Study Reveals Bias in Media Coverage Toward Scientists Who Deny Climate Change 

081214FalseBalance_OrigA new study reveals that media coverage of climate change is heavily biased toward climate deniers. The study, which was recently featured by Climate Progress, shows that scientists who deny climate change are significantly more likely to receive frequent media attention than those who agree with the scientific consensus that climate change is real and human-caused: 30 percent of scientists who say that humans are playing a relatively small role in global climate change report receiving frequent media attention, compared with just 15 percent of scientists who say  that humans are playing a very significant role in causing climate change. Interestingly, the study also found that scientists who had published more peer-reviewed articles were more likely to attribute climate change to human causes.

False Balance Lives: Media Biased Toward Fringe Climate Scientists Who Reject Global Consensus

Joe Romm, Founding Editor of Climate Progress

A new study finds that the media disproportionately favors scientists who reject the basic scientific consensus on climate change. By consensus, I mean the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC), which are already overly cautious and watered down.

Some — though not most — analysts have declared the media’s era of false balance in climate coverage is over. But the truth is that the media continue to present the public a misleading picture on climate science, giving fringe scientists more attention (disproportionate to their actual number) than the leading climate scientists.

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