Thursday, April 02, 2009

Waiting for Yglesias:

Once again, George Will has penned a global-warming-skeptic column in the Washington Post. Fave excerpt:
[Global] warming ... is allegedly occurring even though, according to statistics published by the World Meteorological Organization, there has not been a warmer year on record than 1998.
As Jon Chait observes:
... Will (again) cites the unusually hot year of 1998 to prove that the planet isn't warming. He fails to understand a very basic concept in data that you don't need any particular social science expertise to grasp, which is that trends don't always move in a perfectly straight line. The planet has been getting warmer, and there was an extreme spike in 1998. Both these things can be true.
But back to Will & Yglesias. Matt has been very critical of George and the Post for printing his "lies" (Matt's chacterization). And you know that sometime soon - hopefully today - Yglesias will write an entertaining post on this latest event.

This is one aspect of blogs that's lots of fun.

UPDATE: Yglesias delivers, but also says "I’m beyond caring what Will is thinking or doing here", which may mean less fireworks going forward.

Also, from the comments, a link to various slams on Will (h/t Hodge).


Tim Lambert has a round up of the early reaction. Will, for the most part, stops just shy of explicit falsehood. His specialty is suggestio falsi, or cherry picking, call it what you will. Which is probably worse than outright lying.

By Anonymous Hodge, at 4/02/2009 11:27 AM  

somebody ask him if he's a paid shill for a certain industry. make him deny it. see if the suggestion makes him bristle.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/03/2009 10:28 PM  

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