The Guardian newspaper is asking readers, including Brexit supporters, to donate money to keep alive their “well-sourced, calm, accessible and intelligent journalism.”
This is the same left-wing, U.K.-based paper that ran numerous op-eds bashing the so-called Brexit vote as fueled by “racism,” amounting it to “inter-generational theft.” The Guardian also “calmly” runs stories about impending environmental doom from global warming.
But ignore all that, wrote Guardian Editor-In-Chief Katharine Viner in an appeal for donations. Viner asks readers to contribute “either through a monthly or one-off payment – so we can continue interrogating exactly what has happened, and why, and what needs to happen next.”
“The Guardian – like the rest of the media – is operating in an incredibly challenging commercial environment,” Viner wrote. “Producing in-depth, thoughtful, well-reported journalism is difficult and expensive. But supporting us isn’t.”
“These are perilous times for progressive politics – and at moments like these the world needs the Guardian more than ever,” she wrote.
The Guardian has been in dire financial straits for some time. Viner announced in March the paper was laying off 310 people after losing $85 million.
The paper’s job cuts included 100 editorial staff and 60 positions it had yet to fill. The U.K. paper, which was founded in 1821, hopes “all cuts will be made by voluntary redundancies.”
“Our plan of action has one goal: to secure the journalistic integrity and financial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity,” Viner and CEO David Pemsel wrote in an email to staff.
They cited a “volatile media environment” that’s led to “urgent need for radical action.”
Now, the paper is asking its readers for money to support its “calm” approach to the news. An odd thing to pitch given The Guardian’s penchant for global warming alarmism. The paper’s writers routinely warn about catastrophic warming and bash so-called “climate deniers.”
Guardian blogger Damian Carrington recently wrote an op-ed arguing Brexit was a “red alert” for the health of the environment. Another Guardian article warned how global warming was “bad for your kidneys” because people who work outside would be harmed by hotter temperatures.
The Guardian even teamed up with the environmental group 350.org for a campaign to get institutions to divest from fossil fuels. The so-called “Keep it in the Ground” campaign launched as United Nations delegates head to Paris to hash out a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.
“In particular, we are aiming to give a fresh focus on the solar revolution already underway and transforming the global energy system,” according to the campaign’s website. “We want to show that the transition to a world run on clean energy is possible and indeed already happening outside the doors of the UN.”
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