— by Shauna Theel, in a Media Matters cross-post
We noted in June that Fox News’ iPad app was sponsored exclusively by ExxonMobil, a corporation known for paying think tanks to obfuscate the scientific consensus on climate change. Now FoxNews.com’s “Planet Earth” section is also brought to you by the oil giant:
Earlier this year, FoxNews.com sought to debunk the fact that Earth has warmed over the past 30 years, as well as the notion that human activity has contributed to the warming with a “Planet Earth” article, portions of which “are utter nonsense” and “do not make sense” according to climatologists consulted by Media Matters.
Two recent stories that Fox News’ Planet Earth section ran on climate change were based around claims pushed by the Heartland Institute’s James Taylor and quoted Taylor’s views. A post by Taylor, which baselessly claimed a research group “doctors sea level data” to exaggerate climate change, inspired a FoxNews.com article asking, “Is climate change raising sea levels, as Al Gore has argued — or are climate scientists doctoring the data?”
And after a Forbes column by Taylor misinterpreted a climate study and declared that it blows a “gaping hole in global warming alarmism,” Fox News’ Planet Earth asked “Has a central tenant [sic] of global warming just collapsed?” The article falsely claimed the study showed the “planet isn’t heating up” and featured this image and caption:
The Heartland Institute is a libertarian think tank that hosts regular conferences disputing mainstream climate science and received $676,500 from ExxonMobil between 1998 and 2006, including $90,000 specifically for “General Operating Support — Climate Change.”
ExxonMobil pledged in 2008 to stop funding groups “whose positions on climate change could divert attention” from the need to develop secure, clean energy. But Exxon’s continued funding of Fox News’ ventures seems to contradict this pledge. Fox routinely pushes false claims about climate science, and it has even been the policy of Fox News to question the basic fact that the planet has warmed in recent decades.
— Shuana Theel, Media Matters
- At Denier Conference, Heartland Institute President Claims “Fossil Fuel Dependency” is “Not a Problem.”
Below are old comments from the earlier Facebook commenting system:
Funny how the charge from the EXXON-MOBIL Side is always “climate scientists are making up stuff to supplement their greedy research contracts” while ignoring the reality of the Oil companies sponsorship of the climate denial “science.”
Fox at least is honest with its sponsorship from EM.
Perhaps the NYT should do the same.
In contrast, Ray Anderson demonstrated that a petroleum-intensive industry can change and become even more profitable. Resources we discard now could become valuable. Ray Anderson, RIP: “He founded Interface in 1973, building it into a hugely successful enterprise. Then, in the summer of 1994, he read Paul Hawken’s book The Ecology of Commerce and was forever changed. He realized that industrialists like him had been fouling the environment for decades with their “take, make, and waste” model of production. But he also realized that we couldn’t restore the planet without the help of industry.
“Ray set out to create an alternative approach to manufacturing. He made a public pledge to something he named Mission Zero—a plan for eradicating Interface’s impact on the environment. Then he and his colleagues began inventing the ind…See More
If you think we’re going to consume our way out of this planetary _ck-up you’re as delusional as Sarah Palin.
Make no mistake about it. The deliberate propaganda campaign by corporatists against AGW is why society is not and likely will not react properly to this enormous problem.
And millions, if not billions, of innocent people will die because of this.
The question is: Do we have the guts to publicly, strongly, and consistently call this propaganda campaign a crime against humanity, or are we going to stay mute, cowed into silence like the citizens of Germany and Poland who knew what was going on in the concentration camps?
It’s a sign of how seriously hosed we are that Exxon doesn’t even try to hide it’s sponsorship of their main propaganda machine. Deck chairs bros, all we do is move the deck chairs around.
Can’t you guys ever get your facts straight? From a Heartland rebuttal published yesterday:
“Media Matters, and other critics of Heartland, have been beating the dead horse named ”they get money from ExxonMobil” for years. Indeed, it’s the same tired “argument” the left uses against any group that questions anthropogenic global warming. But consider this: You can’t read the science journal Nature without being bombarded by ads by from oil companies. Is Nature bought and paid for by “Big Oil”? Is Media Matters tracking gifts from wind and solar companies to environmental advocacy groups? Why not? (That’s a rhetorical question. We all know the answer.)
“As we’ve pointed out time and again, Exxon’s funding — or that of any single corporation, for that matter — was never more than 5 percent of The Heartland Institute’s annual budget. And here’s a key fact outfits such as Media Matters conveniently omit: Exxon’s support of Heartland stopped in 2006 – before Heartland stepped up its involvement in the climate change debate and two years before our first of now-six international conferences.”
Read it all here: http://blog.heartland.org/2011/08/media-matters-lies-about-the-heartland-institute-again/.
If you tell enough big lies, and get enough people to believe them, it becomes easier to convince your followers that the people trying to get at the truth are the big liars.
This, in my opinion, is the main usefulness to the right of calling Global Warming a hoax. They would have far too much to lose if they ever gave that up and admitted there is even some Global Warming effect.
There are some exceptions among the less automatically propagandistic elements of the right, like the National Review article at http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/198279/i-liberty-and-tyranny-i-and-epistemic-closure/jim-manzi.
Paul Magnus · Top Commenter
Soit wouldn’t surprise me Fox is plain owned by Exxon or one of those like.
Only not officially on the books.
Its media is so blatant it makes you cringe, yet nought can be done about it.
“Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns a 7 percent stake in News Corp — the parent company of Fox News — making him the largest shareholder outside the family of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.”http://thinkprogress.org/media/2010/02/10/81482/right-rebels-foxnews/
sasparillafizz (signed in using Yahoo)
sponsored by ExxonMobil…amazing…its right out there in the open.
It’s nice when criminals can be open about their crimes, and still get off scot-free.