Scientists: Fox News, WSJ Heavily Misrepresent Climate Science

A new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows representations of climate science made on Fox News and in the Wall Street Journal opinion pages are “overwhelmingly misleading”.

“The analysis finds that the misleading citations include broad dismissals of human-caused climate change, rejections of climate science as a body of knowledge, and disparaging comments about individual scientists. Furthermore, much of this coverage denigrated climate science by either promoting distrust in scientists and scientific institutions or placing acceptance of climate change in an ideological, rather than fact-based, context.”

Well this should come as no surprise if you are in the reality-based community, but millions of Americans get their information solely from Fox. In 2011, Fox News was the most popular cable news channel in America. Here are some of the findings:

  • Ninety-three percent of Fox News Channel’s representations of climate science were misleading from February 2012 to July 2012 (37 out of 40 references).
  • The most common form of criticism regarding climate science was to broadly dismiss the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring or human-induced.
  • Misleading representations also included 10 instances in which a panel member expressed acceptance of climate science findings, but was drowned out by hosts or other panel members responding with multiple misleading claims.

 

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