Ignoring the Science: Fox vs Global Warming
Compiled by Newsbyrd Staff –
(October 1, 2012) Science is defined as a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths. By definition, science cannot be bias, but occasionally there is room for the interpretation of facts. That doesn’t mean, however, one can change or ignore these truths to suite one’s belief. That’s called many things including pseudo-science, propaganda and misinformation.
In addition, there was a time in the history of U.S. media where print and television news was also based on a body of facts or truths. Things have changes in the 21st Century.
“Scientific American” is one of the oldest and most reputable American magazines, reporting on a wide variety of scientific news and discoveries. Last week they reported on how some news organizations, namely Fox News, ignore the science.
Here is an excerpt and a link to the original article:
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. As an example, the UCS quotes an on-air statement from April 11, 2012: “I thought we were getting warmer. But in the ‘70s, it was, look out, we’re all going to freeze.” (The report didn’t reveal the name of the actual source.) Fox News hosts and guests also mocked and disparaged statements from scientists and drowned out genuine scientific assertions with cherry-picked data and false claims.
The You Tube (above) video clip was produce by Media Matters for America, a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.