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Yesterday I posted on an interesting article on evangelical environmentalism. This morning I updated it to take into account Powerline’s takedown of Bill Moyers’ sloppy effort to discredit religious conservatives on environmental grounds. While I can’t at the moment take credit for Powerline’s having noticed that the WaPo article repeated Moyers’ smear of James Watt (I did send them an email, but any number of their other faithful readers might have done the same), Hindrocket updated his post and indicated that he had asked WaPo to run a correction. Roughly fifteen minutes ago, I emailed Blaine Harden, the WaPo reporter, asking if there was any evidence to corroborate the Watt story. Within five minutes, I received a reply that the quote was a phony and that the Post will be running a correction tomorrow.

Checks and balances, folks. Wish we didn’t need them. Very glad we have them.

Update: Bill Moyers has apologized to James Watt on the telephone and will think about ways to publicize a written apology. Enough said.

Update #2: But wait, there’s more. Bill Moyers isn’t as repentant as I had originally thought.

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Nice to hear that WaPo will admit its error. Cynics might inquire whether it will be run on page 4 of the Society Section.

I haven’t seen the paper edition, but on the web, the correction runs right on top of the article itself.

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