Friday, September 28, 2012

Popular Media is Distorting the Facts about Climate Change

Major news organizations are not accurately reflecting the truth about climate change. Fox News, the Wallstreet Journal and even PBS have been charged with misrepresenting the facts about climate change.

According to a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, 93 percent of Fox News' and 80 percent of the Wall Street Journal opinion pages' climate coverage is inaccurate and misleading. This is the finding of an analysis titled "Is News Corp. Failing Science". Even the PBS aired an interview with a biased climate skeptic tied to the controversial Heartland Institute.

However the worst offender is Fox News, followed closely by the Wall Street Journal. As explained in the report, during the period between August 2011 to July 2012, Fox news made inaccurate climate statements in 37 out of 40 mentions and the Wall Street Journal's climate references were found to be inaccurate 39 out of 48 times.

Many scientists have supported the analysis and as reported in Media Matters 10 scientists have gone as far as calling the Fox News and the Wall Street Journal's coverage "Utter Nonsense."

Click here for Media Matters guide for reporters covering climate change.

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