On December 3, a FoxNews.com article and Special Report host Bret Baier both reported that Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) senior fellow Christopher Horner has threatened to sue NASA, alleging that the space agency has distorted climate change data; additionally, Horner appeared on the December 3 edition of Fox News' Hannity and the December 4 edition of Fox & Friends to discuss Horner's accusations. However, not once during these segments did Fox News personalities note that CEI has received millions of dollars from Exxon Mobil Corp. and foundations linked to the oil industry.
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Special Report, Hannity, and Fox & Friends all advanced Horner's allegations without noting his goup's ties to oil industry
Special Report and FoxNews.com reported on Horner's allegations; Horner appeared on Hannity and Fox & Friends. FoxNews.com and Special Report both reported on Horner's threat to sue NASA -- in Baier's words -- "over its alleged distortion of climate change data." Additionally, Horner appeared on the December 3 edition of Hannity and the December 4 edition of Fox & Friends to discuss his allegations. All four outlets described his association with CEI, but none of them disclosed CEI's ties to the oil industry.
CEI has received significant funding from oil industry sources
CEI has received millions of dollars from Exxon Mobil. According to reports compiled by Greenpeace, Exxon Mobil Corp. and its foundation donated more than $2 million to CEI from 1998 through 2005.
CEI has received more than $600,000 from Koch family foundations. According to data compiled by Media Matters Action Network, from 1986 through 2004, CEI received $666,420 from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, and David H. Koch Charitable Foundation and Personal Philanthropy. Charles and David Koch reportedly each own 42 percent of Koch Industries, whose subsidiaries "have been in the petroleum business since 1940" and "engage in petroleum refining, chemicals and base oil production, crude oil supply, and wholesale marketing of fuels, base oils, petrochemicals, asphalt and other products." The president of the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation is Richard Fink, who is also president of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Fink is "an executive vice president and member of the board of directors of Koch Industries, Inc., where he leads the legal, government, community relations and communication capabilities for Koch Industries," according to his bio on the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation's website.