All the News that Gives You Fits
Here are the best responses to the New York Times hiring a climate BS artist.
Stephens has tried to moderate his climate views since landing the Times gig, but just as a reminder, in the past he has:
- Claimed “global warming is dead.”
- Called climate change a “mass hysteria phenomenon.”
- Said “much of the science has … been discredited.”
- Accused climate hawks of being motivated by a “totalitarian impulse” and worshipping “a religion without God.”
Joe Romm has a more thorough rundown of Stephens’ past nonsense and a fact-check of his first Times piece (which has now earned a correction). As Susan Matthews notes, though, for the most part, Stephens’ column doesn’t deal in facts — “which makes it all the more insidious.”
Although we can quibble over that “finest team” characterization (John Upton threw together a list that shows you don’t need the Times for kick-ass climate coverage), there’s no question the NYT climate desk does excellent work. As another Grist alum pointed out, though, that doesn’t excuse a poor hiring decision by new editorial page editor James Bennet. And how else are readers supposed to express displeasure?