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The New York Times Botches a Climate-Change Story

by JULIE KELLY August 10, 2017 12:25 PM @JULIE_KELLY2 A ‘secret’ report was already public. If the day ends in a y, the New York Times will run at least one breathless, apocalyptic story about how man-made climate change is destroying the planet and the future of our children. The paper has an entire propaganda section devoted to articles about climate change; the headlines usually include something like, “Hottest Ever! Worse than Feared! Scientists Warn! Time is Running Out!” The Times’ overzealousness is usually met with wailing and pearl-clutching from the scientific establishment and environmental activists. But this week, the paper’s hyperbole about a government climate report was called out not only by other journalists and a Republican member of Congress, but also by scientists who were quoted in the article itself. On Tuesday, the Times published “Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report,” which detailed key findings from the draft of a routine climate assessment conducted by several federal agencies every four years. Reporter Lisa Friedman claimed the study had been exclusively obtained by the newspaper and suggested the reason for publishing it was that “scientists say they fear that the Trump administration could change or suppress the report.” Friedman cites an anonymous scientist (of course) who told her “he and others were concerned that it would be suppressed” and that the authors “are awaiting permission from the Trump administration to release it.” (The White House is expected to complete its review next week.)

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