“Al Gore has complained that the media are biased against the inconvenient truth of global warming,” the Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes notes at www.mrc.org.
“ ‘I believe that is one of the principal reasons why political leaders around the world have not yet taken action,’ Gore told a ‘Media Ethics Summit’ at Middle Tennessee State University back in February. Gore lectured journalists that any coverage of views opposed to his own was irresponsible, calling it ‘balance as bias.’
“It’s impossible to imagine the big TV networks actually accepting an edict from a conservative politician to report only their side of a major public policy issue, but a new Media Research Center study of ABC, CBS and NBC’s globalwarming coverage finds the networks are giving Gore practically everything he demanded. Not only does nearly every global-warming story exclude any contrary voices, but the coverage of Al Gore personally has been exceptionally positive as well,” Mr. Noyes said.
“MRC analysts examined all 115 news stories that dealt with global warming from Jan. 1 through April 15 on NBC’s ‘Today,’ ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ and CBS’s ‘The Early Show.’ These morning news programs had a combined audience of more than 13 million during the first three months of 2007.
“Unlike the networks’ evening newscasts, the two- and threehour morning shows have longer segments that should (in theory) make it easier to include multiple points of view on controversial topics. But MRC’s analysts found just four stories out of 115 (just over 3 percent) contained any mention of dissent from Gore’s approach to global warming — and even those stories were heavily stacked in favor of his ‘climate crisis’ position.”
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