That was quick.
Was it was just three days ago that I said apropos of climate change that “Since it is a given that we can expect more lies from Will…” and already here they are.
The content of Will’s continued dishonesty is more than adequately dissected, corrected, and commented on in the posts below so I will leave it to them and comment afterwards.
“Whenever George Will sets his pen to paper with words “climate change” or “global warming” anywhere on the page, the BS detector alarms should be going off. In today’s Climate Change’s Dim Bulbs, Will launches deceptive broadsides at compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), using “facts” to pander truthiness and confuse the public discussion on energy issues.”
“There’s a lot of dismally wrong coverage of global warming these days … But the way global warming gets treated on the op-ed pages of the Washington Post–particularly by George Will and his enabling editors–is particularly exquisite.”
“The correct answer of course is, “Yes.“
Stupid: Reminiscent of my complaints back in a recent Lomborg post, one of the most infuriating things about the denialists is that they don’t bother putting even minimal effort into their attacks on mainstream climate science, and often make worse arguments than someone even passing familiar with the subject could make.”
“…the WaPo’s poster boy for journalistic lack of integrity, George Will, today repeats one of the lies he was already called on from his previous assault on climate science.”
All are being added to George F. Will goes platinum, as are:
- Checking George Will: The Perils of Time Travel
- Ice Never Sleeps: George Will, Jr.
- Glaciers and Electrons
- George Will must hate the blogosphere
which has become your one stop shop for exposing Will’s climate frauds.
What I do want to underscore in the strongest possible terms is that Will and the Washington Post are knowingly and deliberately lying. Given the uproar over his most recent (but far from first) misrepresentation of climate science there is no way they can feign innocence about their selective and deceptive reporting.
They are lying, and they know it.
Such a callous and flagrant abandonment of even the pretense of being anything other than the propaganda wing for vested interests such as the fossil fuel industry is a measure of how polarized and incoherent the climate debate has become.
It does not bode well when the alleged “free press” wallows in lies so transparent and blatant that they would have embarrassed a Stalinist commissar for their pure clumsiness.
I have little doubt that the motivation is ideological. That is to say that Will and WaPo have somehow convinced themselves that they serve a greater ‘Truth’ before which mere reality must be subject. Undoubtedly they believe that they are telling truths even as they deliberately lie. Surely there is no other way they can preserve the illusion that they are somehow journalists serving the public interest.
For all the parallels to the tobacco issue I fear that it was a mere skirmish compared to the death match we are now engaged in.
That may seem an overstatement given the rather trvial nature of Will’s topic, viz lightbulbs, but I suggest rather that his willingness to yet again corrupt himself over this issue, and so soon after the last fiasco, shows the depth of the corruption. Not financial corruption, but ideologically, morally, and ethically corrupt.
Given that, Will can be expected to continue to lie and dissemble, and it looks very much like the Washington Post can be expected to continue to publish it. They will burn in their shoes before they change their tune.
Our concern must be with those who are the targets of Will’s propaganda. It is a legitimate question as to how many may be influenced by us, and how many simply look to Will and his ilk to affirm their dogma.
To date the science based crowd has largely treated this as a matter of education vs ignorance, but if it is indeed an ideological struggle then we need to seriously rethink our approach.
This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
And of course I am struck by the irony of using light bulbs as vehicle to spread ignorance and darkness.
“What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.”
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 159 … still no evidence.