Today’s Washington Post carries this straightforward correction:
A Feb. 6 article quoted James G. Watt, interior secretary under President Ronald Reagan, as telling Congress in 1981: “After the last tree is felled, Christ will come back.” Although that statement has been widely attributed to Watt, there is no historical record that he made it.
The online version of the original story by Blaine Harden (click here) now includes the correction above the story.
In this case the Post’s behavior is exemplary. On the other hand, the Minneapolis Star Tribune — the paper that gave the fraudulent Watt quote its currency by publishing Moyers’ agitprop speech as a January 30 op-ed column(“There is no tomorrow”) has kept its readers in a cloud of unknowing — ignorance being conducive to the Star Tribune’s liberal rapture.