"Brace yourself for some shocking news: a new study on Friday found that the two major publications of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation greatly mislead their audiences about climate change. The Union of Concerned Scientists combed six months of Fox News broadcasting and a year's worth of Wall Street Journal editorial pages for mentions of the science of 'climate change' and 'global warming,' then compared each claim to 'mainstream scientific understanding' of the topic at hand." They found 93% of the statements on Fox News were misleading and 81% of the statements on the Wall St. Journal's opionion pages were misleading.
Journalism & Media
"The drought of 2012, which continues to spread westward, is making its mark on the national consciousness in many ways. Rising food prices. Interrupted livelihoods. Fields of stunted, desiccated crops. All of this dryness has resonance in our video culture. Just go to YouTube and look at the proliferation of public service announcements on water conservation."
Appearance trumps reality in campaign ads as the GOP's war on the "war on coal" heats up.
"ALBANY, N.Y. — An environmental group is suing the Cuomo administration over public records pertaining to the state's communications with energy industry interests hoping to drill for shale gas in New York using hydraulic fracturing."
"Speaking truth to power is never easy. In some places, particularly where valuable resources are pursued in places with limited governance, it can be deadly."
Federal and state health officials say that pesticide spraying for adult mosquitoes has reduced risk of West Nile virus by killing specific percentages of mosquitoes. When confronted with Freedom of Information Act requests for the data to back up those claims, they do not seem to be able to find any.
"A recent report from 'PBS NewsHour' on climate change has drawn sharp criticism from climate groups that feel it provides a false sense of debate around the facts of climate change."
"The segment, which aired on September 16, features interviews with 'converted skeptic' and University of California, Berkeley professor Richard Muller, along with climate skeptic Anthony Watts, a retired meteorologist.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Edward Humes started his writing career in newspaper reporting, then moved to nonfiction books. Humes is currently updating his latest book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, researching his next environmentally themed book, and finishing a magazine article on the 80+ communities in California that are considering or have adopted bans on plastic grocery bags.
SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) grants $12,105 to five journalism projects in the Summer 2012 cycle, to cover travel, air-testing, and media-production expenses for print, audio, video, photo and online news. Photo: Grantee Tara Lohan, Alternet Editor.