NY Times Public Editor: We're "Moving In A Good Direction" On Properly Describing Climate Deniers - Margaret Sullivan Says Times Is Increasingly Using The Term "Denier" And "Perhaps Should Be Doing It Even More"
Daily Caller: “I am embarrassed for the New York Times,” Marc Morano, publisher of the skeptic news site Climate Depot, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Using the term ‘denier’ to describe skeptics is poor journalism, it comes across to the reader as a partisan tactic.” “Using the term ‘denier’ is designed to slur anyone who dissents from the alleged ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming and the term taints the reporting of the Times,” Morano added. “It makes the paper sound like a Greenpeace newsletter, not the paper of record.”
Morano argues that increasing its use of the term “denier” will only drive away more potential readers from the Times. “Ultimately the use of the term ‘denier’ will only lessen the impact of the Times reporting. Readers will smell an agenda whenever they see that term,” Morano said. “Readers of the New York Times will immediately realize that the paper is taking sides and using lowbrow name calling to attempt to discredit those it does not like,” Morano added. “Terms like ‘contrarians’, or ‘doubters’ are much more balanced journalistically than ‘denier’ — which is obviously meant to conjure up the notion that climate skeptics are equivalent to Holocaust deniers.”
“A carbon tax would raise the price of fossil fuels, with more taxes collected on fuels that generate more emissions, like coal,” wrote The Times editorial board. “This tax would reduce demand for high-carbon emission fuels and increase demand for lower-emission fuels like natural gas.”