Reply To: Global warming lies and climate change hysteria


Rupert Murdoch is supporting disinformation on global warming – as some posts above indicate, very very noticeable if see Fox News/Wall St Journal items, even without this new report on coverage by News International, which includes:

Primetime coverage of global warming at Fox News is overwhelmingly misleading, according to a new report that finds the same is true of climate change information in the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages.

Both outlets are owned by Rupert Murdoch's media company News Corporation. The analysis by the science-policy nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that 93 percent of primetime program discussions of global warming on Fox News are inaccurate, as are 81 percent of Wall Street Journal editorials on the subject.

"It's like they were writing and talking about some sort of bizarre world where climate change isn't happening," study author Aaron Huertas, a press secretary at UCS, told LiveScience.

It's clear that we're not having a fact-based dialogue about climate change," Huertas added. The report, available online, focused on Fox News and the Journal because of both anecdotal and academic reports suggesting high levels of misleading climate chatter in each.

The most common climate mistakes on Fox News involved misleading statements on basic climate science, or simple undermining and disparaging of the field of climate science. For example, on March 23, one on-air personality referred to global warming as a "hoax and fraud."

Misleading opinions

The misrepresentations in Wall Street Journal op-eds similarly twisted the science and disparaged the field

"It is entirely appropriate to disagree with specific actions or policies aimed at addressing climate change while accepting the clearly established findings of climate science," the authors wrote. "And while it is appropriate to question new science as it emerges, it is misleading to reject or sow doubt about established science — in this case, the overwhelming body of evidence that human-caused climate change is occurring."

Note also that Fox is closely associated with National Geographic tv, which I think accounts for sometimes dire standards of the channels' documentaries [not a patch on standard of magazine articles; hard to find mention of global warming, or indeed ideas that maybe not all is well with the natural world]