Weekend Reading: Alexis de Tocqueville: Book II Chapter 20

Pre-Monday Smackdown: Why Is There Still a New York Times?

Live from the New York Times Journamalists' Self-Made Gehenna: Yes. Reading the New York Times is like drinking bilgewater. Why do you ask?

Steve M.: "Jacob Weisberg and Walter Shapiro have spotted a piece...

...of bad journalism:

Jacob Weisberg: NYT again with the mistake of trying to figure out Trump's views, in this case on climate change. He has no views.

Walter Shapiro: This is the danger of false equivalence in fall campaign: Hillary's position papers vs. Trump's irrational ad libs.

I'm not sure they've pinpointed the problem, but they're right to complain about the story, which is here: [Erica Goode] "What Are Donald Trump’s Views on Climate Change? Some Clues Emerge"....

Yes, he does think climate change is a hoax.... Also "bullshit".... Also "mythical," a "canard," and "a total con job." But come on, Donald, tell us what you really think! We don't know!

He did say it was a Chinese plot.... But I suppose we're expected to believe that there's ambiguity here because, when he was attacked for saying this by Bernie Sanders in a January debate, his habit of denying his own words, or claiming that we're misquoting him if we take his words seriously, kicked in....

The reason we're being told that we can't really know what Trump believes regarding climate change is that the mainstream media always needs to insist that Republicans aren't beyond the pale -- an article of faith that's seriously challenged by the GOP's "climate change is a fraud" claptrap...

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