Even though a large majority of the scientific community agrees that climate change is real and is caused by human forces, some scientists continue to argue that climate change is a hoax. Many of these scientists have received funding either directly or indirectly by the oil, coal, and gas industries.
Mainstream news organizations have helped to prolong the debate about global warming by giving this small group of skeptics plenty of airtime and column inches. The news organizations may be acting primarily because of traditional concerns about the appearance of neutrality.
But over the past decade, this strategy by mainstream news organizations, especially television outlets, has served to confuse the public, transforming well-established science into a “he said/she said” debate. Ultimately, the net result of the media coverage is that the American public has been misled about global warming science, and has been slow to demand any action from the federal government to stop climate change.