Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bad Will Hunting

Chris Mooney's polite takedown of George Will didn't get the attention it deserved. He shredded Will's wingnut placating, climate change denial column with a level of courtesy I hope to attain in another lifetime.
Partisans of this issue often wield vastly different facts and sometimes seem to even live in different realities...

In this context, finding common ground will be very difficult. Perhaps the only hope involves taking a stand for a breed of journalism and commentary that is not permitted to simply say anything; that is constrained by standards of evidence, rigor and reproducibility that are similar to the canons of modern science itself.
That's the most elegant version of [insert your own profane expletive here] I've ever seen.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Nicely done, but ultimately pointless. Disciples always see the humiliation of their gods as victory and that often requires alternate realities to accomplish. Ideas that fail every test are protected by calling them "principles."

Will's essays are often quite transparent but his rhetorical competence does mask that fact for some readers. Mooney doesn't seem to be one of them.

9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I thought it was takedown worthy of your linguistic skill Fogg. But you're right, it will be lost on most people.

10:15:00 AM  

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