More George Will Climate Nonsense

Is it possible for the Washington Post to be embarrassed by George Will? After a series of erroneous claims in a column about climate change, Will is at it again today (4/2/09), laughing off the use of compact fluorescent lightbulbs as a poor fix for a nonexistent problem: Reducing carbon emissions supposedly will reverse warming, which 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. Sigh. This has been explained before; Will cherry picks the hottest year among other relatively hot years as his […]


On Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Breathless’ Gullibility

Stating that “a lot of funny things can happen when the media translate science for the public,” science writer Chris Mooney (Nation, 3/6/09) looks over more evidence that the U.S. public got really lucky when CNN‘s Sanjay Gupta was not made Obama’s surgeon general. Mooney’s list of Gupta “approaching medical coverage through ‘one the one hand, on the other hand’ equivocation, the selling of medical entertainment, following the pack or simply getting it wrong” clearly illustrates “what always made Gupta’s nomination worrisome”: Consider a few of Gupta’s journalistic missteps. In late December 2002–a slow news week after Christmas–an outfit named […]