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