Fox News isn’t exactly known for providing an unbiased point of view (despite their slogan of “Fair and Balanced”), but a new study shows exactly what amount of their reporting is inaccurate. The study found that Fox News’ stories on climate change are misleading 93 percent of the time. The Wall Street Journal — which is also owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, one of the world’s largest media organizations — is almost as bad, with 81 percent of its editorials on climate change found to be inaccurate.

The analysis was done by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a nonprofit alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. The researchers studied six months of primetime Fox News programs, from February to July 2012. They also analyzed one year of op-eds from the Wall Street Journal. In both cases, the research focused on stories about climate change.

Both media outlets were found to be dismissive of the fact that human-caused climate change is happening, despite scientific consensus. The study also found that the stories commonly included disparaging comments about particular scientists and “cherry picking” of data. Overall, the coverage was found to promote distrust of science, and climate science in particular.

“It’s like they’re talking and writing about a parallel universe,” said Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist at UCS. “Their viewers and readers simply aren’t getting an accurate story on climate science.”

The study recommends that News Corp. should thoroughly review its coverage of climate change, and develop standards for communicating on the subject. UCS also suggests that journalists working for News Corp. should be better trained on how to distinguish between ideological beliefs and scientific facts. In fact, Rupert Murdoch actually pledged in 2007 that his organizations’ coverage of climate change would improve over time — but that hasn’t happened yet. In 2010, Fox was widely criticized for a leaked memo to all staff telling them to report on climate change as “theory” rather than fact. Not much has changed in 2012.

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