New report demonstrates strong media bias against climate change “skeptics”

A just released report by the Business & Media Institute, titled "Global
Warming Censored: Networks Stifle Debate, Rely on Politicians, Rock Stars and Men-on-the-Street for Science
", indicates clearly that major media outlets have unfairly weighted their climate change-related coverage in favor of the view that humans are the primary cause of climate change and that anthropogenic climate change will have profound and irreversible negative impacts on the Earth’s environment.

Report authors reviewed over 200 media stories published in 2007 and found that so-called skeptical opinions were admitted in only 20 percent of the reporting. Additionally, when those opinions were referred to, they were typically tarred with pejorative terms like, "deniers" and "cynics."

The report provides the following information:

  • Global warming proponents interviewed or covered outnumbered skeptics by an average of 13 to 1.
  • 85 percent of global warming proponents were non-scientists or were unidentified as scientists. The majority of people relied on for information on global climate change were politicians and celebrities.
  • The costs of "fixing" the climate change issues were covered in only 11 percent of stories on the issue.
  • One jounalist argued against providing balancing views on climate change, claiming that doing so would be akin to finding holocaust deniers when doing a story on WWII concentration camp survivors.
  • Other reporters referred to the so-called consensus view on climate change as "unequivocal" and "definitive."

Report authors provide suggestions for media and government on how best to proceed with covering the climate change issue.

You can download the full report from the BMI website.

07. March 2008 by
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