Checkmate: Foxy Moxy ©2016
Checkmate: Foxy Moxy, mixed media, 80 x 70 inches

There is no entity more responsible for misinformation on climate change, than Murdoch’s media empire. The Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed climate science news coverage on Fox News, in 2013, and found that 72% of its segments were misleading. This is problematic because the Fox News Channel has been the No.1 rated cable news network in America for several years. Media Matters has revealed that Fox owned stations reach 37% of the US television audience. They believe it functions as a propaganda organization, not a news organization.

The prestigious Journal of Communication, published an article by Feldman, Myers, Hmielowski and Leiserowitz, in 2014, The Mutual Reinforcement of Media Selectivity and Effects, which stated that partisan news allows Americans to insulate themselves in echo chambers, exposed only to views that verify existing prior beliefs. Also, that persons influenced by Fox News not only believe that global warming is not happening but also oppose climate policies regarding mitigation.

Checkmate: Foxy Moxy is composed of a checkerboard. In chess, the action of checkmate, means that the game is over. Dr.James Hansen’s editorial Game Over for the Climate, reveals that we are at a point of no return in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. When 175 nations signed the Paris Climate Treaty in NYC last April, the news was reported in most newspapers appropriately close to the front page. Why then, did Murdoch place this news on page 33 in his New York Post, accompanied by three swimsuit models? The decision not to give the signing of the treaty proper placement in the paper is neither neutral nor benign. This newspaper has the fifth largest circulation in the United States.

I have referred to the omission of news as “inverse propaganda”. Inverse propaganda is the absence of information, so that citizens are rendered unknowing and impotent in the face of critical information withheld – in this case the dire state of our planet. As our ecosystems, the atmosphere and the oceans become transformed through the influence of CO2 emissions, we will leave the next generation a compromised and turbulent existence. Is it not criminal negligence to use vast media networks to suppress this climate emergency? Shouldn’t we be alarmed at the finding by St. Leo University’s 2015 poll that found more people in this country trust Fox news regarding climate issues than President Obama? When the greatest threat to our future has been minimized for years – can we still say that America has a free press?

Marcia Annenberg's artwork deals with political subjects. Her newest body of work comments on mass media and the post-9/11 world. The paintings and installations are Conceptual and do not depict actual events.

Check, Check-mate ©2014
Check, Check-mate, mixed media, 80 x 70 inches

Conceived as a metaphor from the game of chess, the artwork, Check, Checkmate, takes the global warming debate beyond partisan politics. It examines the role American media plays in the lack of public response to our urgent climate crises. Both on air and in print, certain media outlets participate in ongoing omissions and misinformation concerning scientific research into climactic change. The release of the IPCC report, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, should settle the debate once and for all. It is neither Democratic, Independent or Republican. It is international. The report states that the warming of the atmosphere and the oceans is unequivocal and that it is the result of human activity.

In chess, the status of checkmate means game over. Dr. James Hansen’s recent editorial, Game Over for the Climate, reveals that we are at a point of no return in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. This NASA scientist, a political independent, once called upon by the Bush administration for climate advice, has resorted to chaining himself to the gates of the White House to get attention focused on the urgency of climate remediation. Unfortunately, this action was barely covered by the national press. My artwork, Early Wednesday Morning , documents this lack of coverage.

With the imminent loss of Antarctic ice masses, one has to wonder why certain media outlets, refuse to acknowledge the work of 259 lead authors, and 600 contributing authors, including scientists from 39 countries, involved in researching with the first working group, for the fifth assessment report. In an era of irreversible climate change, the decision not to publish the IPCC Report is neither neutral nor benign. On September 28, 2013, the day after the release of the Summary for Policy Makers, of the Physical Science Basis of Climate Change, from this report, the New York Post carried no mention of it, although several other papers did.

Does a free press, guaranteed by our constitution, mean that our press is free not to report the news? Investigating the prominence and placement given to the reporting of this document, ironically focused on the absence of the presence of this research and its conclusions. The misuse of public airwaves and the press allegedly for the public good, instead confuses the public with misinformation on research agreed upon by the majority of the world’s climate scientists. Media barons, who use the press to delegitimize scientific data, results in a lack of public engagement on this issue, thereby enabling the obstruction of coherent legislation to deal with this problem. Extraneous issues, such as the re-emergence of Monica Lewinsky, capture the public’s attention, as a diversion to the actual coverage of an issue that threatens the continuation of life as we know it. The disturbance to our ecosystems and the perils that future generations will face, place the omission of this news in a new category. As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, from the burning of coal, gas and oil, the public is rendered unknowing and impotent, as destruction and ecocide, rage onward.

Marcia Annenberg's artwork deals with political subjects. Her newest body of work comments on mass media and the post-9/11 world. The paintings and installations are Conceptual and do not depict actual events.

News - Speaking Engagements

EARTH SOS Exhibit at Flomenhaft Gallery, Suite 200, 547 W. 27th, NY 10001. September 15 - October 29, 2016 Opening Reception, September 15, 2016, 6-8 pm Talk: Dr. James Hansen, former Director, NASA, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, September 20, 2016 at 6 pm. This exhibit seeks to highlight our imminent climate emergency.