The New York Times sells its integrity to ExxonMobil

by Claudette

June 19, 2009

Yesterday, Climate Progresscalled out the New York Times for running a front page ExxonMobil advertisement. Exxon ad in NYT As Climate Progress points out:
"Needless to say or, rather, in this case, needful to say while todays car has lower emissions of urban air pollutants thanks to government regulation, todays car has, if anything, higher emissions of greenhouse gases, which threaten the health and well-being of the next 50 generations. And needful to say, ExxonMobil has done more than just about any other company to undermine efforts to achieve the greenhouse gas regulations that could lower those emissions."
details the millions of dollars that the company has shoveled to fund the disinformation campaigns of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation, all of which continue to advance unfactual anti-scientific attacks as I have detailed recently (see posts on Heritage and CEI and AEI). Chris Mooney wrote an excellent piece on ExxonMobils two-decade anti-scientific campaign. A 2007 Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report looked at ExxonMobils tobacco industry-like tactics in pushing global warming denial (see Today We Have a Planet Thats Smoking!). So it is especially egregious that the New York Times would take money to publish this disinformation on their front page." Please email the NYT at about this egregious ad and/or email its public editor at to explain you are concerned about the papers journalistic integrity.

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