Not sure how to spend that extra $150K you have hanging around? Well the NYT has an answer for you. Partnering with Abercrombie & Kent, the luxury travel firm, the NYT just announced it’s first ever “Around the World by Private Jet” tour, reports Heather Mac Donald in NRO.
Poobahs from the NYT will fly with 50 guests to exotic locales in luxury hand-made leather flat-bed seats with “relaxing massage and adjustable lumbar support.” Guests will “Enjoy Exclusive Events & Privileged Access,” such as private dining in Bogota’s Salt Cathedral, camping in luxury in the Moroccan desert, and exclusive after-hours access to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
The tour’s “exclusively chartered Boeing 757” ordinarily seats up to 295 passengers, of the pathetically non-“high-luxury” variety. So the carbon footprint of the Times’ 50 guests will be close to six times that of a commercial-jet traveler. If any of the guests feels a twinge of guilt over his greenhouse-gas emissions, he can chase it away by “enjoying a champagne toast inside an Icelandic ice funnel,” before learning “how climate change is affecting the land of fire and ice.” That’s after having been whisked to Easter Island to “learn how climate change is affecting” that location.
Among the New York Times’ “most noteworthy journalists” who will be joining the “privileged guests” is columnist Nicholas Kristof, who has criticized Trump for his climate-change skepticism and who rails against income inequality and a tax code that, among other things, provides tax breaks for buying private planes. The “privileged guests” who will pay $148,500 for single occupancy, $135,000 for double occupancy, in such properties as a “former Persian caravansary,” will no doubt nod appreciatively at Kristof’s hand-wringing about income disparities. Naturally, a port-of-call in Havana is planned, where “guests” will surely learn about the wonders of socialized medicine.
Two days after the election, the NYT was lecturing readers about the danger “posed by President-elect Donald Trump to the very future of the earth,” arguing “there is a planet to save. The earth is in peril from a changing climate no matter how many deniers say otherwise.” The paper also warned that Trump may “repudiate last December’s Paris agreement on climate change, thereby abandoning America’s leadership role in addressing the biggest long-term threat to humanity.”
Yes, indeedy. You just have to love the scale of the world-class hypocrisy from the NYT.