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Networks Exclude Critics of 'Global Warming'

Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:00 AM

A report by Washington-based Media Research Center, which analyzed coverage of the issue on five national broadcast and cable news networks from Jan. 20 through April 22, shows that of the 51 news stories relating to the theory of global warming, there were only seven references to skeptics.

The analysis by the MRC, the parent organization of CNSNews.com, also showed that ABC, CBS and NBC nightly news coverage "totally excluded the views of global warming skeptics from their coverage."

According to the study, the global warming theories went unquestioned 63 percent of the time on Fox News Channel, and it went unquestioned 97 percent of the time by ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC.

Only Fox offered both sides of the debate, the study found, offering skepticism to liberal theories on global warming 31 percent of the time, compared with only 3 percent on the broadcast news outlets.

The debate over carbon dioxide regulation got heavy play on all major networks, but only Fox and CNN showed sound bites from individuals other than Bush administration officials in favor of Bush's decision not to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

Fox gave the pro-regulation stance 56 percent of the time compared to 44 percent of the anti-regulation viewpoint.

CNN pushed the pro-regulation opinion 64 percent of the time, compared to 36 percent coverage of anti-regulation views. The broadcast networks drove the pro-regulation viewpoint home 73 percent of the time, compared to 27 percent of anti-regulation theories.

The study also found that when debating the Senate-defeated Kyoto Protocol, the broadcast news coverage favored the protocol 78 percent of the time, compared to 56 percent of the time by CNN and 67 percent of the time by Fox.

The anti-Kyoto stance was found in reporters and sources' statements only 22 percent of the time by broadcast news, 44 percent by CNN and 33 percent by Fox.

President Bush has indicated his administration will not follow through on the Kyoto Protocol, and a summary of the report notes that the absence of opposing viewpoints in network's news coverage "made the president's actions appear to be short-sighted economic decisions based on unsound science."

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