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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Three out of four* major Sunday morning political programs neglected to discuss climate change during their coverage of Hurricane Irma, the second category four hurricane to hit the United States in a matter of weeks.

As Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean and approached Florida, Sunday morning political news programs reported on the storm’s remarkable strength and size and the potential damage it could cause, but three major Sunday shows — Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday, CBS’ Face the Nation, and ABC’s This Week — failed to mention the effects of climate change during their coverage of the storm, even though expertshave linked extreme weather events, including Irma, to global warming.

The only Sunday morning political show to discuss climate change was CNN’s State of the Union. During an interview with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), host Jake Tapper said, “I would be remiss if I didn’t mention, the fact that many experts say that the storm is more intense because of climate change” and asked why many Republicans “act as if it’s not real, even though the overwhelming scientific consensus is that it’s real, and it’s man-made”:

Television news programs have repeatedly avoided discussing climate change in their coverage of devastating natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. The reluctance to discuss climate change on this week’s Sunday news shows follows a pattern that seems to be getting even worse.


Media Matters searched SnapStream for discussions of climate change and global warming using the search terms “climate change” or “global warming” on Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday, CBS’ Face the Nation, and ABC’s This Week, and CNN’s State of the Union. Segments were counted if climate change or global warming was discussed in reporting on Hurricane Irma.

*NBC’s Meet the Press was not included because the show was preempted for Hurricane Irma coverage.

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6 responses to “Sunday Shows Largely Fail To Mention Climate Change In Hurricane Irma Coverage”

  1. Richard Prescott says:

    Given that 2 of the 3 on Sunday AM who did not mention climate change were Fox News based. NO SURPRISE THERE.
    ABC, appears to have gone light weight these days.
    And I just saw Tapper’s interview with McCain, and McCain believe in climate change, unlike some of his other idiot party members denying it.
    But just wait, the climate change involvement with the greater intensity of these storms will be discussed. And it is time people really were made to understand in real terms, not Fox New’s bullcrap versions, what is involved.

    • Dapper Dan says:

      Ugh Fox the faux news network that literally dumbs down its viewership. Ignoring and not discussing Climate Change isn’t going to make it go away. We all ignore it at our own peril and there are many more Irma’s and Harvey’s in our future. Even though those on the right won’t admit it but Al Gore was right

      • dpaano says:

        As far as I’m concerned, the only “false news” out there comes from FAUX News, Breitbart, and all the alt.right news media stations….if you want REAL news, you listen to regular news channels!

        • Dapper Dan says:

          Yup the source of where we get our news is very important these days. I’m simply stunned when these RW news outlets can say whatever they want without a shred of evidence to back them up. When a lie is repeated often enough people will tend to believe it’s the truth. We are now living George’s Orwells 1984 in 2017

      • KenyaB says:

        Even if you wan to blame on God. God helps those who help themselves not sit on their hands denying science. Trump administration is full of ignorant, unschooled people who deny climate change. But in an effort to normalize an ignorant Trump. Americans are falling in line with the 4th Reich.

  2. dpaano says:

    Of COURSE they aren’t going to mention it…..they’ve spent too much time trying to deny it and to go back on that now would be too much for them to handle! Besides, their watchers will disappear (sure they will)!

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