Fox News Climate Denial Dominates Cable News

A new academic paper confirms that Fox News systematically deceives its viewers about climate change, significantly altering their views. Nearly 60 percent of Fox News broadcasts were dismissive of climate change, whereas less than 20 percent were accepting of climate change. The researchers also found that Fox News does more than just reinforce existing bias. Republicans who watch Fox News were more influenced than Democrats — Republicans who watch CNN or MSNBC are less skeptical when exposed to information on the reality and urgency of climate change. The authors — Lauren Feldman, Edward Maibach, Connie Roser-Renouf, and Anthony Leiserowitz — also found that Fox News covered global warming dramatically more than CNN or MSNBC, having nearly 70 percent of the prime-time coverage of global warming in 2007-2008.

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