On Lou Dobbs Tonight, Lou Dobbs again tried to downplay his program's airing and affirming of a falsehood about the number of leprosy cases in the United States. Dobbs also claimed again that his airing of a May 16 report by CNN correspondent Bill Tucker "set the record straight" on the leprosy issue, but the report did not note the uncritical citation of the false statistic or Dobbs' repeated defense of it.
On Special Report, Brit Hume cited a column asserting that "a majority of astrophysicists and other solar scientists may in fact disagree with the conventional wisdom" on global warming and said that the author, Lawrence Solomon, "points out that almost 18,000 scientists signed a petition in opposition to the Kyoto Protocol." But the petition to which Hume and Solomon apparently referred has been disavowed by the National Academy of Sciences, and many of the signatures on the petition apparently belong to people who are not climate scientists.
On the May 30 edition of his show, CNN's Lou Dobbs characterized an inaccurate citation in 2005 of the number of leprosy cases in the United States as "an ad-lib on the set of this broadcast uttered more than two years ago ... an unscripted ad-lib, not a report," and claimed that he "set this record straight a couple of weeks ago." But on the May 16 show to which he referred, Dobbs did not correct the inaccurate report, as Media Matters for America noted; instead, he misrepresented it without admitting error.
In a recent article, London-based magazine Environment Finance reported that Rupert Murdoch will take steps "to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from his media empire" -- which includes Fox News Channel -- "to zero by 2010." However, in addition to Fox News' Sean Hannity and John Gibson, FoxNews.com posts have directly attacked the purchasing of carbon credits to offset one's "carbon footprint" and have mocked Al Gore's reported use of them.
Columnist Jim Mateja wrote that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) "has more homework to do" and "should [hire] a fact-checker" because Obama stated that "Japanese cars [are] now getting an average of 45 miles to the gallon." In fact, a report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change stated that the 2002 average fleet fuel economy value in Japan was 46.3 miles per gallon.