Media Misses Extreme Weather/Climate Connection

May 9, 2013

Dear Mainstream Media,

Does the phrase “Biggest Story of the Millennium” mean anything to you?

Let’s play word association. For instance, if I say, “trees”, you might say….

C’mon guys. I can’t do this all by myself.

Your  buddy,


Media Matters:

ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN devoted 74 full segments to flooding in the Midwest, but only one—on CBS Evening News—alluded to the fact that heavy downpours have increased (one percent of coverage). That segment did not explain that scientists have attributed this to climate change, and did not feature any scientists. MSNBC and Fox News were not included in this analysis because transcripts of their daytime coverage are not available in Nexis. [CBS News, 5/2/13]

4 Responses to “Media Misses Extreme Weather/Climate Connection”

  1. ahaveland Says:

    Actually, CNN mentioned climate change and the weather guys did some small features on it this week.
    I fell off my chair.

  2. […] Peter Sinclair: Dear Mainstream Media, […]

  3. I’ve been noticing the lack of any mention of global warming/climate change as well. This has not only been true of recent abnormal weather events, but for weather going all the way back to the extreme increase of hurricanes in the past 7 or so years. Are news agencies afraid to talk about it? Are they afraid that they’ll anger their more conservative audience members? Or are they dumb enough to still not see the connection?
    I’d REALLY like to see more climate coverage in the mainstream media.

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