The Green Alliance blog carried this assessment of media scepticism on climate change in a guest post by James Painter of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
In summary: Right wing newspapers in the UK are promoting climate change scepticism through their opinion pieces rather than through their news columns.
The RISJ has conducted research and according to Painter:
This research prompts an array of interesting questions. One is the obvious and oft-asked one of why climate scepticism is more of a right-wing phenomenon both in the media and in wider society.
But it is also worth asking what the main drivers are of climate scepticism in the media. Is it newspaper owners or editors pushing an agenda? Is it journalists concerned with ‘balance’? Or is it the decline of specialist environment correspondents, who have an understanding of where mainstream science consensus lies?
Or are the media merely reflecting wider society, where there are loudly sceptical politicians and lobby groups?
At a time of questioning of journalistic standards in the press, it’s worth wrestling with these questions more.