Study: Fox News Climate Coverage Mostly Misleading

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By Chris O'Shea Comment

Fox NewsAccording to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists, if you want to learn something about climate science, don’t watch Fox News. Last year, the cable channel covered climate science 50 times, and 72 percent of the time those features included misleading statements.

Don’t feel too bad for the folks at Fox News, they’re trying. That number is actually an improvement from 2012, when the network’s climate coverage was incorrect 93 percent of the time. Ninety-three percent! How does that even happen? “Exclusive: The sun is made entirely of nougat. Here’s Bill O’Reilly, on why this is President Obama’s fault.”

MSNBC, meanwhile, was at the opposite end. The network covered climate science 132 times in 2013, with 92 percent of those features including correct statements.

The union’s report also included CNN (Fox News, MSNBC and CNN are the nation’s most watched cable news channels), which struck a happy medium between Fox News and MSNBC. CNN’s climate coverage was accurate 70 percent of the time.

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