So letters that have an untrue basis... do not get printed
October 22, 2013 12:16 PM Subscribe
posted by roomthreeseventeen (73 comments total)
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On October 8, the LA Times' Letter Editor, Paul Thornton published a piece entitled, "On letters from climate-change deniers"
following up on a claim in an earlier article
that said, " Simply put, this objection to the president's healthcare law is based on a falsehood, and letters that have an untrue basis (for example, ones that say there's no sign humans have caused climate change) do not get printed."The Guardian: Should newspapers ban letters from climate science deniers?
: If we see them as a place where statements of fact need to backed by evidence, which Paul Thornton and the LA Times clearly does, then it's hard to argue against banning letters claiming there's no evidence for human caused climate change.
But if you see the letters pages of newspapers as a reflection of what the community of readers believe - which presumably some newspaper editors do - then it's clearly OK to run views by readers who find it hard, for whatever reason, to accept the existence of mountains of evidence.
Mother Jones: How 9 Major Papers Deal With Climate-Denying Letters
Fox News: Los Angeles Times endorses censorship with ban on letters from climate skeptics
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