According to The Hill, LA Times’ editor Paul Thornton admits they don’t print letters that say global warming is not happening or those that “deny” climate change, and considers those opposing views to be “errors of fact”, even if they aren’t. Environmental activists are, of course, cheering his decision as well:
Thornton expanded on it Tuesday evening in a note that responds to criticism from readers and conservative bloggers about the climate policy.
He writes that the paper gets plenty of letters from people who deny global warming and that many of them claim it’s a “scheme by liberals to curtail personal freedom.”
“Simply put, I do my best to keep errors of fact off the letters page; when one does run, a correction is published. Saying ‘there’s no sign humans have caused climate change’ is not stating an opinion, it’s asserting a factual inaccuracy,” Thornton writes.
His next statement would also explain why the LA Times routinely runs stories that rely on press releases and not actual journalism, and why it has been uninclined to print that there has been a 16-year hiatus in global warming:
Thornton adds that he relies on scientists who “undertake tedious research and rigorous peer review,” and that they have provided “ample evidence.”