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Murdoch Press Coverage of Aussie Carbon Price So Negative...

Postby Kevin » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:00 pm

Murdoch Press Coverage of Aussie Carbon Price So Negative in 2011, “It’s Fair to Say They’ve Campaigned Against It”
by Stephen Lacey at Climate Progress, 2012.0105 ... ?id=110611


The top six newspapers most negative about the Australian government’s carbon policy are all owned by Rupert Murdoch.

"I was struck by a recent analysis from Daily Climate showing a substantial drop in the number of stories covering climate change in 2011. In spite of the dramatic increase in extreme weather events and the white-knuckled political tension around government investments in energy, there was still a 20% drop in coverage of climate-related issues last year.

"One of the exceptions to that drop, however, was Australia. News outlets like the Australian Broadcasting Corp. and the Sydney Morning Herald saw a 60% increase and a 21% increase respectively. Australia was a particularly important country to watch in 2011 because of the dramatic political battle that unfolded over a comprehensive climate bill.

"But experience in that country illustrates a hole in analysis that simply tracks the quantity of articles — it ignores the quality of those stories.

"A recent report from the Australian Center for Independent Journalism attempts to fill in that hole. The researchers looked at climate policy stories in 10 major newspapers from February of 2011 through July of 2011 and tracked how positive or negative those stories were, who was quoted, and what kid of language was used. The results were overwhelmingly negative. Here are some highlights:"

Documentation of amazing levels of raw, anti-science, anti-human bias as article continues. ... ?id=110611
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