US network news has become increasingly skewed, with the number of news stories that mention climate change rising sharply, according to a new report.
The US News and World Report said the number had increased from 590 in 2009 to 590 this year, an increase of 27%.
The rise in bias is “disconcerting”, the report found, citing an analysis of thousands of articles from a wide range of sources.
“While we do not know exactly how this trend will continue, we have seen increases in bias over the past several years,” the report said.
“This has raised concern among those who believe that the bias has increased.”
“While we cannot definitively say the rise in the number is due to climate change, we can say that the rise of climate change in our reporting has had an adverse effect on the way our news is presented,” said Sarah Kliff, the director of news and information at the American Association of University Professors.
“The rising bias in US news may have been a result of the fact that the news media are no longer covering climate change as much as they used to.”
It is a worrying trend, with some news organizations now admitting they are more interested in covering politics and climate change than the real threat to humanity.
“It is time for the American media to be more concerned with their own agenda than the people they are reporting to,” said Matthew Heimbach, the executive director of the Media Research Center.
“It’s time for a new generation of journalists to come in and tell the truth and to be true to their audience.”
While the report acknowledged that the US has a history of biased news, the rise is “not unprecedented”, it said.
It noted that US News & World reports that the average US news outlet reported that 97% of the population supported a carbon tax in 2011.
That statistic is now taken to be a lie.
However, the US News article on climate change was the most cited article in 2016, and the most mentioned in 2017, when 97% of the media coverage was about climate change.
Media organisations have been using climate change to distract from the US election.
The US has not had a “climate change crisis” for more than 60 years, according the National Academy of Sciences, and climate research suggests it may have already experienced a mild warming trend in the past few years.
Climate change is one of the biggest topics in US politics, with both Democrats and Republicans claiming the country is experiencing a severe weather event, such as the drought that struck California earlier this year.
A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center last year found that 80% of Americans believe climate change is real, and that more than half of Americans support a carbon price in the US.
While Trump’s administration has denied that the administration is actively pursuing a climate change agenda, its proposed budget would cut funding for the EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which deal with climate change and other environmental issues.
In the meantime, the White House is proposing to make it harder for the United States to meet the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump has made his views on climate denial clear.
In January, he told supporters in Texas that he did not believe global warming was a “hoax”.
He also accused scientists of being “paid to sit on their hands” and claimed that global warming “happens”.
“The fact is, the Earth is getting warmer and warmer,” Trump said.