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70 Busted at Protest Against NYT Climate Coverage

Demonstrators want Times to say there's a crisis
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2019 8:51 AM CDT
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An activist waves a flag while standing on an awning on the New York Times building during a climate change rally Saturday.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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(Newser) – A demonstration to call attention to how the news media cover climate change resulted in 70 arrests outside the New York Times headquarters Saturday, Reuters reports. The protesters called for the newspaper to refer to climate change as a climate emergency in its coverage, a spokeswoman for the group said, so "people can start pushing for more radical responses." Protesters staged a "die-in," laying down in the street and blocking it, and climbed onto the building to hang a banner.

"We want the New York Times as well as all the other media to treat climate change as the crisis it is," one protester said. Eve Mosher, the spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion, told CNN that the newspaper does good work on climate change, but said, "They should be treating it like World War II, where there were headlines every day." The Times issued a statement defending its coverage of climate change, saying it published nearly 800 articles on the subject last year. (A British politician was suspended for his reaction to a climate protest.)

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