n “Think tanks” whose funding likewise comes from those interests.
n Pundits and authors whose income depends upon their writing or broadcasting climate change denialism.
The Free Press might assert that by publishing “both sides of the issue” the newspaper is only being fair. But there is a fine line between being fair and being accurate. Part of the media’s job is to verify the accuracy of their contributors’ sources. Unfortunately, in the world of today’s media circus, accuracy has too often fallen by the wayside.
This battle will continually be fought as long as we have media. But at least one major newspaper has taken a stand on the climate change issue. Paul Thornton, the opinion editor of the Los Angeles Times, recently clarified his paper’s policy: “Saying ‘there’s no sign humans have caused climate change’ is not stating an opinion, it’s asserting a factual inaccuracy.”
To this we very much agree.
Leigh C. Pomeroy is president of Mankato Area Environmentalists. Christopher T. Ruhland, Ph.D. is professor of biological sciences at Minnesota State University.