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How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change in 2016 | Media Matters

How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change in 2016 | Media Matters

The graphic displays of climate change news coverage between the years 2009 and 2016 will astound you, revealing another woeful failure of mainstream media networks to seriously report on real news…


How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change in 2016 | Media Matters

“In 2016, evening newscasts and Sunday shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as Fox Broadcast Co.’s Fox News Sunday, collectively decreased their total coverage of climate change by 66 percent compared to 2015, even though there were a host of important climate-related stories, including the announcement of 2015 as the hottest year on record, the signing of the Paris climate agreement, and numerous climate-related extreme weather events. There were also two presidential candidates to cover, and they held diametrically opposed positions on the Clean Power Plan, the Paris climate agreement, and even on whether climate change is a real, human-caused phenomenon. Apart from PBS, the networks also failed to devote significant coverage to climate-related policies, but they still found the time to uncritically air climate denial — the majority of which came from now-President Donald Trump and his team…” ~ Kevin Kalhoefer

READ MORE: How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change in 2016 | Media Matters


I first came across the new Media Matters report on climate change news coverage thanks to fellow-bloggers at The Secular Jurist and Gary Rodgers Nature Conservation.


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

4 Comments

  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Truth can be too scary for many people.

  2. mommabrown'sblog

    Do you think climate change is too intellectual for mainstream media?

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Ha! Probably, but they could hire someone to break it down: “Hey look, this is what pollution does….”

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