Ask newspapers to follow LA Times’ lead to reject letters that deny climate science
This is [YOUR NAME] in [YOUR CITY]. I’d like to call your attention to a new policy at the LA Times, whereby they will no longer publish letters disputing the science of climate change when those letters contain statements that are factually incorrect. Their letters editor explains the policy in this article:
I share this with you in the hope that the [NEWSPAPER NAME] will adopt a similar policy. The newspaper has the responsibility to present accurate information to the public. When inaccurate information is presented as fact, even in a letter to the editor, the newspaper is doing a disservice to the community. Such misinformation confuses the public about the need to be addressing climate change, contributing to the current stalemate to enact effective policies.
It’s one thing for someone to express an opinion — “I don’t believe humans are causing climate change” — but it’s another to make such statements as fact — “There’s no sign humans have caused climate change.” When such statements are presented as facts, the newspaper has the responsibility to reject them.
We do not see letters published asserting that we didn’t land on the moon, or that tobacco smoking is not linked to lung cancer. It’s my hope that soon we will no longer see climate denier letters published in newspapers. Thank you so much for your consideration.
In most cases, you’ll find the editorial page editor on the newspaper’s “contact us” page.
For social media
Hey, [EDITOR’S TWITTER HANDLE], LATimes no longer prints #climate denier letters; what about the [NAME OF PAPER]? http://ow.ly/pH3zB