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To: Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tell the Philadelpia Inquirer: Don't promote climate change denial
It is the job of newspapers to inform viewers of factual information, not promote climate change denial. Implement a formal policy of refusing to publish any letters to the editor or other content that denies climate change.
Why is this important?
The Los Angeles Times recently announced a forward-thinking policy of refusing to publish letters to the editor that promote climate change denial.
But the L.A. Times is an exception. Many newspapers around the country either frequently run letters to the editor that promote climate change denial, or don't have an explicit policy against doing so.
Newspapers and other media outlets can play a critical role in our political process by acting as a check against unscrupulous politicians, corporations and misguided conspiracy theorists who lie to the public. But by "reporting both sides" and giving climate change deniers equal space to promote their lies, large swaths of the news media have failed to do their job of informing their viewers.
With the science on climate change becoming increasingly grim and time running out to prevent catastrophic extreme weather events from becoming near-constant occurrences, we can't afford to let major American newspapers mislead the public by printing factually incorrect climate change denial conspiracy theories.
It is time for every major newspaper in the United States to explicitly reject climate change denial and publicly announce that they won't promote lies in their pages.