"Polar Bear Fraud": How Fox News Smeared A Scientist
Last July, the Interior Department suspended  one of its employees, Arctic biologist Charles Monnett, pending an investigation into allegations  of scientific misconduct by an anonymous  Interior Department employee. Monnett was best known for co-authoring a peer-reviewed paper  on drowned polar bears that was cited in the 2008 decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species, along with many other  papers establishing the threat that climate change poses for polar bears.
The right-wing media used the investigation not only to reject Monnett's findings, but also to dismiss  all the science on polar bears and global warming. Fox Nation promoted  an Investor's Business Daily editorial claiming the Monnett investigation was exposing "the global warming fraud" with the headline "Global Warming Industry Rocked by Polar Bear Fraud." Fox Nation also promoted  a New York Post op-ed on the Monnett investigation with the headline "Global Warming Theory Faces Sudden Collapse."
But the Interior Department cleared Monnett of all scientific wrongdoing. Monnett was officially reprimanded for an unrelated issue: forwarding  government emails to local government and university officials that "ended up being used in litigation against the government." Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which provided Monnett legal representation, said  that Monnett leaked the emails under the Bush administration to expose suppression of scientists' concerns  about the environmental risks of offshore drilling in the Arctic.
Steve Doocy promised  last year on Fox & Friends to "keep [viewers] posted" on Monnett's case. But so far Fox News remains silent not only on Monnett's case but also on the record arctic sea ice loss  this summer that portends danger for polar bears.
UPDATE (12/6/13): The reprimand has been removed  from Monnett's file and he has received $100,000 in a settlement with the Department of Interior.