Climate Change and Network News

Climate Change and Network News

Major television network Sunday programs discussed climate change more during the first half of this year than they did during all of 2013. In fact, according to Media Matters, the 65 minutes of climate change coverage so far this year is the same amount of combined coverage in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 on ABC's "This Week," CBS' "Face The Nation," NBC's "Meet The Press," and Fox's "Fox News Sunday."

In a letter last Jan. 16, Sen. Bernie Sanders asked network television executives why there had been “shockingly little discussion” about global warming on the Sunday shows. The letter from Sanders and eight other senators cited a Media Matters for America study of the network news coverage of climate change. “This is a step in the right direction,” Sanders said of the mid-year report by Media Matters. “Global warming is the most serious environmental crisis facing our planet.”