The liberal media made a lot of dubious claims about climate change, according to a year-end report
The Associated Press received $8 million in donations to fund climate coverage in 2022, with the news cooperative and several other major media publications implicated in dubious claims about climate change, according to an exclusive new year-end report.
The “Climate Fact Check 2022” report, presented by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Heartland Institute, Energy & Environmental Legal Institute, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), stated that “alarmists climate change” and members of the media engaged in claims about the relationship between man-made emissions and natural disasters, claims that clashed with “reality and science.”
In February, the Associated Press admitted it would assign more than 24 journalists around the world to cover “climate issues” after receiving more than $8 million over three years from various organizations.
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Organizations contributing to “philanthropy-funded news” through a “climate grant” include the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Quadrivium, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.
AP News vice president Brian Carovillano only accepts money “with no strings attached,” and said funders have no influence on the stories that run.
Similarly, in March 2021, High-ranking State Department officials discussed a proposal to sponsor foreign journalists “to have experiences that educate them on how to report on climate change,” according to emails obtained by Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) and shared with Fox News. Digital.
Steve Milloy, senior legal fellow at the Energy and Environmental Law Institute, told Fox News Digital that the Associate Press has essentially become a “propaganda outfit” for liberal organizations with climate agendas.
“It’s hard to claim that it’s news when you’re paid to report only one side of climate discourse,” he said.
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The report pointed to a recent Associated Press article, by reporter Seth Borenstein, called “New Abnormal: Climate disaster damage ‘cuts’ to $268 billion” as evidence of bias.
The article blamed the floods in Pakistan, Hurricane Ian, droughts in Europe, China and Africa, as well as deadly heat waves around the world on climate change.
“Weather disasters, many but not all driven by human-caused climate change, are occurring with such frequency that this year’s onslaught, which 20 years ago would have broken records by far, is now by some financial measures Seems like a bit of a break from past years,” Borenstein wrote.
The Climate Fact Check report questioned whether climate activists and “media mouthpieces” could legitimately attribute the damage caused by disasters to climate change or were simply trying to “navigate human tragedy” to further a political agenda. .
The report also highlighted several other climate claims from major media corporations, providing fact checks for articles written by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and more.
In August, Times reporter Derrick Bryson Taylor claimed that Britain brief heat waves this summer worsened with climate change. A fact check for the report noted that heat waves have dramatically decreased in duration and frequency in the US over the past 90 years, according to the National Climate Assessment.
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Furthermore, the report stated that it was “unlikely” that emissions are increasing heatwaves in Britain because higher temperatures in the UK were offset by cooling elsewhere. Additionally, meteorologist Cliff Mass said that while heat waves can bring temperatures 30 to 40 degrees above the norm, global warming is only at the noise level of 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Washington Post ran an article by Barry Svrluga in November with the headline “This World Cup ski season, climate change is winning.”
The article claimed that climate change had led to shorter winters and it was so hot that only one of the eight races could be held in mid-November. A fact check of the claim found that when the Ski World Cup began in the 1960s, the season started in January. However, it now starts in October.
“If the competition started in the winter, all would probably be fine because winter snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has increased since the 1960s,” the report states.
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Milloy said such claims have long been part of the 30 years of “climate hysteria” cultivated by liberal media networks and have little to show for their dire predictions.
“Instead of moving on to something else, they’re doubling down on this and looking worse at the same time,” he added.