standing belief that the world is not warming according to the prevailing consensus of the world’s climatologists. Now, Will…

Like Carl Zimmer, I can’t get past the George F. Will/WaPo climate change denial scandal. Carl’s latest piece delves deeper into the nature of journalism and fact-checking at the Post, and I’m going to weigh in with my observations of working at newspapers off and on for the past 22 years.

Once more into the breach

How do I put this politely? It is not possible for a reasonable person equipped with a secondary education to read the material George F. Will cites in his columns arguing against the scientific evidence for global warming and come to the conclusions that Will reaches.

Al Gore vs. George F. Will

My apologies if you’re weary of posts revolving around George F. Will and his inability to accept responsibility for getting climate science completely wrong. But the contrast between that sorry episode in one non-scientist’s efforts to communicate science with those of Al Gore’s is too stark to pass up.

I just returned from delivering an hour-long presentation on climate change to the local chapter of American Association of University Women. It was one of the most intelligent and educated audiences I’ve had the pleasure to appear before. Followup questions were poignant and well-considered. But then someone piped up with: “This is all makes a…

The focus has shifted from George F. Will’s refusal to accept the science of climate change to the Washington Post‘s refusal to accept responsibility for Will’s breach of journalism’s most sacred tenets. I don’t have more to say, but Carl Zimmer’s second analysis of the problem is bang on. There’s also Joe Romm (again) and…

I’m dwelling on George F. Will’s latest violation of journalistic ethics because it seems to have hit a nerve. Journalists ordinarily too polite to attack another journalist for fear of appearing biased and unprofessional have broken with their habits to call Will on his misrepresentation of the mythical “global cooling” consensus of the 1970s.