The Los Angeles Times drew flack for a Saturday editorial that included a statement saying it would not print “letters that have an untrue basis.” Included in that category, the paper said, are statements denying that climate change is happening.
The Times’s letter editor, Paul Thornton, explains: “Scientists have provided ample evidence that human activity is indeed linked to climate change…. The debate right now isn’t whether this evidence exists (clearly, it does) but what this evidence means for us. 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.”