Broadcast Media Dropped The Climate Change Ball in 2016 [Greg Laden's Blog]

Broadcast Media Dropped The Climate Change Ball in 2016 [Greg Laden's Blog]

Media Matters has an amazing and rather depressing report out on the way broadcast media in the US covered climate change.

I’m going to give you a handful of bullet points that reflect only some of the results of this detailed study, then you go read it.

  • Bottom line: Coverage in 2016 was a fraction of the previous year, even though there was more climate change news in 2016 than most years ever have.
  • ABC covered climate change for a total of six minutes during the entire year of 2016
  • None of the major networks discussed the climate related consequences of a Clinton vs. a Trump presidency
  • In most areas, PBS did better than the commercial networks.
  • There was not a single mention of national security concerns related to climate change, and almost noting on public health impacts
  • The Clean Power Plan was virtually ignored on Sunday shows and hardly covered anywhere else
  • Climate change denial got uncritical coverage by CBS, Fox and PBS, all sourced from Trump campaign people or Trump himself
  • The Exxon Knew story was completely ignored by the major networks.
  • Read: How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change in 2016

    (Why?)

    Published at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:28:30 +0000