Here we go again with another appalling Wonkette Sci-Blog. Fix yourselves a Brain Stimulating Beverage and come on in.
Earlier this year, scientists affiliated with five American universities released a study titled “An attack on science? Media use, trust in scientists, and perceptions of global warming.” The researchers surveyed a representative sub-sample of U.S. media consumers, in 2008 and 2012, about their belief (or lack thereof) in global warming and the types of media they preferred. In addition, they categorized coverage of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW, or “climate change”) among all the major media sites, from CNN to Fox to MSNBC to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. What they found – no surprises here – is that there’s a strong positive correlation with exposure to “conservative media” and climate change denial. It’s not exactly Hot News that people who watch Fox or listen to Limbaugh exclusively are the biggest skeptics of global warming — read the comments in any AGW story on Yahoo or Fox, or listen to the average caller on CSPAN’s Washington Journal — if you dare. The real news here is the lengths to which right wing media go to create doubt and craft controversy over years of internationally published scientific findings that have survived skeptical peer review, data validation and experimental verification and all lead to the conclusion that’s accepted by 98% of all the climate science professionals worldwide.