For anyone with an interest in journalism, it’s no surprise that Fox News Channel and the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal lean well to the right. Editorially, these two jewels of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. have a long history of denying human-induced global warming, in keeping with certain ideological interests.
New data support the anecdotes and conventional wisdom. At a midday panel on September 21 in New York City’s Science, Industry and Business Library, the Union of Concerned Scientists released results of an analysis quantifying the media outlets’ distortions of climate science.
In the six months from February to July 2012, the UCS searched for the terms “climate change” and “global warming” during primetime Fox News Channel programs, which consist of political commentary shows such as The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity.
The UCS found that, in 37 of 40 instances, Fox News programs misled viewers about climate science—mainly, by broadly dismissing it.
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Also mentioned is the Wall Street Journal. These outlets pull the same bias for other subjects, downplaying Republican bad news and REALLY playing up liberal bad news, even to the point of ignoring major stories around the world. The news media certainly is more selective about the tone and content they use in order to foster “a brand”. Gone are the days when the evening news programs made an attempt to be fair and even-handed. This type of new news happens on both sides of the liberal/conservative scale but not master it like Faux News. Even though this slant has become their well-known characteristics, PEOPLE STILL WATCH and eat it up.
A mention is given to CSICOP in this story as well. The author notes people watch to confirm their biases, not necessarily to get reliable information. That’s the scariest part.