Pinch Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times, pleaded last week with an untold number of canceled subscribers to return to the paper after it hired one right-of-center opinion columnist who had the audacity to write that man-made, catastrophic climate change is simply a theory.
New York Times readers didn’t want to hear it.
But it’s what Sulzberger wrote in his email to his reactionary left-wing ex-readers that I found amazing.
- “No subject is more vital,” Sulzberger wrote about climate change, listing for the intolerant, knee-jerk eager consumers of statist propaganda a series of recent hysteria-mongering odes to global warming that appeared in the paper’s “news” section.
- “This journalism is unrivaled in its sophistication and imagination,” Sulzberger wrote. “The support of our subscribers is what allows us to pursue such ambitious stories all over the globe. I encourage you to sign up for a free newsletter from our climate desk to discover future stories and insights.” Imagination? Yes. That’s what climate-change is all about.
- “Meanwhile,” he wrote, “The Times’s Opinion pages remain an independent and unblinking forum for debate from a wide range of viewpoints among open-minded, informed writers and readers. I don’t think, in these polarizing and partisan times, there’s anything quite like it in American journalism.”
Now let me address that last point head-on.
While I agree that the long-held tradition in American journalism of carrying the broadest forum of opinion writers is long since dead, the New York Times is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Yes, the Times may have recently hired a token right-of-center columnist. But that hardly represents “an independent, unblinking forum for debate from a wide range of viewpoints among open-minded, informed writers.” And he’s dead wrong when he says: “I don’t think, in these polarizing and partisan times, there’s anything quite like it in American journalism.”
Do you want to know where one can actually find the broadest spectrum of columnists from left to right in American journalism today?
I know that may be a shock even to regular readers of the pioneering independent online news network. People read what they like to read – normally subject matter that they like and agree with. But it is an indisputable fact that WND is the only major news outlet – online or off – that provides a broad diversity of columns in its Commentary and Opinion sections.
From the right, WND offers conservative senior statesman Pat Buchanan, who, despite his sterling career in print, on television and as a best-selling author, can scarcely be found elsewhere in daily journalism today, along with regular weekly submissions from Chuck Norris, Michelle Malkin, Star Parker, Alan Keyes and David Limbaugh.
When I say there is no other news outlet that does this, I say it advisedly. I’ve been watching this phenomenon for a long time. If I’m wrong, show me.
Why do we do it? Because we believe in debate. We believe in listening to other voices. We believe it’s the right thing to do in a free and open society. Just look what has happened on America’s college campuses where often responsible voices of dissent are heckled off the stage, even physically assaulted, sometimes resulting in mayhem, riots and arrests.
When was the last time you saw the New York Times denounce this fascistic climate on campuses in America?
By the way, what prompted Sulzberger’s alarm?
An apparent avalanche of dropped subscriptions.
How many canceled because of the Times’ token right-of-center columnist?
Just 6 percent, said a spokesman for the paper.
No word on how many dropped because of the Times’ lickspittle, lockstep coverage of the most “vital” subject in the world today.
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