Source, ThinkProgress: After hyping itself as antidote to fake news, New York Times hires extreme climate denier
Uh, where have I been? Thinking about power-hungry, obscenely wealthy people buying political and court seats, sure, but several of those men are co-conspirators in the Koch Bros Final Solution to Democracy. That is, fossil fuel magnates who have $reasons$ to promote the false notion that climate change ain’t anything.
Anyway, had it not been for ThinkProgress, I would not have picked up this news from Joe Romm:
The New York Times — which advertises itself as a defender of truth in the Trump era — just hired an extreme denier of climate science as a columnist.
Bret Stephens was most recently deputy editorial page editor for Rupert Murdoch’s deeply conservative and climate-denying Wall Street Journal, where, in 2015, he wrote that climate change — along with hunger in America, campus rape statistics, and institutionalized racism— are “imaginary enemies.” He will now take those views to the New York Times.
Stephens is unusually extreme and divisive even for a climate science denier, also comparing scientists and those who accept their findings to Stalinists, anti-semites, and communists.
The scientific findings that Stephens has repeatedly dismissed as “imaginary” are routinely published in the New York Times itself. And in an August job description, the New York Times called climate change “the most important story in the world.” Stephens calls it “hysteria.”
Hmm. What is the New York Times thinking? Are they going to put this guy on the opinion page and let a real scientist take him down in the opposite column?
We will see.