93% Of Climate Change News On Fox Is Misleading

Obviously I would never think of getting any news, let alone climate change news, from Fox News so this from The Union of Concerned Scientists is no surprise. They recently released a study on the accuracy of science reporting from some of the more popular right wing “news” organizations and found that during the 5 month period from February to July of this year, 37 out of 40 items reported on by Fox were misleading.

The analysis finds that the misleading citations include broad dismissals of human-caused climate change, rejections of climate science as a body of knowledge, and disparaging comments about individual scientists. Furthermore, much of this coverage denigrated climate science by either promoting distrust in scientists and scientific institutions or placing acceptance of climate change in an ideological, rather than fact-based, context.

The Union of Concerned Scientists wasn’t just picking on Fox News, they also analyzed columns, op-eds, and letters published by the Wall Street Journal during a 12 month period ending in August and found that 81% of their reporting was misleading.

Eighty-one percent of letters, op-eds, columns, and editorials in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page were misleading on climate science from August 2011 to July 2012 (39 of 48 references).

Most of the misleading editorials, op-eds, columns, and letters attempted to broadly undermine the major conclusions of climate science. Instances of attacks on individual scientists, mocking the science, and cherry picking data were all equally common.

Denigration of climate science was routine. Instances included accusations that scientists were fudging data and claims that they are motivated by financial self-interest.

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Fox Shuts Down Comments On Hip Hop BBQ Post But Leaves Headline That Incited Them

It seems Fox Nation’s post on Barack Obama’s 50th birthday party titled “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs” spurred so many racist and defamatory responses that they had to shut down the comments on the article completely.

On Friday, Fox News’ Fox Nation website was forced to shut down comments on a post that referred to President Obama’s 50th birthday party as a “Hip-Hop BBQ,” after receiving many submissions that were racist. “We found many of the comments to be offensive and inappropriate and they have been removed,” Bill Shine, the executive vice president of Fox News programming, told The Cutline on Friday.

As noted, Fox was forced to shut down the comments on this post but yet apparently still doesn’t have any problem with the headline that initiated the comments as it remains. Of course this just further highlights the outright hatred demonstrated by many at Fox and from those that drink the Fox Kool Aid and is just the latest in a continuing pattern of hatred by Fox and many of their followers.

All that seems to be missing from Fox’s logo are men in hoods wearing white sheets and a burning cross.

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Christian Love On Display

While many Christians are using their best damage control techniques to deny any association with Norway mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, they continue to show their love for Atheists including this latest example on Fox News’ Facebook page. The following comments were some of the most telling after Blair Scott, Communications Director for American Atheists, appeared on America Live with Megyn Kelly the other day to discuss his group’s court case over the cross at the 9/11 memorial.

Obviously Fox News was quick to moderate most of these out of existence but it is nice to see once again the amount of love these folks have for their fellow humans. I feel it don’t you?

(from American Atheists via the Examiner)

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Irony Defined

Ok, so here we have a Catholic priest telling us that there is something wrong with those that have imaginary friends…Father Morris, Webster’s is calling to ask if they can use your picture under the definition of irony.

(via Friendly Atheist)

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Fox News Accomplished Their Mission

Discussions of death panels, government takeover of our local elections, Obama’s birthplace, etc. shows that last month’s election was mostly driven by misinformation. Attend just about any tea party rally and one would likely scratch their head wondering where they got their information. After seeing the results from a new World Public Opinion poll we might have a better idea on where the misinformation came from.

First the numbers. The poll found that a large number of voters were misinformed on many different issues that were on the forefront during last month’s election including stimulus job creation numbers, climate change, and heath care reform. Some other numbers:

• 40% of voters believed incorrectly that the TARP legislation was initiated under Barack Obama, rather than George Bush
• 31% believed it was proven true that the US Chamber of Commerce spent large amounts of money it had raised from foreign sources to support Republican candidates
• 54% believed that there were no tax cuts in the stimulus legislation
• 86% assumed their taxes had gone up (38%) or stayed the same (48%), while only 10% were aware that their taxes had gone down since 2009
• 53% thought that the bailout of GM and Chrysler occurred only under Obama, though it was initiated under Bush

Also telling (but hardly surprising) was the discovery that a large number of those misinformed about the issues also claimed to be daily watchers of one network while those doing better on the questions had different viewing habits.

In most cases those who had greater levels of exposure to news sources had lower levels of misinformation. There were, however, a number of cases where greater exposure to a particular news source increased misinformation on some issues.

Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely), most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points), the economy is getting worse (26 points), most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points), the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points), their own income taxes have gone up (14 points), the auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points), when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points) and that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points). The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it–though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican.

I’d say Fox “News” accomplished their mission…

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Headline Says It All

I know, nothing really new in another story on Fox News framing an argument to fit the GOP agenda. The latest example has Fox editors telling reporters to always preface any story on global warming by “pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question“.

What struck a chord with me this time though was the headline ars technica used for the story, Fox News on climate: skip the science, report the “controversy.

I think in that one headline they summed up my feelings on the state of the “media” today.

Fox and MSNBC are the most well known “news” companies riling up the troops often using questionable sources and news reporting but with the proliferation of blogs and other online sites preaching such questionable ideas, it is getting harder and harder to pick out the wheat from the chaff. No where is that more evident than when reading the posts and comment sections of most blogs where it’s pretty easy to figure which channel the authors tune in to most often strictly by the talking points they cite.

Unfortunately for most of them, that channel is rarely the “Science Channel“…

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Fair And Balanced

Jon Stewart was on Bill O’Really’s show earlier this week and if you had the stomach to sit though O’Really’s “fair and balanced” Fox News show you might have thought he did well against Comedy Central’s Liberal talk show host. Gawker has the unedited version that includes the parts that the Fox editing department left out and surprise! It isn’t as flattering to O’Really and Faux News as the part that made the airwaves.

UPDATE: Here is the the whole thing.

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