Search Results for: Maxwell Boykoff

Aug 30 2012

FAIR in the News

FAIR in the News On Coverage of Iraq …concerns about efforts by mainstream news media organizations to downplay public interest in the crises in the Middle East and the war in Iraq in particular are well founded according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the nation’s most prominent media watchdog group. A FAIR Media Advisory dated 12/19/07 is titled “War Is Over–Say the Pundits: But it’s media, not voters, who seem to have lost interest in Iraq.” FAIR reports that, “To hear many in the mainstream media tell it, the Iraq War is of diminishing importance to American voters. […]

Feb 1 2010

U.S. Climate Coverage in the ’00s

Tracking global warming’s media profile

As we depart from the ’00s and enter a new decade, the multi-faceted issue of climate change remains a high-stakes, highly contentious and high-profile challenge for understanding and engagement. Mass media are vitally important to public understanding of climate change, as they translate what can often be alienating, jargon-laden, formal climate science and policy; they powerfully shape and negotiate meaning, influencing how citizens make sense of and value the world. Therefore, intensity of media attention has a strong bearing on considerations for various policy actions as well as the spectrum of possibility for public engagement. From 2000 through 2009, coverage […]

Dec 24 2004

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on environmental coverage, Jules Boykoff on global warming

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: a holiday special on the media and the environment, including an interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author of Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals are Plundering the Country and Highjacking our Democracy. Kennedy says that at a time when we are living under worst environmental administration ever, the media are largely ignoring environmental stories. We’ll talk to Robert F. Kennedy about the media, the environment and George W. Bush. Also this week: There’s little– if any– serious scientific debate about what causes global warming. But you wouldn’t get […]

Nov 1 2004

Journalistic Balance as Global Warming Bias

Creating controversy where science finds consensus

A new study has found that when it comes to U.S. media coverage of global warming , superficial balance—telling “both” sides of the story—can actually be a form of informational bias. Despite the consistent assertions of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that human activities have had a “discernible” influence on the global climate and that global warming is a serious problem that must be addressed immediately, “he said/she said” reporting has allowed a small group of global warming skeptics to have their views greatly amplified. The current best climate research predicts that the Earth’s temperature could […]