The big three American networks – CNN, Fox News and MSNBC – have been put under the magnifying glass of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Climate change and Misinformation : This is the effect of the study released by the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists ) on the communication of climate change in three major American networks . ” Science or misinformation ? ” Headlines the research, which puts it under a magnifying glass CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, the cable tv channels most watched in the United States . Authoritative sources of information for the public, but also for policy makers .
To find the accuracy with which information on climate change has been transmitted , the UCS analyzed the media coverage of the issue in 2013 , noting substantial differences between the three broadcasters. The methodology used to conduct the survey was quite severe : the information segments (programs) that contained some inaccuracies were classified as misleading.
Fox News is finished in last place : 72% of climate information conveyed by the issuer, according to the expert group contained incorrect statements . The UCS considered reliable only 14 out of 50 posts during the year. MSNBC , in contrast, was the most accurate , with a percentage of misinformation of only 8 % . Furthermore , the number of programs transmitted by the network was more than twice : well 132 segments , of which only 11 are considered misleading . The few mistakes of MSNBC are linked to exaggerations of the guests about the relationship between extreme weather events ( tornadoes, floods) and climate change.
CNN stood in the middle , with 30% of the inaccuracy of 43 programs aired . However, the communication network has been considered quite realistic. It was considered ” misleading ” its pluralism , that is, the tendency to invite in the debates even the deniers . Researchers have suggested to CNN , to increase the accuracy of change point of view : ” Rather than focus the debates about the existence or otherwise of climate change, it would be better to give it for granted and to focus on possible solutions transmissions . The public needs information that expresses the correct scientific positions . The media system can do better to issue a statement based on facts. If you are talking about climate change in these terms, it would also be easier to stimulate policies to tackle it . “