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Published on December 19th, 2010 | by Jeremy Bloom


Fox News Viewers Misinformed About Global Warming (And Lots More)

Why do we have commenters here at Red Green & Blue saying things like, “Most scientists don’t believe in climate change”?
Because Fox News misinforms the public.

A new study from the University of Maryland (PDF) found that while in general folks who watched news were better informed about issues, there was an exception:

“…they found that regular viewers of the Fox News Channel, which tilts to the right in prime time, were significantly more likely to believe untruths about the Democratic health care overhaul, climate change and other subjects.”

What kind of other subjects? Regular Fox News viewers were:

  • 31 points more likely to mistakenly believe that “most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit”
  • 30 points more likely to mistakenly believe that “most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring”
  • 14 points more likely to mistakenly believe that “the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts”
  • 13 points more likely to mistakenly believe “the auto bailout only occurred under Obama;”
  • 12 points more likely to mistakenly believe that “when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it”
  • 31 points more likely to mistakenly believe that “it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States”

And how did Fox News respond to this critique of the way it is misleading a vast swath of the American public?

In a statement, Michael Clemente, who is the senior vice president of news editorial for the network, said: “The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having ‘Students Who Study The Least’ and being the ‘Best Party School’ – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was ‘researched’ with.”

Nice. Don’t address the issue, but attack the messenger. And in trademark Fox News style, too – do it with lies!

As the New York Times Mediacoder blog pointed out,

For the record, the Princeton Review says the University of Maryland ranks among the “Best Northeastern Colleges.” It was No. 19 on the Review’s list of “Best Party Schools.”

Thanks for calling them out on that one.

(Fox News cartoon image from The Simpsons, © Fox Television via The Smoking Gun)

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8 Responses to Fox News Viewers Misinformed About Global Warming (And Lots More)

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  2. stephenwv says:

    Does any one miss the unstated truth of the study? FOX news does not make these untrue statements. The study correctly points out that people who listen to FOX are more likely to believe these untruths, where ever they come from. Folks, its all in the spin.

    Does anybody understand statistics? I didn’t think so.
    I absolutely agree with these statement “that there is global warming.” No doubt about it. Look at the last 5000 years and it is obvious that we are in a global warming cycle. Look at the past 400,000 years and it is obvious we are in a global warming cycle. Look at the government’s data on the glacial – interglacial cycles. It is obvious. Here is the link
    NOTE: ” .gov”
    I suppose if someone bothered to work this into statistical data, there would be conclusions also.

    Another piece of information the government recently put out:
    “WHAT IS GLOBAL WARMING DOING TO THE OCEANS? It’s raising the oceans’ temperatures ever so slowly, but also, it’s making it easier for the ocean to absorb carbon dioxide” (CO2).

    Gee. I wonder if at the end of interglacial periods, oceans warm, lots of CO2 gets absorbed to “heal this warming virus infecting the earth?”
    Gee. Could it be that for 400,000 years or longer this cycle has occurred?
    Gee. Do you think that, for the Earth, this might be like an human immune system and why the Earth has been around for billions of years?
    Gee. Why are there no studies to relate this and other time cycles of global warming, like the 23,000 year cycle or the 1100 year cycle when looking at any effect that man made global warming has, if any, compared to many other time series studies that could be funded but are NOT when TRYING TO PROVE that there is man made global warming? Go figure.
    Gee. Why do they only look at the past 150 years of data that, even if it is identical to other interglacial ending periods, can absolutely declare that it MUST be (not definitely is) man made global warming.

    I wonder if there is any one that will make billions off of doing something to reverse global warming? (GE, Soros, etc?) Is there any one that stands to lose billions if nothing is done about global warming? (Al Gore, all the big money investors and companies that have been buying the carbon off set credits sold by the government on the stock market for the past 4 or so years, or maybe the government that will not be able to sell any more if nothing is done, etc.?).

    Here is one money trail that has been out for 2 years or so that has never been disproved and would have been if it could have been.

    Shorebank I

    Shorebank II

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