”You are entitled to your opinion … you are not entitled to your own facts.” That quote by Moynihan is the motto on F&O’s Science page, and it’s a guiding principle of good journalism.
We took notice as The Los Angeles Times banned letters-to-the-editor that deny climate change. The wonderful precision of an editor’s explanation is noteworthy:
“I do my best to keep errors of fact off the letters page; when one does run, a correction is published. Saying “there’s no sign humans have caused climate change” is not stating an opinion, it’s asserting a factual inaccuracy,” wrote Paul Thornton.