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Fox being Fox
In a world where so many things are so rapidly changing, it may be of comfort to know that Fox doggedly will be Fox:
The recent Arctic chill has given Fox News an excuse to give "skeptics" a platform to deny climate change and bash climate science. But the network has been remiss to discuss the topic during periods of record heat.

During their coverage of cold weather from January 2 to January 8, Fox News brought up climate change nine times, casting doubt on it every single time. They also devoted a significant amount of coverage to a ship getting stuck in Antarctic ice to mock climate change during this period. But this strongly contrasts Fox News' coverage of extreme heat events, in which the network is typically silent on the topic of global warming. A previous Media Matters analysis found that, in a parallel week-long time period in 2011, Fox News did not mention climate change once while reporting on an unusually intense heat wave. And throughout the entire month of July 2012, which was the hottest month on record for the United States, the network discussed climate change in the heat wave's context once -- in order to deny it.

This is hardly surprising. In the Media Matters roundup of the "13 Dumbest Things Media Said About Climate Change In 2013", Fox scored seven times. Rush Limbaugh, who even a Republican scientist recently said knows nothing about science, was a distant second, with two.
Meanwhile, MSNBC primarily featured the anti-scientific "skeptic" claims to dismiss them in its five segments on the topic. CNN meteorologist Chad Meyers rebutted the "skeptic" claims in one segment, but in CNN's only other segment on the topic, the network portrayed the science of global warming as up for a "debate" by non-scientists.
To reiterate: among actual scientists, this is considered settled science. The research is overwhelming. The existence of winter does not disprove global warming, and in fact, some scientists attribute the recent deep freeze to global warming, an idea that is not new. Of course, Fox doesn't care about the actual scientific facts; Fox has an agenda, and that agenda does not include trying to find and report the truth.

Originally posted to Laurence Lewis on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM PST.

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  •  you don't need a weather underground to know which (4+ / 0-)

    way the wind blows.... because sailing the seas depends on the helmsman

    For other uses, see Weather Underground(disambiguation).

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:34:01 AM PST

  •  You'd think for (8+ / 0-)

    programming owned by an Aussie, they'd at least know the temperature in Australia right now.

    Stupid assholes.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:45:23 AM PST

  •  Bring back the Fairness Doctrine (4+ / 0-)

    ..and update it to include cable and satellite.

    24-7 propaganda and lunacy shouldn't be allowed to portray itself as "News" in a nation worthy of being called the United States of America.

    Journalists" should be actual journalists - and "Experts" should be actual experts in the field in which they are attempting to explain and inform their viewers.

    We've always had our faults and shortcomings, but belief in science was for everyone but the far fringes back when this country was quasi-functional and accomplishing great things.

    Now the argument is supposed to be whether or not Santa Claus has pink cheeks?


    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:06:42 PM PST

  •  Maybe this is reason enough (2+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis, jayden

    to "heat troll" as DarkSyde (or was it Mark Sumner?) put it over the weekend. Or is there a better way to combat this type of snow trolling from the RW noise machine?

    "In text, use only a single word space after all sentence punctuation." - Oxford Style Manual, Oxford University Press, 2003.

    by shaggies2009 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:25:51 PM PST

  •  Of course nothing happens in the rest of world (3+ / 0-)

    Australia is having a prolonged heatwave. The temps have been 104 for the last couple of days and it's expected to be 111 tomorrow.

    From the Financial Times:

    Australia’s second severe heatwave in a fortnight follows confirmation by the Bureau of Meteorology that 2013 was the country’s hottest year on record. Average temperatures were 1.2C above the long-term average, breaking the previous record set in 2005 by 0.17C.

    “Rising temperatures in Australia are a signal of climate change that has emerged very clearly from recent analysis,” said Peter Stott, head of climate monitoring at the UK Meteorological Office Hadley Centre. “Last year’s temperatures were a long way outside the envelope of variability that we would expect in the absence of climate change.”

    From The Telegraph:
    Australia's record heatwave: melting bottles and fainting ball boys

    Top-ranked tennis players in Australia faint and hallucinate as a heatwave melts water bottles and forces beach life guards to work at night

  •  Global Warming (0+ / 0-)

    is going to kill your children.

    •  If you're younger that 40 or 50, (1+ / 0-)
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      Global Warming is going to kill your children.
      Global Warming may kill you.  If you're younger than 20 Global Warming will probably kill you.  

      Makes me glad I didn't have children.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 03:26:13 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Global Warming does not = Climate Warming in all (0+ / 0-)

    regions of the planet.  This is the confusion upon which Fox plays, to confound the public and support a do-nothing corporate agenda.

  •  That's excellent. (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    If I was Fox, I'd die of embarrassment.

    Unfortunately, I'm not.

  •  Has Someone Charted Fox Climate Coverage When (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    cold vs Fox coverage when hot?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 07:16:04 PM PST

  •  there are actually plenty of record heat events (2+ / 0-)
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    happening right now, concurrent with the extreme cold conditions in the Northern Hemisphere, in places where it is summer. Actually, there are whole continents on fire. Right now. If they are only reporting the cold with the purpose of denying that manmade climate change effects weather patterns at all ends of the spectrum and makes them more extreme (hotter heat, windier wind, colder cold etc), it's most assuredly not for lack of ongoing proof right in front of their faces.

    It's because they (Fox) are in the business of perpetrating crimes against humanity via propaganda, and ought to be prosecuted, tried and incarcerated appropriately, to where they can no longer do the damage and assist in the ecocide that is one of their expressed purposes for existing.

    To deny the reality of this issue in spite of all available evidence and research is to knowingly and with malice aforethought participate in the intentional extermination of all life on this planet at this point; there simply is no other valid characterization of these activities on the part of Fox and their readymade stable of obfuscators and denialists. We are talking about mass murderers at this point, or at the least enablers and accessories to mass murder.

    Roger Ailes needs a trip to the Hague, you see. And not as a tourist. In an orange jumpsuit. With his wretched, porcine excuse for a life on the line. Period.

    "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

    by emperor nobody on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 07:19:12 PM PST

  •  And from Salon: cold spell vs heat wave (2+ / 0-)
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    on the cusp, NevDem

    Salon: How Fox News’ climate coverage is affected by cold spells and heat waves | Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 12:37 PM PST

    9,135 out of 9,136 scientists believe climate change is happening

    There is no "debate"

    Thx Laurence Lewis

    P.S. Media Matters website is not responding on all the links I've tried  - pissed off RWNJ deniers jamming up the works? if so - it's got them worried - good

    •  With a video on the polar vortex (1+ / 0-)
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      Why Fox News Mentioned Climate Change More Than MSNBC During the Polar Vortex - January 17, 2014  By Kristine Wong

      The study’s results pushed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and eight of his peers to write a letter to ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox yesterday advocating for increased climate change coverage by the networks.

      “Although it is a modest improvement over the eight minutes of coverage in 2012,” their letter read, “given the widely recognized challenge that climate change poses to the nation and the world, this is an absurdly short amount of time for a subject of such importance.”

  •  WE can thank the current SCOTUS (1+ / 0-)
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    for encouraging Faux News in its insanity by their decision which said it is perfectly alright for organizations purporting to be presenting the News to lie their asses off with complete impunity.

    "How come we choose from just two people for President, and fifty for Miss America?" - Alfred E. Neuman

  •  It's not that cons don't believe in science... (2+ / 0-)
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    annominous, skod's just that they don't like the CONSEQUENCES and SOLUTIONS which usually imply higher costs and more restrictions, which they abhor above anything all.

    Conservatives are simply cheap bastartds who want to be able to screw the environment as much as possible at the cheapest cost possible.

    When they talk about "saving future generations" from the debt, it's just a cheap excuse to try to shut down programmes benefitting the poor, for they don't give a rat's ass about the "future generations" as proven by their refusal of any environmental legislations.

  •  Deny it, and we'll lose it. (1+ / 0-)
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    I will live a life of immortality until the hour of my death.

    by glb3 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 08:01:57 PM PST

  •  A Ship stuck in Antarctic ice this time of year (0+ / 0-)

    is summer in Antarctica. Different hemisphere.

    A hungry man is not a free man ~ Adlai Stevenson

    by Max Runk on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:00:06 PM PST

  •  Watch the Senate Environment and Public Works (1+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis

    committee hearing that took place January 16. The topic, "Review of the President's Climate Action Plan".hearing

    It goes without saying that all of the Repubs are deniers, because climate change takes away their liberty. Watch and see all of the Republicans act just like they do in all of the other committee meetings and hearings.

    If you watch the whole thing, you realize that they never really substantively reviewed the President's plan because they just argued. Good grief.

    I can't remember which Senator YELLED that the EPA was going to have unlimited POWAAAAH and could come to your home and arrest your lawnmower and BBQ grill! Really.

    Sen. Barrasso tried to appear studied and authoritative, and spouted off about poverty and lack of jobs and showed a poster of  LBJ talking to a coal mining family --he gave stats on coal mines closing and how much  federal aid goes to poor families--Obama is the coal mining jobs killer!!! He proclaimed the EPA is in collusion with the extremist environmental groups to wipe out coal and drive up energy costs---He cited an AP article from Jan 10--It states that EPA and Sierra Club corresponded by email about coal plant regulations!!. Sen Boxer informed Sen Barrasso that there are fewer mining jobs because production is up, and that, as for his claims that reducing greenhouse gases is an economic drag...well, he is wrong on that one too.

    The parade of misinformation, incoherent science, and the general lack of understanding of the subject matter coming from the Republicans was extraordinary.

    It could be funny if it were not so pathetic.

    At times, Senators Whitehouse and Boxer (Chair) were about to pull their hair out and obviously couldn't believe they had to humor those Twilight Zone characters (who want to protect the American people from everything Barak Obama).

    The camera would shift back and forth between the Senators and the witnesses. Pay attention to the faces of the witnesses as they were being grilled by the Repubs. Several of them appeared perplexed or were trying not to laugh. Some looked tempted to reach for an oversized inflatable hammer with which to hit senators on their heads.

    These Republicans were incapable of grasping the implications of the science. They could not see how taking action will begin to slow the destruction of the environment, improve health and quality of life, and spur innovation and economic growth. They could not understand that if the US doesn't develop the technology, the Chinese will.  They could not understand that the increased ocean acidity and sea levels are already doing damage economically along the Atlantic coast.

    Sen Boxer explained that even huge corporations are buying in and concerned about climate change. Those companies are starting to impose company internal carbon taxes (you would think the Republicans would pay attention).

    EPA head Gina McCarthy said the EPA is already being sued for not taking enough action to reduce greenhouse gases, and that the EPA is not required to wait for Congressional approval to proceed with addressing the problem (that did not go over well).

    So get comfy and settle in ...the show is long and you will be screaming at your television. I surely did.

  •  I see that chart and think CNN is so bad. (0+ / 0-)

    Fox at least knows what it is trying to do, as does MSNBC.  What the hell is CNN doing?  Make sure we cover the actual news and the misinformation equally, to be fair?  They're nuts.

    See you in Heaven if you make the list. R.E.M.

    by Akronborn on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 11:06:41 PM PST

  •  Record drought right now in California, (0+ / 0-)

    near record in Oregon.    No snow to play with in the mountains.    You might not believe that the drought is related to climate change, but you certainly can't use the cold spell in the rest of the country to disprove it.

  •  maybe someday (0+ / 0-)

    because of the way fox views science (theory) fox just like its con old white viewers will go the way of the dinosaur, dinosaurs were cuter, one can only hope.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

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