Twitter Proves New NY Times Columnist Bret Stephens Right About ‘Nasty Left’


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Left-of-center users of Twitter reacted predictably to the first New York Times op-ed piece from former Wall Street Journal editor Bret Stephens on Friday.

Stephens, who was a noted never-Trumper during the 2016 presidential race, left the Journal earlier in April to become a columnist for the liberal newspaper.

He devoted his first column to contending that the posture of “certitude” towards Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 presidential race was akin to the attitude of too many climate change advocates:

Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong. Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts…. [O]rdinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism. They know — as all environmentalists should — that history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power.

Not long before his column dropped, Stephens asserted in a tweet that the left was a worse creature than the Trump supporters he had previously sparred with:

As soon as the column dropped online, the reaction was almost immediate — ranging from vows to cancel subscriptions to the newspaper to vulgar animations:

If this is any indication, Stephens and the New York Times should expect similar reactions with future columns.

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