Fox news boss orders reporters to always question climate change

Fair and balanced!

Their Washington Bureau news chief emailed them saying, “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.”  Apparently they would be expected to say “some scientists say there was an ice age 450,000 years ago, but that is based on a theory whose data has been called into question.”

Whether the average temperature has changed worldwide is a matter of fact, not of theory.  Theories are designed to explain facts and predict new facts (to test a theory and to expand a theory).  One can question the process of measurement — say it is wrong — but that has nothing to do with theory.  I doubt that few news stories would have time to discuss how average temperatures are calculated and where measurement error might creep in.

Fox News e-mail shows network’s slant on climate change. By Paul Farhi. Washington Post Staff Writer