Media Matters Names George Will ‘Misinformer Of The Year’
Conservative columnist George Will will be named the “Misinformer of the Year” by Media Matters on Monday, staffers at the liberal-leaning group tell The Huffington Post.
Media Matters will claim that Will is 2014’s “most prolific purveyor of conservative misinformation,” according to an article to be published on the group’s website on Monday. The group cites Will’s controversial June 2014 column about campus sexual assault, comments he made this year about Ebola and global warming, and ongoing questions about Will’s potential conflicts of interest.
Will, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1977, joins previous winners of Media Matters’ annual “award,” including Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
In the June 6 column, Will put the term “sexual assault” in quotation marks and wrote dismissively about a rape case at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, alluding to suggestions that the reported victim in that case had not been assaulted at all. The column argued that “victimhood [was] a coveted status that confers privileges” and criticized federal efforts to address sexual violence on campuses.
“I absolutely have not received any privileges from sexual assault,” Lisa Sendrow, the accuser in the Swarthmore case, told Media Matters in —> Read More Here