Dissent At the Washington Post – George Will’s Colleagues Criticism of Flagrant Errors on Warming

Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Mary Beth Sheridan have an article on the alarming decline of Arctic sea ice. In a stunningly unusual move, the article includes this statement:

“The new evidence—including satellite data showing that the average multiyear wintertime sea ice cover in the Arctic in 2005 and 2006 was nine feet thick, a significant decline from the 1980s—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.”

We’ve written extensively on WaPo columnist George Will and the misinformed opinion pieces he has been putting out lately. Never did I expect to see a WaPo journalist to go after Will so blatantly. It’s refreshing to see.

Earlier today we reported that a Washington Post blogger chastised the Will for lying repeatedly in his columns.

Now it’s come to our attention that multiple columnists and other colleagues from Will’s own paper have come forward to slam Will for his outrageous use of global warming denier arguments in WaPo columns. See Chris Mooney’s blog “The Washington Post vs. George Will?” and David Robert’s coverage over at Grist.

It’s quite extraordinary for employees of the same news organization to openly chastise each other, by name, in their own paper.  And it’s just the treatment that George Will deserves.

Kudos to those reporters who had the backbone to stand up and say something about Will’s lies.  Let’s hope the WaPo editors are listening and that George Will finally gets reined in before he spreads around any more skeptic

Special kudos to Dave Roberts at Grist and his keen eye for finding the Eilperin quote. trash in his columns.

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What you are seeing is the healthy interchange of ideas and opinions. Will is an esteemed enough journalist that I’m sure he welcomes the discussion.

Telling lies is not healthy. Calling liars on their lies is healthy, but it’s hardly a “healthy interchange of ideas” when the liars are not capable of an honest discussion.