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Eighty-seven percent of Special Report’s climate segments since 2009 either spread misinformation or perpetuated false or misleading narratives, says Media Matters. Fox News anchor Bret Baier was among the first at the network to call the November election for Joe Biden. But despite having a reputation for being more objective than his colleagues Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham, Baier’s straight-news show Special Report has been consistently airing misinformation on climate change since 2009, a new study has found. Researchers at media watchdog Media Matters, a frequent critic of conservative media, counted and analyzed every time Baier’s show ran a segment on climate change and the environment or discussed it prominently from January 1, 2009, to May 3, 2021. Of 972 segments that related to climate change and the environment, they found 850, or 87 percent, “featured false or misleading narratives and misinformation.” The report says Baier has featured the views of Marc Morano at least 10 times, a prominent climate change denier who in 2019 said on Special Report that a major United Nations report warning of mass extinctions was about “politics, not science.”

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