Media Unable, or Unwilling, to Discuss Climate Factually

February 22, 2018

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CBS Exec – gushing on Trump. America not so much

For Trump, Billions in free Media.  For global survival – Bupkis.

Media Matters:

Sunday news shows in 2017 largely excluded minorities and women, and completely excluded scientists and climate journalists, from discussions about climate change, a Media Matters analysis finds. This exclusion continues a multi-year trend on the shows.

Media Matters analyzed guest appearances during broadcast network Sunday morning shows’ coverage of climate change in 2017. We reviewed segments on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CBS’ Face the Nation, NBC’s Meet the Press, and FOX Broadcast Co.’s Fox News Sunday.

Although Sunday news shows often set the media and political agenda for the week, it is not only politicians, pundits, and other media figures who take their cues from them. The Sunday shows attracted a combined audience of more than 11 million viewers in the last quarter of 2017. With their wide viewership and political prestige, Sunday news shows play a crucial role in determining which issues and voices are included in the national dialogue.

It’s not just planetary survival that doesn’t make the cut. Women are invisible as well.

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Key findings:

  • Only 13 percent of guests featured during climate-related segments in 2017 were minorities — four out of 31 guests total. That’s a slight improvement over 2016, when Sunday shows featured only one minority guest in climate discussions.
  • No scientists or climate journalists were featured in Sunday news shows’ 2017 climate coverage. It was the second consecutive year scientists and climate journalists were excluded.
  • Trump administration officials made up 35 percent of the Sunday show guests who discussed climate change in 2017.
  • Sunday news shows did air more coverage of climate change in 2017 than in 2016. In 2017, the four shows had 25 segments that addressed climate change, featuring 31 guests. In 2016, they aired just 10 climate-related segments that featured 10 guests.
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2 Responses to “Media Unable, or Unwilling, to Discuss Climate Factually”

  1. indy222 Says:

    Unable? ….. yeahright.

  2. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    Surreality TV.


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