Can this be filed under, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste?”
With North Korea madman Kim Jong Un threatening to create “enveloping fire” by striking U.S. military targets in Guam with medium-range ballistic missiles, The New York Times saw fit to run an article about the Western Pacific island facing “one other major threat.”
…that being climate change.
Amid the threat of nuclear apocalypse, The Times took to social media to ask: “What’s a greater threat to Guam? North Korea, or climate change?”
What’s a greater threat to Guam? North Korea, or climate change? https://t.co/bPuBrFULC5
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) August 11, 2017
To no surprise, the article blamed President Donald Trump for North Korea’s action, before putting climate change on the same scale as a nuclear attack.
“The island of Guam made rare headlines this week when North Korea, responding to blustery language from President Trump, threatened to fire four ballistic missiles into waters near the American territory’s shores,” The Times contributor Mike Ives wrote.
“Scientists in Guam, however, say they have at least one other major threat in mind: climate change.”
The supposition resulted in social media users having a melt down that could rival a nuclear blast.
A few even had their own idea about what poses the greater threat:
This article might be the biggest threat. It's that dumb. https://t.co/By9cce2W6o
— #NToH (@RightAllTheTime) August 12, 2017
A major newspaper that tosses about this kind of nonsense is more of a threat to Guam than climate change is. https://t.co/IhSlrKCR6D
— A Jalsevac (@ajalsevac) August 12, 2017
Or, c) Relentless, ground-thumping stupidity https://t.co/bTPar11w20
— Kym Trails (@hraphanidousai) August 12, 2017
Here’s a sampling of other responses to The Times article from Twitter:
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
Neither, Guam tipping over is the greatest threat. pic.twitter.com/76B4BeExPT
— DeplorableMe🇺🇸🙃🇮🇱 (@RobinSFBay) August 11, 2017
This has to be a joke…. ignorant libs??? https://t.co/j4OaQM0m5F
— Matty D (@matty_d22) August 12, 2017
We may never know why the NYT is failing… https://t.co/JjRtqlzxcd
— Joel Cogen (@joelcogen) August 12, 2017
Only the NYT would post this… 1 is a crazy dude w/ a nuclear bomb that says he's going to blow them up soon, 1 is coast might rise an inch https://t.co/gL9ouzZ75N
— Mike Brez (@mikebrez5) August 12, 2017
New York Times asking the tough questions… lol https://t.co/SGfTutkwoG
— David Closson (@DavidClosson) August 12, 2017
It's going to get a lot hotter after the mushroom cloud ?? — this has to be a joke https://t.co/FlZSCFEKeo
— Chad Carrodus (@Chad_Carrodus) August 12, 2017
I thought this was an Onion article. The answer to this question is obvious. https://t.co/p1CjgF9nz4
— Andrew Wood (@AndrewHWood) August 12, 2017
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