Network News Notices Climate Change

Network News Notices Climate Change

The three major Sunday morning network television shows all featured conversations about climate change on Sunday. Now that’s news. Throughout all of last year, the same programs and Fox News Sunday devoted only 27 minutes – combined – to global warming. Up from just 8 minutes the year before. This Sunday on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos discussed how to "get ahead" of climate change with Dr. Heidi Cullen, Climate Central's chief climatologist. The CBS program Face the Nation featured an interview with Dr. Marshall Shepherd, the former head of the American Meteorological Society. And on NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory and scientist Bill Nye countered claims by Rep. Marsha Blackburn that there is no consensus that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming. "But there is consensus," Gregory interjected. "Within the scientific community, there is consensus."

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. 

Fox News has not yet replied.

Read the senators’ letter

Watch Meet the Press

Read the This Week transcript

Watch Face the Nation