UCS analyzed the factual accuracy of statements made during the climate change coverage of three major news networks: Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. The quality of coverage, from worst to best -- according to UCS -- follows the same order.
According to the research, roughly 72 percent of all climate science segments broadcast by Fox News included misleading statements. CNN offered viewers misleading information in 30 percent of segments, while MSNBC had the best global warming coverage, fudging the facts in only 8 percent of segments.
UCS's study found that half of all Fox's climate science faux pas happened on the show The Five.
"The public deserves climate coverage that gets the science right," UCS wrote in a press release. "Media outlets can do more to foster a fact-based conversation about climate change and policies designed to address it."
Based in Cambridge, Mass., the Union of Concerned Scientists is a non-profit science advocacy organization whose founding document called on its members to "devise means for turning research applications away from the present emphasis on military technology toward the solution of pressing environmental and social problems." UCS has been a vocal advocate for more serious policy solutions to climate change.
[Union of Concerned Scientists]