|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 1997
FACTS FROZEN OUT
Network News and Global Warming
from groups as diverse as Greenpeace and Citizens for a Sound Economy
show that most climate scientists are skeptical of claims that the
climate change of the 20th century has been a result of greenhouse gas
emissions. This is news to network reporters. A study from the MRC's
Free Market Project demonstrates that over the past five years
reporters have presented a highly distorted picture of the global
warming debate. Specifically, researchers found:
1) Thirty-nine of the 48 network
evening news stories during the study period simply assumed that
science supports global warming theories. Only seven stories
mentioned that climate scientists are skeptical of claims that
humans are changing the earth's temperature.
2) Of the seven stories which did
mention that scientists are skeptical of global warming theories,
only two brought up the actual arguments of skeptical scientists.
(There were two stories during the study period that neither assumed
climate change nor brought up arguments against global warming.)
3) Only two of the 48 stories pointed
out that some scientists believe global warming, if it did occur,
would be a boon to human health and well-being. The other 46 stories
assumed global warming would be disastrous.
4) Only 10 of the 85 soundbite
sources reporters interviewed opposed policies aimed at curbing
greenhouse gas emissions, while 60 soundbite sources supported such
policies. Fifteen sources were neutral.
In order for their stories to be
balanced, reporters must present the arguments of the many climate
scientists who are skeptical of claims that humans are disastrously
warming the planet. So far, such scientists have rarely been heard
from on the evening news.
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