In a March 12 sermon, Rev. Jerry Falwell claimed that "scientists who are not on the payroll of the government" believe that "the jury's still out" on the existence of human-caused global climate change. Similarly, in a March 5 sermon, Falwell said of global climate change, "I don't think the science supports it." In fact, it is a small minority of scientists who dispute findings that global warming is caused by human activities.
In her March 8 syndicated column, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter wrote that Hollywood "got caught with its pants down" on the issue of AIDS and "got it right in the end."
Author and Washington Examiner senior White House correspondent Bill Sammon, apparently citing a September 2005 Gallup poll, stated that only "[t]hirteen percent" of respondents "blamed the federal government" for the lackluster response to Hurricane Katrina and that "the lion's share of the blame falls on the local and state officials." In fact, 31 percent of those surveyed said either that "George W. Bush" or "federal agencies" were "most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane," compared with 25 percent who assigned the most blame to "state and local officials."
A New York Times article on renewable energy misrepresented the division over the required use of ethanol as partisan, when, in fact, it is driven more by regional concerns than party affiliation.
In an article about President Bush's renewable energy tour, The Washington Post overlooked the White House's retreat from Bush's pledge to "replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025." The article also reported on Bush's planned visit to the National Renewal Energy Laboratory without mentioning that just before his visit, the federal government had reallocated $5 million to restore the jobs of 32 employees who had been laid off as a result of administration budget cuts.
Lee Webb, anchor of Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club, touted a petition he claimed was signed by "more than 17,000 scientists" that "says there is no scientific evidence that greenhouse gases cause global warming." But the petition is more than seven years old and was apparently signed by many people who lack credentials as climate scientists.
On his radio show, Bill O'Reilly criticized increased gasoline taxes as "secular progressive, social engineering crazy stuff" and declared that "we don't need any more taxes on anything" -- then endorsed a tax on gas-guzzling vehicles.
After being introduced as "a little bit of a skeptic on global warming," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers put forth a theory citing skewed global warming data that has been debunked by several recent studies.
The Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot falsely claimed that a new study by the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics undermines the science behind global warming.
The New York Times reported without challenge Sen. Ted Stevens's (R-AK) claim that in 1980, the Senate promised to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil drilling. In fact, the 1980 law creating ANWR only said that it would be up to Congress to decide whether to give permission to drill.
On NPR's Morning Edition, host Renée Montagne reported that "Democrats" criticized Sen. Ted Stevens's (R-AK) effort to attach a provision allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to a defense appropriations bill. In fact, Stevens's tactic received bipartisan criticism, including from at least five GOP senators and two House Republicans.
In recent days, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times misrepresented the facts underlying the debate over whether to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Both newspapers overstated the amount of oil that would be gained by drilling, and USA Today understated the area of land that would be affected by drilling.
MSNBC's Natalie Morales framed a judge's decision regarding the teaching of intelligent design in a Pennsylvania school district as "a major clash between faith and evolution," despite the judge's explicit statement that such an assumption "is utterly false."
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On CBN's The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson claimed that "the evolutionists worship atheism" and that because "evolution becomes their religion" it is "an establishment of religion contrary to the First Amendment." Robertson went on to suggest that evolution advocates were "fanatics," stating further, "it is a religion, it is a cult. It is cultish religion."
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On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that "[t]here is no evidence that we could destroy ecosystems." In fact, there is ample evidence that humans can -- and do -- devastate ecosystems.