From the September 23 edition of FoxNews.com's Power Play with Chris Stirewalt:
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In the rush to cover the bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that received a loan guarantee from the federal government, many news media outlets have misrepresented or omitted key facts.
Fox News "Medical A-Team" expert Dr. Keith Ablow has repeatedly used his Fox platform to launch unscientific and prejudicial attacks on Chaz Bono and his appearance on Dancing With the Stars. The president of the American Psychiatric Association and one of its specialists in gender identity have rebutted Ablow's attacks, calling them "opinions, scare tactics, and inflammatory language."
In a news article about Al Gore's upcoming 24 Hours of Reality event, FoxNews.com decided to report what the public thinks scientists think about climate change, without mentioning what scientists actually think:
The battle Gore faces is not against a nameless group of well-heeled competitors, however, but against the public itself.
Public perception of climate change has steadily fallen since the "Climategate" scandal in late 2009. A Rasmussen Reports public opinion poll from August noted that 57 percent of adults believe there is significant disagreement within the scientific community on global warming, up five points from late 2009.
It's a great trick. Repeatedly tell people that scientists disagree on whether manmade global warming is happening and then when that misconception shows up in public opinion polls, you get to report on that too! Incidentally, a December 2010 survey found that those who watched Fox News almost daily were 30 points more likely than those who never watched Fox to disagree with the statement, "Most scientists believe that climate change is occurring."
But multiple surveys have established that the vast majority of scientists agree manmade climate change is a reality. Two studies have concluded that among scientists most actively researching climate science, agreement is nearly unanimous on the basic tenets of manmade global warming. And as NPR reported, the National Academy of Sciences, "known for its cautious and even-handed reviews of the state of science, is firmly on board with climate change," as are a long list of other scientific organizations.
The question of whether humans are changing the climate is "about as settled as any major scientific issue can be," in the words of the Associated Press.
Fox News is suggesting that President Obama has broken a promise he made in March that he would not put boots on the ground in Libya. But as Fox itself is reporting, there are a total of "[e]ight boots ... belonging to four individuals" on the ground.
And those four individuals are "military personnel with expertise in explosives" and "general security" personnel advising the State Department on how to rebuild the U.S. embassy in Tripoli. So it sure does not appear that Obama has broken any promises not to put boots on the ground to fight in Libya.
Nevertheless, here's supposed "straight-news" anchor Jenna Lee beginning a report by claiming that "We've heard the president and others say that there will be no boots on the ground in Libya and now we know that there are boots on the ground":
The story also made Fox's evening "straight news." On The Fox Report, correspondent Jennifer Griffins' concluded a segment on "U.S. boots on the ground in Libya" by stating that "Both State Department and Pentagon officials today insist that this is not a breach of the president's promise not to place boots on the ground, a promise that he made back in March." The host of the show, Shepard Smith, sarcastically replied to Griffin stating, "And they also insist it's not a war so there you go."
An article on FoxNews.com parroted the same information in an article titled "U.S. Boots on the Ground In Libya, Pentagon Confirms." The article stated that "Obama assured Americans in March when the bombing campaign over Libya began that there would be no boots on the ground. From the East Room of the White House on March 18, he said: "The United States is not going to deploy ground troops into Libya."
Last month conservative media ran with a study by climatologist Roy Spencer which they claimed "throws the entire global warming theory into question," in the words of Lou Dobbs. A Fox News.com article asked, "Has a central tenant [sic] of global warming just collapsed?" and Fox News anchor Bret Baier asserted that the study "appears to be blowing a hole in global warming," echoing a Forbes column by James Taylor of the Heartland Institute.
In reality, their claims overstated the findings of the study, which itself was widely criticized by climate experts.
Today the editor of Remote Sensing, the journal that published the paper, resigned after concluding that it should "not have been published." The editor, Wolfgang Wagner, also criticized Forbes and Fox News for exaggerating the findings:
Peer-reviewed journals are a pillar of modern science. Their aim is to achieve highest scientific standards by carrying out a rigorous peer review that is, as a minimum requirement, supposed to be able to identify fundamental methodological errors or false claims. Unfortunately, as many climate researchers and engaged observers of the climate change debate pointed out in various internet discussion fora, the paper by Spencer and Braswell that was recently published in Remote Sensing is most likely problematic in both aspects and should therefore not have been published.
After having become aware of the situation, and studying the various pro and contra arguments, I agree with the critics of the paper. Therefore, I would like to take the responsibility for this editorial decision and, as a result, step down as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Remote Sensing.
With this step I would also like to personally protest against how the authors and like-minded climate sceptics have much exaggerated the paper's conclusions in public statements, e.g., in a press release of The University of Alabama in Huntsville from 27 July 2011, the main author's personal homepage, the story "New NASA data blow gaping hole in global warming alarmism" published by Forbes, and the story "Does NASA data show global warming lost in space?" published by Fox News, to name just a few.
We'll let you know if Fox reports on Wagner's resignation.
Led by journalists at Fox News, media figures have mocked the Obama administration for using the phrase "federal family" to refer to federal agencies involved in Hurricane Irene relief efforts, suggesting that the administration invented the phrase as a "euphemism" for "federal government." However, "federal family" is not a new phrase; it dates back to at least George H.W. Bush's administration and was regularly used by members of George W. Bush's administration when discussing disaster relief.
When asked about industrial agriculture's impact on the environment, Al Gore actually said:
Industrial agriculture is a part of the problem. Organic farming, relying on more productive, safer methods that put carbon back in the soil, produce safer and better food, that's a big part of it. The shift toward a more meat-intensive diet is also part of the problem. The clearing of forest areas in many parts of the world in order to raise more cattle, that's a part of it. The reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer as a Faustian bargain, it's kind of like steroids, it gives a pop but then the soil degrades. So yeah, agriculture is a significant part of this. We have to change it.
It is well documented that increasing global demand for meat has environmental consequences. To characterize Gore's acknowledgment of this fact as a call for everyone to become vegetarian is simply a distortion.
While Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast, an op-ed at FoxNews.com advocated for eliminating the National Weather Service, a government agency that provides weather data and forecasts for public and private use. In the piece, the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Iain Murray and David Bier laughably complain that the National Weather Service "hijacks local radio and television stations" to "force" potentially lifesaving weather warnings on the public, and claim the NWS "may actually be dangerous."
To support this claim, CEI suggests the NWS did a poor job predicting Hurricane Katrina. In fact, two days before the hurricane hit New Orleans, the NWS reportedly predicted the hurricane's strength with "unusual" accuracy, and the director of NWS's National Hurricane Center personally warned the Mayor of New Orleans and the governors of Mississippi and Louisiana. Republican Senator Jim DeMint praised the NWS for their early and accurate forecast, saying it "saved countless lives along the Gulf Coast."
The Washington Post's Richard Cohen recently criticized GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry for wrongly stating that "there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data" to exaggerate global warming.
Responding to Cohen's piece, NewsBusters, a project of the Media Research Center, defended Perry's remarks, claiming that it has been "clearly proven" that scientists doctored the data:
As for the manipulation of data, 2009's ClimateGate as well as a myriad of recent findings concerning significant errors in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 report have clearly proven this.
The only thing that has been "clearly proven" from the overblown "ClimateGate" controversy is that no amount of evidence will disabuse conservative media of the misconception that "ClimateGate" exposed scientists manipulating data to exaggerate global warming. This claim has simply become part of their retelling of history. But it is baseless.
A FoxNews.com article stated that a stimulus grant in Nevada of $490,000 created only 1.72 jobs, but according to the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, only $213,682.77 of the stimulus grant money has been received. Additionally, FoxNews.com's own article explains that the money is helping to pay the salaries of individuals already employed by the Nevada Division of Forestry, as well as a variety of public-works projects.
Earlier this week week, the Obama Administration announced a new immigration policy instructing law enforcement to use prosecutorial discretion in order to postpone the deportation proceedings of certain undocumented workers and prioritize the deportation of convicted criminals. Since the announcement was made, Fox news has claimed the policy is tantamount to "amnesty."
Despite rushing to demagogue the issue, a Fox online poll showed viewers agreed that focusing on dangerous criminals makes sense.
Here are the results as of August 19 at 7:50 p.m.:
On this week's edition of Environment Matters, Jocelyn Fong and Shauna Theel discuss ExxonMobil's sponsorship of Fox News ventures and climate change misinformation propagated by frequent Fox guest Joe Bastardi.
FoxNews.com and Fox Nation have an exclusive. They are hyping a Democratic National Committee memo on "what to expect from" tonight's Fox-sponsored Republican debate. Problem is, it's not so exclusive.
From Fox Nation:
This was obviously a great scoop for Fox. In fact, the DNC wanted to keep this memo so top-secret that they have posted it on their website.
We noted in June that Fox News' iPad app was sponsored exclusively by ExxonMobil, a corporation known for paying think tanks to obfuscate the scientific consensus on climate change. Now FoxNews.com's "Planet Earth" section is also brought to you by the oil giant: