Monday, March 2, 2009

Journalism Worth Saying No To

Just to be sure I understand the various strains of hand-wringing swirling around the culture, I want to repeat: we are asked to lament the fact that the like of the Washington Post is having trouble making ends meet?

Will's column is grossly dishonest, as we and others pointed out it wasn't just sea ice, but the repeated misquote of a scientific paper and a whole host of dishonest statements. He's apparently been misquoting one paper to push this "global cooling" nonsense since 1992 and basically recycling this same BS article for almost two decades!

Alexander may be correct there is fact checking "on multiple levels", but that does not change that it was incompetent, missed willful errors, and that there has not been a correction of Will's mistakes or a repudiation of his incessant repetition of falsehoods like the myth of global cooling.

For yet another week the Washington Post has failed to demonstrate accountability for its errors.
I am inclined to agree the open societies of the world, if they are to remain such, need journalism that's done with consistency, even-handedness, determination, courage, and integrity. I realize that does not come free. But there are a few things with which professional journalism is to be rightly contrasted: amplifying the provably false opinions of mendacious rent-a-hacks, as in the present case of George Will; huge stacks of paper dropped onto people's porches; huge stacks of paper that exist almost entirely as a vessel of paid advertisements ("Macy's is having a sale!!!"); and, last and least, blogging.

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