Fox News actually acknowledged that climate change is real


or the past decade, Fox News has been a haven for climate change denialism, shielding viewers from the evidence that humans are causing global temperatures to rise. Perhaps no other news outlet has done as much to harden the view, among conservatives, that global warming is a fiction.

But on Thursday, just a few minutes before President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would back out of a major international climate agreement, Fox did something startling and utterly off brand.

Viewers tuning in to watch the president’s speech saw anchor Shepard Smith lecturing them that climate change was not, in fact, a hoax:

Climate change is real and our activities do contribute to it.

As the New York Times reports today, scientific studies show if the world’s carbon emissions continue unchecked, atmospheric temperatures will continue to rise. The planet will not just be hotter but also suffer from rising sea levels, more powerful storms, droughts that lead to food shortages and extreme conditions.

Supporters of the accord argue it’s the right thing to do for the environment, and for people — future generations.

On the matter of climate change, Smith has been one of the few dissenting voices at Fox News. In 2014, he stirred up a minor controversy when he declared, on air: “Climate change — it is real. The science is true.”

Trump’s Paris speech Thursday fell squarely in the middle of Smith’s 3 pm show, which gave the anchor a chance to remind his conservative viewers about the scientific consensus on climate change.

Smith’s forceful acknowledgement of the science is startling only in the context of Fox News, a channel that has long been blamed for perpetuating right-wing ignorance of the science on global warming. In 2011, researchers from American, George Mason, and Yale universities found that Fox News programs overwhelmingly rejected or ignored the scientific evidence on climate change, and promoted a false sense of balance by favoring guests who denied the planet was heating up.

“Notably, Fox also provided substantially more coverage on climate change than the other two networks, thereby amplifying doubt about global warming within the cable news landscape,” the researchers write.

People who already doubt climate change are much more likely to watch Fox News, of course, but there’s evidence that Fox News, in turn, has suppressed public recognition of global warming.

Studies have shown that many climate deniers are not incorrigible, but in fact are surprisingly open to new viewpoints. A recent experiment from Yale University researchers Sander van der Linden and Anthony Leiserowitz, and George Mason’s Edward Maibach found that simply telling people “97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused global warming is happening” is enough to increase their confidence that climate change is real.

What’s more, both liberals and conservatives shifted their views equally after learning this fact. Even people who were avid watchers of Fox News became more receptive to the idea of man-made global warming, suggesting that at least some climate skeptics are simply misinformed, not willfully oblivious.

Part of the problem is that the American media has done a bad job of explaining climate science. According to the survey, only a quarter of liberals and only 5 percent of conservatives were aware that more than 90 percent of climate scientists believe climate change is real and that it is caused by people. The widespread “public confusion and doubt about the state of scientific agreement has limited action on global warming for decades,” the researchers argue.

As this issue becomes more and more politicized, one fear is that it will be harder to change people’s minds. Over the past 20 years, Democrats have become more confident that humans are causing global warming, while Republicans have become more skeptical. This reflects, in part, how politicians and pundits have increasingly turned climate skepticism into a matter of political identity.


Fox News Media Earthquake: Murdochs Push for Roger Ailes to Leave


There are media earthquakes. And then there is the Big One.

Roger Ailes is reportedly in negotiations to leave Fox News under the cloud of sexual harassment claims that began with former morning host Gretchen Carlson and allegedly snowballed to include star prime time anchor Megyn Kelly and other women.

The Financial Times is reporting that Ailes departure comes with a $40 million buyout. A statement released by 21st Century Fox said that Ailes is currently at work. “The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”

The tectonic shift of Ailes leaving the network he built into a monstrously profitable enterprise – throwing off more than a billion a year in profit – could have an even greater impact on our national politics.


SJW Coup Going Down at Fox News


Roger Ailes’s tenure as the head of Fox News appears to be over.

Mr. Ailes and 21st Century Fox, Fox News’s parent company, are in the advanced stages of discussions that would lead to his departure as chairman, Susan Estrich, one of Mr. Ailes’s lawyers, said in an interview on Tuesday.

The development follows a sexual harassment suit filed July 6 against Mr. Ailes by a former anchor, Gretchen Carlson. The suit prompted 21st Century Fox to conduct an internal review.




I don’t know whether the allegations from Gretchen are true, but it’s rather funny they only came out after she was fired.

Megyn Kelly, who Ailes personally made famous, has also reportedly backstabbed him — much like she was ordered to do with Donald Trump during the Fox Debates — which you can guarantee Ailes supported.

Drudge is reporting Megyn Kelly’s complaint against Ailes is that in 2006 she “did not like the way he hugged her.”

He’s also reporting a bunch of hosts are potentially leaving the network:

Odds are the network will shift further left post-Ailes, especially if these old hand hosts leave.

Rupert Murdoch himself is one of the biggest supporters of open borders in the world. Fox News is pretty much the only Murdoch publication which is somewhat anti-immigration.

Every time I turn on O’Reilly these days I hear him opening his show by going over black crime stats and ranting about how the UK is becoming Pakistan.

The network as led by O’Reilly and Hannity has been shifting to the right lately, Megyn Kelly on the other hand seems to spend all her shows interviewing social justice warriors andtalking with Michael Moore.


During an appearance on Fox News this morning, Marsh asserted that Trump would have enough backing to secure the Republican nomination even if the race was decided at a contested convention.

She then explained why Hillary sees Trump as the most “dangerous candidate,” despite polls which show the New York billionaire has a high unfavorables rating.

I’ve consistently said throughout the analysis of this race that I would not want to run against Donald Trump because I think he’s the most dangerous candidate,” said Marsh.

“Give me Ted Cruz, give me John Kasich, give me any of the vanquished they’re traditional politicians, easy to beat. And, Ted Cruz, in particular, way outside the mainstream.”

“Donald Trump, when you look from what he said the other day about the gender bill and using the bathrooms, it proves that point because he knows how to appeal to not only Libertarians but to Independents who support that, too. So it will be a very, very tough candidate to face in a general election. I think it will be one of the closest elections we see since 2000.”

Fox News fires back at Trump: Enough of your “extreme, sick obsession” with Megyn Kelly

John flagged Trump’s latest Twitter attack on Kelly in this post last night but you should read Fox’s reply too. Imagine: This guy can all but break the back of conservative resistance to him and become the prohibitive favorite for the Republican nomination by beating Cruz handily in Arizona and Utah on Tuesday night — and this is what he’s busy stewing about. He has a general election campaign coming up, he has fundraising to think about, he has a convention to plan, and he’s sitting in front of his TV fulminating about one of the two hours of programming each day on Trump TV that’s not devoted to glorifying him. (Bret Baier’s show is the other.) Good guy. Definitely a guy who’ll have his priorities straight as leader of the free world.

The only way to understand his preoccupation, I think, is Ross Douthat’s way: “Trump envisions his wedding to Megyn Kelly as the made-for-TV highlight of his presidency-for-life.” Fox’s statement:

or all of Fox’s hard shots at Trump in defense of Kelly over the last seven months, though, he’s more ubiquitous on the network now than he’s ever been, doing daily call-ins with “Fox & Friends,” enjoying regular pattycake interviews with Sean Hannity, and being treated with admiration bordering on deference from virtually every Fox host in the line-up outside of the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours. (Gutfeld and Perino are often hard on him on “The Five” but they’re balanced there by Trump superfan Eric Bolling.) Why is that? As a news organization, Fox has a duty to cover his campaign; a presidential candidacy is news and a nationalist takeover of the GOP is big news. They have no duty to give Trump himself a platform, though. That they continue to do so despite him relentlessly attacking their biggest star is proof enough that they don’t give a wet rip about his vendetta against Kelly. Ailes could pull the plug network-wide on Trump interviews right now or the individual hosts could do so on their own programs in solidarity with her. It’s a cinch, after all, that President Trump will end up barring Fox and any other news outlet from the White House if they cover him critically — he’s already done that repeatedly on the campaign trail — so why shouldn’t Fox respond in kind? Either Ailes and company are petrified of losing viewers by ceding Trump interviews to CNN and MSNBC or there are petty rivalries happening behind the scenes leading Fox hosts to side with him over Kelly. (“I do wish that O’Reilly had defended me more in his interview with Trump,” Kelly toldMore magazine recently. “I would have defended him more.”) Whatever the explanation, so long as Fox News continues to operate as Trump TV, you can print out their occasional angry statements standing up for Kelly and wipe with them.

Here’s Kelly last night talking about covering Trump with Jorge Ramos of Univision. Note thebit at 3:45: “Many shows get a pop if they put him on. I would submit to you I’m the second highest-rated show in all of cable news and I haven’t had Trump on in seven months. It can be done without him.” Two things seem increasingly clear about the Trump/Kelly feud. One is that if Trump wins the election and Fox goes all-in as a mouthpiece for the new nationalist GOP, she’ll have little choice but to leave the network. She takes her job seriously and Fox during a Trump administration wouldn’t remotely be a serious news outlet. The other is that, by insisting on this one-sided feud with her, Trump is slowly but surely making her the biggest star in television journalism. To the heavy majority of the country that dislikes him, she earns more respect every day by refusing to back down. I’m sure Trump doesn’t care about any of that right now; any publicity that involves him is good publicity, and Kelly serves as a convenient enemy du jour whenever he needs to throw some red meat to his fans. If you were a betting man, though, you’d get much better odds on Kelly landing as the anchor of a broadcast network news show sometime during the next four years than you would Trump landing in the White House. Her future as a player in national politics is now more secure than his is, thanks partly to him. Maybe they’ll finally make up and she’ll interview him when he’s asking for his old job at “The Apprentice” back.

Donald Trump, Fox News spar over Megyn Kelly

On Friday night, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump continued his months-long attack on Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, calling her “sick” and “overrated” in a tweet.

Trump’s team, not one to let others get in the last word, released a statement hitting back at Fox and Kelly.

“Unlike Megyn Kelly, who resorts to putting out statements via Fox News, Mr. Trump will continue to defend himself against the inordinate amount of unfair and inaccurate coverage he receives on her second-rate show each night,” read the statement from Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks.