02 Sep '12, 10am

On Environmental Issues, Wall Street Journal (Repeatedly) Gets it Wrong

Editorials are supposed to convey the opinions of a publication’s editorial board. But they aren't supposed to distort the facts and mislead the public. Anybody who has read the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal knows the newspaper's opinions on the environment and climate change. Sometimes the nation’s biggest — and perhaps most influential — newspaper reads like a house organ for the fossil fuel industry and other big polluters. An interesting new study by the media watchdog group MediaMatters shows this is nothing new. MediaMatters researchers looked at 40 years of editorial coverage in the Journal on issues such as the ozone layer, acid rain and climate change. Here's their conclusion: When it comes to the environment, the Journal has consistently distorted or ignored the facts. Back in the 1970s, MediaMatters reminds us, the Journal editorial pages tried to c...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/bkeefe/on_environmental...

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