After President Trump's election, his opponents rushed to subscribe to the New York Times because the truth was more important now than ever. Now they are canceling their subscriptions because of an opinion column on climate change by the paper's new right-leaning columnist, Bret Stephens.
Some liberals were outraged when the New York Times on Friday published Stephens' column, which compared election pollsters' confidence that Hillary Clinton would win to climate scientists' assurances that climate change will be lead to catastrophic disaster. Many unhappy readers vented their frustration on social media and said they were canceling their subscriptions.
I'm on hold with the @nytimes trying to cancel. They told me they're slammed with people canceling subscriptions because of Bret Stephens.
— Sean Kent (@seankent) April 29, 2017
— Stefan Rahmstorf (@rahmstorf) April 27, 2017
Climate scientist Michael Mann canceled his subscription and urged others to use the hashtag #ShowYourCancellation.
— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) April 25, 2017
— Franke James (@frankejames) April 26, 2017
— Susan Hatch (@SusaMorgan) April 29, 2017
— Jeannette Burr (@myviennasausage) April 26, 2017
Even some of Stephens' colleagues have mocked their employer's decision to publish his column.
<starts stress eating> https://t.co/V790Re8mmy
— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) April 28, 2017
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) April 28, 2017
The Times‘ editorial page editor released a statement that defended the decision to publish the op-ed.
Here's the statement of NYT editorial page editor James Bennet about Bret Stephens' op-ed on climate change. pic.twitter.com/gJ0RSqc0le
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) April 30, 2017