I was going to talk more about books this month, but when things like this pop up in the Guardian, I can’t not mention climate change again:
Journalists at Fox News were under orders to cast doubt on any on-air mention of climate change, a leaked email obtained by a media monitoring group revealed today.
According to the email, obtained by Media Matters, Fox News’s Washington bureau chief, Bill Sammon, imposed an order to make time for climate sceptics within 15 minutes of the airing of a story about a scientific report showing that 2000-2009 was on track to be the hottest decade on record.
Media Matters said the bureau chief’s response to the report exhibited a pattern of bias by Fox News in its coverage of climate change.
It also noted the timing of the directive. The email went out on 8 December last year, when the leaders of nearly 200 countries met in Copenhagen to try to reach a deal on climate change.
The email reads: “We should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.”
It goes on to say: “It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.”
I’m not surprised by the leak, but it’s nice to finally have such a paper trail. It stresses again how much the media is manipulating this issue (but why – is it to do with the influence of oil companies?), and yet again the faith some people have in news corporations. I’m now waiting for the same proof to come out about the Daily Mail and Daily Express.
Semi-related, Aaron Dembski-Bowden showed me this on Facebook, which cheers me up no-end.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-F8EO3qOVk 500]