Monday, May 1, 2017

NYT Editor Says Trump's Attacks Are Dangerous

New York Times editor Dean Baquet corrects the record about the president's latest attack against the paper. He also addresses the controversy over op-ed columnist Bret Stephens.

 The backlash against Stephens, a former Wall Street Journal conservative columnist and proud #NeverTrump member who recently signed on with the Times, follows his debut column that urges each side of the climate change debate to be open to listening to the other side, in order to have a better understanding around possible solutions.

Bret Stephens
But, reports The Hill, compromise is a big no-no in today's completely intolerable political landscape, which has declared that there cannot be any debate on this issue. Just ask John Kasich how things worked out for him when he based his presidential run on healing a polarized country and compelling its political system to work for the good of the country again.

On climate change, the mantra many in media now espouse is, “It's over. It's decided. Put it in the books. Sit down and shut up if you even think of discussing it, unless it includes the word ‘crisis,’ ‘doomed’ or ‘underwater.’"

In his Friday column, Stephens concedes that climate change is real. The question he (rightly) asks is, what are the facts? Is some of the data being cited by those warning about consequences faulty? Is the planet in clear and present danger? Stephens thinks both sides have good points and accurate data to share.

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