If you've ever wondered how wildly out-of-touch the media is, look no further than The New York Times’ Twitter account. Friday morning, the leading newspaper in the country actually wondered if climate change would be a "greater threat" for the island of Guam than being hit with a nuclear bomb. The New York Times’ World section’s Twitter account proposed the ludicrous question earlier this morning, to much deserved backlash.
What’s a greater threat to Guam? North Korea, or climate change? https://t.co/bPuBrFULC5— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) August 11, 2017
Of course this did not go over well. Dozens of replies mocked the paper for making such an absurd comparison:
I'm gonna go with the mentally unstable North Korean dictator with a nuclear weapon, but you do you.— Faizel Bham (@Faiz_Bham) August 11, 2017
Ignorance is the greatest threat of all... hence... the NYT is a far greater threat than either of these. U people are special.— Red West (@RedWest1) August 11, 2017
Perhaps embarrassed by the amount of ridicule the tweet procured, the Times’ social media manager modified the tweet when retweeting it a few hours later to read, “North Korea’s missiles may be one threat to Guam, but scientists are warning of another: climate change.”
This comes on the heels of another media outlet’s idiotic tweet downplaying the North Korean threat. The Associated Press wondered Thursday evening in a tweet, “Should” the U.S. shoot down North Korean missiles if they were headed towards the U.S.?