There’s been a lot of debate over fracking, drilling, and oil pipelines recently. The dangers of groundwater contamination from the water- and chemical-heavy processes of fracking are coming into the public view, while an ExxonMobil pipeline has polluted Montana’s water supplies with over 63,000 gallons of crude oil, and tar balls from BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion are still washing up on Gulf coasts nearly two years after the incident.
Yet Fox News – the biggest purveyor of climate denial and misinformation – spent ten times more airtime on a manufactured scandal than on any of these real, life-threatening environmental stories.
In less than a week, Fox News has devoted 34 segments totaling over two hours responding with offense and rage at the word choice of an EPA official talking about punishing oil companies who break the law. Fox spent 13.5 minutes on the risks of oil and gas development that are currently affecting the livelihoods, health, and safety of Americans.