Here’s How Badly the Mainstream Media Has Been Covering Climate Change – Mother Jones
Climate change coverage in much of the mainstream media was abysmally low in 2018. It’s been tilting upward in the first quarter of 2019, thanks in large part to the Green New Deal. The ascending trend is a positive development overall—it’s about time media started paying more attention to the existential crisis of our time!—and yet some of the coverage has been weak, and some has been a total mess.
Climate change was pitifully undercovered last year
Climate coverage in 2018 plunged 45 percent from 2017 levels on the national broadcast TV networks, we at Media Matters found—and it’s not like coverage in 2017 was anything to brag about. In 2018, the major nightly news and Sunday morning political shows on the national broadcast networks spent a combined total of just 142 minutes on climate change, and almost a third of that came from a single climate-focused episode of Meet the Press on December 30.
Without that one show, 2018’s coverage would have fallen 64 percent from the previous year—an astonishing decline when you consider the horrific extreme weather last year, the harrowing climate science reports released by the United Nations and 13 US government agencies, the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on climate protections, and the ever-increasing urgency of the climate crisis.