Monday, September 24th 2012, 3:27 PM EDT
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has just published a study criticizing Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal’s opinion section for misleading coverage of the climate change issue. Jumping straight to the key findings:
• Over a recent six-month period, 93 percent of Fox News Channel’s representations of climate science were misleading (37 out of 40 instances).
• Similarly, over the past year, 81 percent of the representations of climate science in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion section were misleading (39 out of 48 instances).
Sounds damning, but what about the rest of the media? Do we have to focus exclusively on Fox News and the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal?
Absolutely, says Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist at UCS who participated in the study. Fox News and the Wall Street Journal’s opinion content, says Ekwurzel, have compiled a “history of bias and misleading information about the basic knowledge that climate change is real and that humans are responsible” that “far exceeded all the other major news outlets that have been analyzed.” Says who?