Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.
This monthâs catastrophic California wildfires garnered significant media coverage, with major national news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC airing more than 100 segments about the unfolding disasters. ButÂ Media MattersÂ found that just 3.7 percent of those segments mentioned the link between climate change and worsening wildfires. That’s a minuscule improvement over their coverage of Western wildfires this summer, when the networks incorporated climate change intoÂ less than 2 percentÂ of their segments.
On the local level, TV news programs on California stations included discussion of climate change in numerous segments about the ongoing wildfires.…