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Alan Shearer of the Washington Post Writer's Group: Global Warming Deniaist

From Tim Lambert:

Deltoid: Washington Post rejects the concept of objective facts: I didn't write about George Will's recent global warming denial piece, because his numerous errors have been well documented. Even Nate Silver joined in. But I can't let the latest development pass. The Washington Post has refused to make any corrections to his column. Why not?:

Alan Shearer, the Washington Post Writers Group editorial director, told the Wonk Room that he looked into the accuracy of Will's claim that "According to the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979":

We have plenty of references that support what George wrote, and we have others that dispute that. So we didn't have enough to send in a correction.

In other words, the fact that University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center says that global sea ice levels are now whole lot lower than in 1979 doesn't matter. As long as you can find a couple of people who say that the Arctic Climate Research Center said something else, you don't need to make a correction or even mention that Arctic Climate Research Center disputes the position you attributed to them.

Note that under this policy Will, can attribute any statement at all to any organization he wants and no correction would be necessary, no matter how much the organization denies the statement. For example, next week Will could write that the Smithsonian had concluded that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, and he would not have to correct this no matter how fiercely the Smithsonian denied it, as long as he could find a Creationist web site that said that was the Smithsonian's conclusion.