Howard Kurtz praised the New York Times for publishing a climate change column by conservative journalist Bret Stephens and said the reaction to the piece is reminiscent of protests at UC Berkeley.
Kurtz told Bill Hemmer on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” that the reaction to the Stephens column, which questioned alarmist reactions to climate change, “is not really about climate change, it’s about a climate of intolerance.”
“You have liberal commentators freaking out about the more hiring of Bret Stephens…why not just not read his column if you don’t agree with it. Don’t click on it!” the media journalist said.
“The Times deserves credit for trying to broaden the ideological diversity of a very liberal editorial page and left-leaning op-ed page,” he argued.
Kurtz also told Hemmer that Stephens is a very “credentialed journalist” and not a random “guy off the street,” to which Hemmer later noted that Stephens has won a Pulitzer Prize.
“It reminds me almost of the Berkeley protests that some people don’t even think he should be allowed to publish there,” Kurtz opined.