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Fox News Internal Emails Reveal Intentional Distortion of Information on Climate Change

 
 
Reply Wed 15 Dec, 2010 09:58 am
Media Matters wrote:
FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science
December 15, 2010 8:08 am ET by Ben Dimiero

In the midst of global climate change talks last December, a top Fox News official sent an email questioning the "veracity of climate change data" and ordering the network's journalists to "refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question."

The directive, sent by Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, was issued less than 15 minutes after Fox correspondent Wendell Goler accurately reported on-air that the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization announced that 2000-2009 was "on track to be the warmest [decade] on record."

This latest revelation comes after Media Matters uncovered an email sent by Sammon to Fox journalists at the peak of the health care reform debate, ordering them to avoid using the term "public option" and instead use variations of "government option." That email echoed advice from a prominent Republican pollster on how to help turn public opinion against health care reform.

Sources familiar with the situation in Fox's Washington bureau have expressed concern about Sammon using his position to "slant" Fox's supposedly neutral news coverage to the right.

Sammon's orders for Fox journalists to cast doubt on climate science came amid the network's relentless promotion of the fabricated "Climategate" scandal, which revolved around misrepresentations of emails sent to and from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit.

At the time of Sammon's directive, it was clear the "scandal" did not undermine the scientific basis for global warming and that the emails were being grossly distorted by conservative media and politicians. Scientists, independent fact-checkers, and several investigations have since confirmed that the CRU emails do not undermine the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet.

Contrary to Sammon's email, the increase in global temperatures over the last half-century is an established fact. As the National Climatic Data Center explains, the warming trend "is apparent in all of the independent methods of calculating global temperature change" and "is also confirmed by other independent observations."
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It is no wonder to me why the public is so divided on this topic. Their division is being actively maintained.

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Reply Wed 15 Dec, 2010 10:19 am
@failures art,
And who on this planet or on the international space station for that matter think that fox news is a neutral news source?

Hell I even agree with Fox that the case for large scale climate change driven by mankind is far from proven and border on junk science but that still does not mean they are neutral.
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Reply Wed 15 Dec, 2010 10:57 am
@BillRM,
BillRM wrote:

And who on this planet or on the international space station for that matter think that fox news is a neutral news source?

Plenty. In fact, too many. Sadly, the answer is often: Enough.

BillRM wrote:

Hell I even agree with Fox that the case for large scale climate change driven by mankind is far from proven and border on junk science but that still does not mean they are neutral.

You simply don't believe in the results or you have scientific results contrary? From what do you base your opinion on this topic?

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BillRM
 
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Reply Wed 15 Dec, 2010 12:07 pm
@failures art,
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You simply don't believe in the results or you have scientific results contrary? From what do you base your opinion on this topic?


Is there not an never ending thread dealing with this subject?


But to sum up the matter climate had always been in a constant state of flux long long before mankind had come on the scene and we are for example only an eye blink from the last ice age.

I also know how worthless computer models had proven to be in many areas that they had been employee in (see the Club of Rome predictions)and that current climate models had not been even been able to track backward with any great success.

In other word we have neither the knowledge or the tools to claim that the current short term climate changes have anything to do with mankind and even our short term very short records of temperature changes being used for a base line are in question.

So to me those who are claiming to be sure what the changes are and to what degree those changes can be track back to mankind is using junk science and little else.
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Reply Wed 15 Dec, 2010 12:39 pm
@BillRM,
BillRM wrote:

And who on this planet or on the international space station for that matter think that fox news is a neutral news source?


Okie and Ican argue this all the time.

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Reply Thu 23 Dec, 2010 09:38 am
This is to credit Fox with an epic year of misinformation. The network truly went over the top in its efforts to misinform. It deserves great acclaim for this.

http://mediamatters.org/research/201012220027?lid=1150629&rid=57542155

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