New York Times readers are running for their safe spaces.Why?
Because the bastion of liberalism decided to hire a single conservative opinion columnist, Bret Stephens, formally of the Wall Street Journal.His first column, “Climate of Complete Certainty,” began by discussing the “complete certainty” that Hillary Clinton would win the election – which is obviously false – and then proceeded to link that to a point regarding the consensus on climate change.
Now, did Stephens deny climate change? Anyone who read the column knows he didn’t. Rather, his column states “Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong,” and later, “None of this is to deny climate change or the possible severity of its consequences. But ordinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism.”
Of course, accepting climate change while questioning whether or not all the hysteria surrounding it is 100 percent accurate was too much for the Times’ audience, who are reportedly canceling their subscriptions in droves.
I'm on hold with the @nytimes trying to cancel. They told me they're slammed with people canceling subscriptions because of Bret Stephens.— Sean Kent (@seankent) April 29, 2017
— Kevin McCormick (@KMMPDX) April 29, 2017
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) April 28, 2017
Democracy dies in the darkness. So, too, the climate. Thanks, Times, for spreading fake opinion. https://t.co/y22I0b987N— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 28, 2017
— Marie Mosley (@MMosley) April 28, 2017
Of course, not everyone was insane..
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) May 1, 2017
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) May 1, 2017
OMG Bret Stephens acknowledged man causes some climate change and criticized those who profess total certainty about amount. GO NUTS PEOPLE
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 30, 2017
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) April 29, 2017
For suggesting that the world is more complicated and less predictable than people might think, @BretStephensNYT has been branded a heretic.
— Russell Roberts (@EconTalker) May 1, 2017
We’ve certainly published an article or two on AllenBWest.com that many in our audience found disagreeable. And how did they react? By telling us what they thought we got wrong.
It’s a shame the Times’ audience isn’t competent enough to do the same – but personally, I hope they don’t stop canceling anytime soon.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]