Want misleading news stories? Study says go with Faux News

Fox News Distorts Climate Science; in Other News, the Pope Is Catholic | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network.

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.

  4 comments for “Want misleading news stories? Study says go with Faux News

  1. One Eyed Jack
    September 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Sorry, this story is wrong.

    “Fox News, we report. You decide.” and “Fox New, fair and balanced.”

    It must be true. They say it every 10 minutes.

    Want to see a Faux News fan explode? Strap a pair of headphones to them and stream NPR for an hour. They swell up just like Violet Beauregarde, only red, not blue.

  2. Pamela T
    September 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    There was a study released a year or so ago, that showed Fox News viewers were the least informed out of all major network viewers. Even people who relied on The Daily Show for their news, were better informed.

  3. David Bach
    September 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Love dropping by and seeing Doubtful news is still self righteous and pretentious. UCS is about as unbiased as MSNBC. But I am sure no one cares about that.

    • September 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Evidence, please, with your accusations.

      Oh, and violation of comment policy noted.

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