Remember when the @nytimes promoted skepticism?

Wednesday, May 5, 1897, page 4

“PROMINENT MEN.
Some of the Leading Scientists Agree Upon an Important Subject.
It is not only natural but just that proof should be demanded by the public for every statement or claim that is made to the public”

The piece continues:

“When, therefore, it is asserted that a certain article is not only pure and palatable, and a most delightful beverage, but also that it possesses qualities almost invaluable for the human system, people are right in demanding the proof.”

Say what? Actually, it concludes so:

“Do not be persuaded by any druggist or grocer to accept anything but the pure, the real Duffy’s malt.”

Oh wait. It’s just an ad. Of course. Why, it’s the same New York Times that on Sunday, April 28, 1912, page 43 told its readers that, according to “the leading microbiologists of the world”,

“To take a bath only leaves one’s skin in a dirtier condition than before, from the medical point of view. “

Asinine deference to mad scientists long predates the climate change scares. Unless there is some whisky to sell.