Broadcast Media Dropped The Climate Change Ball in 2016 UPDATED

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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.

<li>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.</li>

<li>ABC covered climate change for a total of six minutes during the entire year of 2016</li>
  • 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

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    UPDATE:

    From Media Matters:

    U.S. senators are calling on broadcast networks to fulfill their duty and bolster their news coverage of climate change, after a Media Matters study found that the networks dramatically decreased their coverage of climate change in 2016, during a campaign in which the U.S. elected a climate denier as president.

    Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) issued statements this week calling on the major broadcast networks to fulfill their responsibility and provide audiences with essential reporting on the impacts of and science surrounding climate change, as well as related policies. The senators’ statements were made in response to a study by Media Matters finding that 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.

    Read the statements from the Senators here.

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    3 thoughts on “Broadcast Media Dropped The Climate Change Ball in 2016 UPDATED

    1. Mainstream media dropped the (climate)ball last year?

      Oh, yeah. Bigly.

      I never thought I’d say this, but I wish that was the only ball it dropped.

    2. It’s as if there was something else that grabbed their attention…

      Something that always bugs me when I see this type of report. The difference in minutes over a full year is 7, 18, 40, and 32. Percentage wise it’s a huge drop, but both numbers seem rather small.

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