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Angry readers are canceling their subscriptions to the New York Times in response to an article critiquing the certainty of climate change science. Hiring Bret Stephens was already controversial, but his debut column provoked backlash from subscribers and scientists. The Times defended hiring Stevens, saying "his work belongs inside our boundaries for intelligent debate." Critics argue this isn't about differing opinions, it's about truth versus lies. Do climate science deniers deserve airtime?

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Stevens has called global warming "a sick-souled religion" and compared the certitude of climate science to the certainty that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency. A prominent climate researcher argues Stephens is wrong.

 "[Stephens] is simply repeating falsehoods spread by various think tanks supporting the fossil fuel industry." 

Would the Times publish an editorial claiming the earth was flat?

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But the Times has defended Stevens and the content of his debut column: 

"To pretend like the views of a thinker like Bret, and the millions of people who agree with him on a range of issues, should simply be ignored, that they’re outside the bounds of reasonable debate, is a really dangerous form of delusion."
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Critics say this isn't about diversity of opinion. Climate change is a fact, and denying that fact is extremely dangerous.

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David Klion argues that just "having the debate" legitimizes falsehood.

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The Times editors think Stephens is providing an important perspective. After all, millions of people agree with him.

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And many have said it's childish for people to be canceling their NYT subscriptions over one column they disagree.

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Nate Silver says we shouldn't listen to uninformed arguments under the guise of "open-mindedness." Calling out untruths doesn't mean you don't want to hear different opinions.

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