Chicago Saturday 27 October 2012

Editors, The New York Times


The first paragraph of your Thursday 25 October article 
“Both Romney and Obama Avoid Talk of Climate 
Change” refers to “... a year of record-smashing 
temperatures, drought and Arctic ice melt....”

A Saturday 19 August 2000 Times article by John 
Noble Wilford "The North Pole is melting" breathlessly 
declared: "An ice-free patch of ocean about a mile wide 
has opened at the very top of the world, ... more 
evidence that global warming may be real...."

That was followed only four days later by an equally 
bedazzled climate change enthusiast's Op-Ed "In the 
(Un)Frozen North" that started out: "The 19th century's 
dream of an open polar sea has become the 21st 
century's nightmare."

Six days later, Mr. Wilford wrote another article 
(Tuesday 29 August 2000) quoting another expert: 
"There's nothing to be necessarily alarmed about. 
There's been open water at the pole before."

And on the same day, the Times made honest 
journalists of themselves with this Correction:

"A front-page article in the August 19, 2000 edition ... 
about the sighting of open water at the North Pole 
misstated the normal conditions of the sea ice there...."

Arnold H Nelson