Jan
08
2014

It's Cold Outside, So CNN Debates Climate Change

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Right from the beginning, the January 6 episode of CNN's Crossfire sounded like a bad idea. Here's the announcement that aired at the top of the show: How far below zero does it have to get to cool off the global warming debate? To make things clearer, the top of the show announcement continued: This week's historic cold brings out the skeptics. Will it put the climate change debate in the deep freeze? But while cold weather might "bring out" climate change deniers, it was CNN that decided to put one on Crossfire, creating a familiar–and false– "balance" between those […]

Nov
15
2013

FAIR TV: Typhoons and Climate Change, Chris Christie's Media Magic, More Iran Nonsense

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This week on FAIR TV: Media still hesitate to talk about climate change when covering extreme weather like the typhoon that just ravaged the Philippines. Chris Christie is "magical," says one pundit–we'll tell you what his trick is. And nuclear negotiations don't make media coverage of Iran any better.    

Nov
14
2013

Attributing Weather Events to Climate Change Is the Easy Part

Typhoon Haiyan

Climate change caused Typhoon Haiyan–in the basic and obvious sense that Haiyan would not have happened in the absence of climate change.

Nov
14
2013

Typhoon Haiyan and Climate Change: Why 'We Can't Say for Sure' Is Wrong

Super Typhoon Haiyan Bears Down On Philippines

In a rational world, Typhoon Haiyan would get media talking about climate change. But at the moment, it's barely part of the conversation.

Oct
21
2013

USA Today Forgets That Climate Is a Part of Wildfire Context

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The word "wildfire" has come up 1,457 times in USA Today's reporting–and it's been accompanied by the phrase "climate change" 73 times.

Oct
04
2013

FAIR TV: Shutdown Blame Game, CBS Misleads on Climate, and Brian Williams on Iran–Then and Now

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This week on FAIR TV: Media should take a side on who's causing the government shutdown. CBS Evening News wonders what happened to global warming. And Brian Williams can't believe the stunning shift from Iran on nuclear weapons–so who was this Brian Williams guy who was was reporting on the "new line" from Iran years ago? Take a look:  

Oct
01
2013

CBS Wonders What Happened to Global Warming

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A helpful report would debunk the long-running, completely inaccurate meme among climate change deniers that global warming has stopped. But CBS correspondent Mark Phillips doesn't really seem to be trying to be helpful.

Sep
19
2013

Is Oil Industry Funding of a Fracking Study a Problem? Let's Ask an Oil-Funded Expert

Natural gas drilling (cc photo: Helen Slottje)

To find out whether oil industry funding might have influenced a study, the New York Times went to someone who works for a think thank with numerous oil industry funders–including at least three of the companies who funded the study in question.

Jul
05
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden & Hayden, Pro-Equality 'Bias,' Climate Coverage

CBS covers the Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal by asking Bush-era NSA chief Michael Hayden for help. And NPR wonders if media coverage of marriage equality is too tilted in favor of… equality? Plus network TV doesn't cover Obama's climate speech–but the fake newscast at Comedy Central does.

Jul
02
2013

Obama's 'War on Coal' Isn't Real–But It's Really in the Newspaper

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Republicans discuss Barack Obama's environmental policies as a "war on coal." And in the New York Times, reporter Trip Gabriel covers that story not as someone trying to explain reality to readers, but as someone helping to make the Republican case.

Jul
02
2013

No Laughing Matter: Comedians Gave More Time Than News Shows to Climate Speech

Who would have thought the future of the environment was some kind of joke? It turns out comedians actually seem to care more about climate change than the people who produce real news programs do.

Jun
28
2013

NPR: And Now, for Balance, Bigots and Big Coal

Marriage equality opponent with sign: "Homosexuals Are Possessed by Demons" (cc photo: Tricky Toro)

When the law finally starts to catch up with the promise of equality for all, does one stop to wonder if anti-equality bigots feel left out? That's the question that NPR's All Things Considered tried to answer.

May
02
2013

NYT's Beat Sweetener on New Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (cc photo: Jack Storms/Burke Museum)

"Beat sweetener" was written all over John Broder's April 30 New York Times profile of new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, "a woman of untamed energy, competitiveness and confidence in the boardroom and on a mountain trail."