Settlement Aside, History Will Record Who, and What, Fox News Really Is

April 19, 2023

Huge disappointment that we did not get to see attorneys grilling Rupert Murcoch, Tucker Carlson, and Sean Hannity about their documented pattern of lies following the 2020 election, and January 6 insurrection.
Still hope that another, larger, voting machine company, Smartmatic, that also has a suit pending, may yet proceed with that. There are also shareholder suits yet to be heard. Above, Brian Stelter, a long time Fox critic, on the settlement.

No surprise to readers here that Fox News has been revealed to be exactly what we already knew it was – a sewer of lies, misinformation and fossil fuel propaganda. It’s also, sadly, no surprise that Fox’s business model, – that a sizable segment of the population want a channel that will reliably lie to them, is spot on.

Public Citizen:

Climate denial claims dominated 86% of climate change segments on Fox News this year, according to a new Public Citizen analysis.

In 2018, myriad extreme weather events wreaked havoc across the globe, yet dangerous climate denial still persists in our political institutions, funded by Big Polluters and fed to large parts of the populace by right-wing media, further contributing to ongoing and deadly inaction.

A review of Fox News programs for the first half of 2019 reveals that the network continues to give ample airtime to long-debunked climate myths and fringe deniers. Of Fox’s 247 segments that involved considerable discussion on the issue, 212 (86%) were dismissive of the climate crisis, cast warming and its consequences in doubt or employed fearmongering when discussing climate solutions.

Fox News programs had 10 contributors who commented on climate-related issues at least twice during the six-month period. None of these contributors is a climate scientist and none has appeared on another network. In absolute terms, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” ran the most climate denial segments with 41 or approximately seven per month, followed by “Hannity” with 32 and “The Five” with 29. However, two programs, “Special Report With Bret Baier” and “Fox News @ Night” together accounted for 24 of the 35 segments that were neutral when mentioning climate change or discussion of climate solutions.

I love reposting Fox’s continued reporting on “Global Cooling” which they have claimed, over and over, for more than a decade, is just around the corner.

Below, “The Last of Us” (a climate change twist on zombie movies if you still have not seen..) as reported by Fox.


3 Responses to “Settlement Aside, History Will Record Who, and What, Fox News Really Is”

  1. jimbills Says:

    The saddest part is that Fox got away without not having to post or air an admission of guilt. Their statement was along the lines of “we accept the court’s findings”. Dominion’s lawyers had the take that money is a meaningful result. Well, yes, to Dominion it is. To society in general, not as much.

    There are also pending suits against Newsmax and OANN as well as the Smartmatic suits.

    But, people are still people. To many in the country, this will either be ignored or discounted – they’ll go on believing what they want to believe.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    In other 2020 election “Big Lie” news:

    My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell ordered to follow through with $5 million payment to expert who debunked his false election data

    Jeez, I’ve run out of popcorn….

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