Last week, Sheril linked all the different papers that had run George Will’s infamous February 15 “Dark Green Doomsayers” column. So after my own Washington Post rejoinder to Will came out, I contacted many of these other papers to try to get them to also publish my rebuttal.
I didn’t contact every last paper on my first foray. But I did go for the biggies, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, The Hartford Courant, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The St. Petersburg Times, and The San Jose Mercury News.
I’m pleased to announce that there has been one success so far: On Sunday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a shortened version of the Washington Post piece. See here. There may be some more after this.
I can already tell how it’s going to go, though. Some small number of papers will publish my rebuttal to Will, but it won’t be possible to get all of them to do so. Certainly there is no hope of equaling the original column’s distribution. Too much time has elapsed, too few papers want to run rejoinders, and frankly, I’m not as famous as George Will. Eventually, this project will have diminishing returns, and I’ll give up on it.
There is only so much you can do to set the record straight. But, we soldier on….