Journalism & Media

"News Corp Misleads Audience on Climate Change"

"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.

Source: Mother Jones, 09/24/2012

"Via YouTube, a New Conservation Genre"

"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."

Source: Green/NYT, 09/21/2012
September 19, 2012 to September 25, 2012

Lewis M. Branscomb Science and Democracy Forum-Sept 19th, 25th

Join the Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) Center for Science and Democracy for a forum on barriers to citizen access to governmental scientific information. Attend the symposium via webcast or in person at the Newseum (limited seating) from 8:30 to Noon EDT. The session is free but requires registration.


Critics Question Claims of Spray Success Against West Nile Mosquitoes

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.

Source: Huffington Post, 09/19/2012

"PBS NewsHour's Climate Change Report Raises Eyebrows (VIDEO)"

"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.

Source: Huffington Post, 09/19/2012

SEJ Member Spotlight: Edward Humes

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.



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