This blog was specifically requested by a customer service agent of the New York Times. Really.
I called the Times this morning to cancel my subscription as part of a boycott that resulted from the Times adding climate-denier Bret Stephens to its editorial staff. This boycott seems to have gained considerable traction over the weekend, as was attested to by the 29 minutes I was on hold before I could talk to a customer services agent. (One can’t cancel a subscription online, strangely enough, although it’s possible to subscribe online.)
When asked for the reason for my cancellation, I said that I was cancelling because the NYT could not longer be considered a reliable news source if it was hiring journalists who don’t believe in climate change. The I was asked specifically whether this was in regard to “the Bret Stephens situation.”
What happened next surprised and delighted me: when I answered yes, that this was indeed in regard to “the Bret Stephens situation,” I was told, “If you blog, we are encouraging you to blog about why you are cancelling your subscription.”
Wow. One has to appreciate a bit of subterfuge. Even if the editor-in-chief of the NYT has lost his bearings, the rank and file working for the venerable paper seem determined to resist the insanity.
The final question, ironically, was whether there was anything the customer services agent could do to retain me as a loyal subscriber. I told her simply, “Get rid of Bret Stephens.”
Of course, she had already taken measures to accomplish this.
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