The Washington Post is facing criticism after refusing to issue a correction for an erroneous statistic cited by Op-Ed columnist George Will’s column topic—that global sea ice levels are the same as they were in 1979. The statistic was summoned to support his column’s viewpoint that global warming effects are exaggerated by “eco-pessimists.” The statistic was attributed to the University of Illinois’s Arctic Climate Research Center, which has posted a comment on its website saying their research indicates that levels of sea ice are, in fact, significantly lower today. The Washington Post continues to stand by its fact-checking procedures.
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The Intersection February 20, 2009
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Pharyngula February 20, 2009
If you’re a science writer like he is, your articles get fact-checked until they bleed. If you’re George Will, conservative pedant and pundit, not so much.