New York Times defends viewpoint diversity, but probably too late

From Hadas Smith at Politico:

New York Times publisher sends personal appeal to those who canceled over Bret Stephens

Stephens, who left The Wall Street Journal to join the Times, is also well known as a Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative writer who has written strongly against President Donald Trump, often engaging in public battles during the campaign with the likes of Fox News anchor Sean Hannity. His first column for the Times last month argued that climate data create the misleading impression that we know what global warming’s impact will be, leading to reader complaints, some canceled subscriptions and a public editor column.

In the letter to former subscribers, Sulzberger says it’s important to underscore that the newsroom functions separately from the opinion department, and that New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet “has sharply expanded the team of reporters and editors who cover climate change.”

Sulzberger then lists several articles about climate change, including a photo essay about rising waters threatening China’s cities; environmental rules, regulations and other policies rolled back during Trump’s first 100 days in office; and a recent issue of the Sunday magazine dedicated to the climate’s future.More.

Reality check: The thing is, remaining Times reader are probably mostly progressive ideologues who do not want or need viewpoint diversity and have made quite clear that they see it as a threat. Most of us just don’t care, so long as the Times is not threatening our right to read something else. But then, if they get desperate enough, they might.

See also: As traditional print media seek government funding to survive, demands arise for “diversity” There is no reason to believe that print news media will ever be profitable again, irrespective of what they do. Whether the copy is written by humans, diverse or non-diverse, by algorithms, or by smart crows, the medium is as dead as the trees it kills.

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