Fred Hiatt Is Not Sure Why Republicans Keep Telling the Untruths That He Keeps Printing in the Washington Post

A blog about politics, sports, media, stuff
April 18 2011 3:07 PM

Fred Hiatt Is Not Sure Why Republicans Keep Telling the Untruths That He Keeps Printing in the Washington Post


Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt took to the paper on Friday to lament "

Advertisement

" such as climate-change denial. On subjects like global warming and the consequences of lowering tax rates, Hiatt wrote, Republicans operate on "blind faith":


Surplus or deficit, peace or war, healthy growth or steep recession — anything is an argument for tax cuts.

On the subject of global warming in particular, Hiatt pointed out that leading Republicans "are scrambling to disavow" their earlier professions of belief that greenhouse gas emissions are changing the climate. Tim Pawlenty, a former supporter of emissions limits, now says he is uncertain about the cause of climate change—a "calculating and cowardly" position, Hiatt suggested.



Hiatt's disgust with this behavior was so great, he almost violated the Post's sacred doctrine of equivalence. After devoting one obligatory paragraph to the notion that "Democrats aren't honest in these areas, either," Hiatt wrote that the failure of Democrats to be honest was explained (partially) by "Republican irresponsibility." It was like hearing the Pope say the Host tastes like bread.



What makes the Republicans think they can be so reckless and deceptive? Consider Sarah Palin, another of Hiatt's examples:


Palin, who as Alaska governor supported efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, in 2009 wrote in The Post, "But while we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can’t say with assurance that man’s activities cause weather changes."

How dare she? What makes Sarah Palin think she can print that sort of deceptive nonsense in... Hang on, in what?

, you say. The opinion section. If only Fred Hiatt were in a position to put a stop to that sort of thing.



Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.

The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.

Public Opinion Should Not Dictate the Government’s Ebola Policies

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in the New Yorker. It’s Not Good.

Brow Beat

Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy

It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?

Watching Netflix in Bed. Hanging Bananas. Is There Anything These Hooks Can’t Solve?

The Procedural Rule That Could Prevent Gay Marriage From Reaching SCOTUS Again

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
  Life
Outward
Oct. 20 2014 3:16 PM The Catholic Church Is Changing, and Celibate Gays Are Leading the Way
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 6:32 PM Taylor Swift’s Pro-Gay “Welcome to New York” Takes Her Further Than Ever From Nashville 
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 20 2014 4:59 PM Canadian Town Cancels Outdoor Halloween Because Polar Bears
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.