How Fox News Debunks Global Warming

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This Treehugger article brings attention to an ad a Fox News journalist posted requesting a source to "point out the ridiculousness" of statements Al Gore recently made on the effects of global warming, even if the person accepts  "the somewhat-implausible argument."  This blatant desperation for anyone, regardless of qualifications or true beliefs on climate change, to provide a counter sound-bite against global warming is an unfortunate example of how Fox News reports can be biased and, in some cases, manipulative.

 

Posted on Treehugger.com
February 7, 2011

How Fox New Debunks Global Warming

By Brian Merchant

In case you missed it, last week, Gawker, Grist, and a number of other sites revealed the meticulous methodology employed by Fox News science and technology reporters in order to debunk climate change: They post ads in the personals calling for someone — anyone! — who'll do the denying, of course. Here's the query:

1. ENVIRONMENT/TODAY: Global Warming Causing More Snow? Come Again? — FoxNews.com Deadline: Feb 01, 2011 11:00 PM EST

Former Vice President Al Gore told Bill O'Reilly that: "A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species." We need comments from someone who can point out the ridiculousness of his argument, even if you accept the somewhat-implausible argument. I've been assigned this story just now by Fox News in New York for the science and technology desk. I'm looking for comments. Please send comments via e-mail. Please send your name, title and company you represent. Please send comments by 10 p.m. CST. Contact: Gene Koprowski

Via Gawker

 

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