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May 8, 2001
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MRC Free Market Project Study Released Today …
GLOBAL WARMING MELTS JOURNALISTS INTO ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS
From Inauguration Day Through Earth Day Not A Single Global Warming Skeptic Appeared On The ABC, CBS Or NBC Nightly Newscasts
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- In a
striking finding of media bias, the Media
Research Center’s Free Market Project today released a
study showing how network news journalists have shed any pretense of
fairness or balance on global warming and have become environmental
activists, in staunch opposition to the Bush Administration on this
“For the three big network nightly newscasts to not air a
single comment from a global warming skeptic for three months is
beyond bias. It is pure
activism. The numbers
clearly show that with the exception of Fox News Channel, the
nightly network newscasts have become advocates for the
environmental extremist cause.
This is Chicken Little with a microphone and makeup,” said
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell.
MRC analysts reviewed all 51 stories aired on the nightly network
newscasts from Inauguration Day (Jan. 20) through Earth Day (April
22). Programs analyzed
included: ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, NBC Nightly
News with Tom Brokaw, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,
CNN Inside Politics, and Fox News Channel’s Special
Report with Brit Hume.
“Our findings, documenting blatantly one-sided media
coverage of the issue of global warming come as scientists with
impeccable credentials and no particular political ax to grind –
such as Dr. Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics or Dr. Richard Lindzen of MIT – concur that the
‘science’ of global warming is very much unsettled, flawed and
in many cases exaggerated,” Bozell said.
broadcast networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, totally excluded the views
of global warming skeptics from their coverage.
The view that
human-induced global warming is leading to catastrophic climate
change received six times as much attention as the views of
scientific skeptics who argue that such gloom-and-doom scenarios
are either exaggerated or wrong.
There were only
seven references to the existence of global warming skeptics.
Six of those were on the Fox News Channel, while the other was a
single reference by a CNN correspondent to a statement by
President Bush about “the
incomplete state of scientific knowledge.
In spite of
unanimous opposition to the Kyoto treaty in the U.S. Senate, the
networks provided Kyoto supporters with more than twice as much
airtime as backers of Bush’s decision to scrap the treaty (69%
By a nearly
two-to-one margin (65% to 35%), the networks also skewed the
debate over Bush’s decision not to regulate carbon dioxide
emissions in favor of his critics.
opponents of new restrictions on industrial activity such as
those included in the Kyoto deal were outnumbered 20 to 3 by
spokesmen for environmental groups, none of whom were ever
labeled as “liberal.”
Of The Networks’ “Chicken Little” Effect
temperatures on the rise, glaciers retreating, storms more frequent
and severe – a looming crisis, say many scientists, of the
greenhouse effect. Yet, claiming potential harm to the economy, the
White House today confirmed it will abandon the global accord to
curb emissions of carbon dioxide, the number one greenhouse gas”
– John Roberts, CBS Evening News, 3/28/01.
is punishment, say scientists, for sins of the past, the end result
of years of pollution. ... In the Midwest, deadly heat waves and
severe droughts. And in the Northeast, what is now precious
waterside property could one day be underwater. Scientists say
it’s no longer a matter of if, but when” – Byron Pitts, CBS
Evening News, 2/19/01.
To schedule an interview with Mr. Bozell or Free Market Project Director
Richard Noyes, contact Katie Wright at (703)-683-5004, ext.
132. See the full
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