BBC accused of institutional alarmism as new report reveals long list of climate misinformation

Posted: June 9, 2022 by oldbrew in Accountability, alarmism, bbcbias, climate, Critique, media, net zero
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Looking the other way?


Serial offenders in climate reporting at the BBC get called out. Their own charter demands impartiality, but that got buried years ago on this topic at least, along with many of the subsequent complaints from the public.
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The report, compiled by climate researcher Paul Homewood, reveals that the BBC has been forced to correct a dozen false claims and other items of fake news in climate-related coverage after receiving public complaints in recent years, says Net Zero Watch.

The report, which has been submitted to the Government’s upcoming Mid-Term Review of the BBC, shows that it has become common practice for BBC reporters to publicise exaggerated and often misleading weather-and climate-related stories in order to hype up the potential risks from global warming.

Net Zero director Benny Peiser said:

Persistent misrepresentation by BBC journalists in climate news coverage is fuelling the corporation’s institutional alarmism.

Institutional alarmism is a form of hyped and exaggerated news reporting that is deeply embedded in the BBC. It manifests itself as unbalanced, one-sided coverage of climate risks that are habitually exaggerated and that go uncorrected by the BBC’s in-house fact checkers.”

In 2020, the BBC’s director general warned that the problem posed by disinformation online was increasingly serious and that the BBC would need to work harder than ever to expose fake news and separate fact from fiction.

Since then the corporation has set up a team of fact checkers, a BBC-wide ‘Anti-Disinformation Unit’ and a ‘Climate Misinformation’ team. Yet none of these teams of fact checkers noticed or addressed the long list of false news stories that were only corrected by the BBC after lengthy and protracted complaint procedures.

Read more here.

Report[pdf]: Institutional Alarmism – The BBC’s Disastrous Climate Complaints
– by Paul Homewood for Net Zero Watch.

Comments
  1. tomo says:

    BBC exaggerated climate reporting?

    Noooo… can’t be …

    Deniers lies

    Rinse/Repeat

  2. Mike Wattam says:

    Why single out the BBC when virtually all reporting to the public is manipulated to create alarmist headlines as it is fashionable to do so, e.g., UK Parliament.

    [reply] BBC charter requires impartiality

  3. Chaswarnertoo says:

    But they ignore obvious peadophilia…

  4. […] BBC accused of institutional alarmism as new report reveals long list of climate misinformation […]

  5. Russell Cook (@QuestionAGW) says:

    Did my best to file a formal complaint about the BBC Radio 4 August 2020 “How They Made Us Doubt Everything’ Ep. 6 ‘Reposition Global Warming as theory, not fact’ ” program. I took it all the way up to Ofcom, where it met the fate that one WUWT commenter ( http://gelbspanfiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Ofcom-back-to-BBC.jpg ) said it would:

    “Just so you know, if you try to take a complaint to Ofcom, it just goes straight back to the B’BS’C. Ofcom in reality does nothing.”

    See all the details here “Ofcom Complaint” http://gelbspanfiles.com/?p=12680

  6. Stephen Richards says:

    Nothing will come from it. Johnson wants the BBC to lie, mislead and exaggerate.

  7. stpaulchuck says:

    “Yet none of these teams of fact checkers noticed or addressed the long list of false news stories …” So where exactly do they get these “fact checkers” from? I’m sure the Beeb is doing its best to find politically neutral folks for that. Right? /s

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