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George Will Fails to Disclose Financial Ties to Polluter Front Groups


Why is George Will so aggressively anti-climate science? A new report makes his financial incentives more clear. Media Matters reports that not only has Will been drawing a salary from his role on the board of the extremist-conservative Bradley Foundation, he’s been writing about the front groups they fund without disclosing it in his Washington Post columns:

Media Matters reviewed Will’s columns from mid-2008 to the present and found at least a dozen instances in which he has promoted conservative groups that have received money from the Bradley Foundation without disclosing his connection to the foundation. Those groups include the Heritage Foundation, the Hudson Institute, the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society, and National Affairs quarterly.

SourceWatch has a full rundown of the Bradley Foundation’s activities, funding everything from climate science denial to attacks on minorities as genetically unworthy of any public assistance. Just really the worst of the worst stuff. And as the Media Matters report details, Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt is completely indifferent to Will’s lack of disclosure.

  • require their contributors to disclose their financial ties? That seems pretty basic. Of course, the Post also should not let liars and science deniers like Will on their pages at all, but they do. Bottom line: the Kaplan Post has extremely low, if any, standards. About all they’ve got at this point is a desperate scramble to stay afloat – at whatever cost to their integrity – in a declining business. Thus, their pathetic pandering to the lowest common denominator of our society. Sad.

  • kindler

    …because climate deniers have been attacking the WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin — one of the finest environmental journalists I’ve ever seen — because her husband works for an environmental group. Will’s direct financial ties to this group deserve to be publicized.

    That said, of course he would cite groups like Heritage under any circumstances.  But the point of disclosure is to inform the readers so that they can make their own judgements.  

  • Will is a Republican.

    Republicans by definition are liars, cheats, thieves, and crooks.

    Therefore, Will is a liar, cheat, thief, and crook.