Make no mistake: Fox News hosts live in the wealthiest parts of the Northeast -- exactly the areas that saw record flooding, winds, and tornados Wednesday night. Which is why it's bizarre to watch them push the same old climate change denial in the wake of those massive storms. Daily Beast media reporter Justin Baragona nailed them:
I have to wonder how much longer Fox News can get away with denying reality. Wait, what am I saying? That's what they're paid for!
But the new kid on the block, the Epoch Times, is gaining ground fast. (The wingnuts I know quote it constantly.) Founded by members of the Chinese spiritual group Falun Gong, the paper (and Facebook site) embraced conservative politics during the Trump administration. They actually had a history of objective climate coverage before then. The paper's revenues have more than quadrupled under Trump, E&E News reports:
“I think it’s a pretty good paper. I think they are a lot more objective on certain politically controversial issues like climate change than The New York Times is, or The Washington Post or E&E News,” said Myron Ebell, who led Trump’s EPA transition team and is a longtime opponent of climate science. “The Epoch Times is the new kid on the block, and I think people have noticed it.”
The last few weeks offer a window into the paper’s practices on climate coverage. It gives equal weight to climate deniers and valid scientific findings, and it also runs op-eds that distort research.
One recent piece, headlined “Study Finds Sun—Not CO2—May Be Behind Global Warming,” focused on a study by a researcher connected to the fossil fuel industry whose work has been debunked by climate scientists. The paper also ran articles about the dangers that renewable energy poses to the electricity grid.