Search Results for: Miranda C. Spencer

Apr 1 2014

Sunday Morning Snow Job

Beltway talk shows’ flaky climate coverage

ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, L. A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, ABC business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis and Climate Central climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen.

On February 16, 2014, all three Sunday morning programs featured the climate change topic prominently. Unfortunately, quality didn’t match quantity, reflecting the “balance as bias” framework of years past, with scientists debating nonscientists and facts vying with opinions and political platforms—sometimes to the point of incoherence.

Apr 1 2014

Extra! April 2014

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Articles Available Only to Subscribers: SoundBites Letters GENDER FOCUS The War on Poor Women of Color Abortion coverage slump matches class & ethnic shift by Rania Khalek Sunday Morning Snow Job Beltway talk shows’ flaky climate coverage by Miranda C. Spencer Leading Papers’ Sources Tilt Toward TPP Sparse, slanted coverage of corporate-friendly deal by Steve Rendall and Melanie Nakashian Good Protesters—and the Bad Kind When Molotov cocktails are just a ‘boy’s adventure’ by Peter Hart On Homeland, Islam Means Terror TV’s one major Muslim character is a secret Al-Qaeda agent by Arun Kundnani

May 1 2013

Kicking Carbon

The climate solution that dares not speak its name

Fossil Fuel Not Cool (cc photo: Darel Propst)

Just as the mainstream media are evolving away from the era of false balance (Extra!, 11/04) to accept the reality of what scientists call “anthropogenic global warming,” a different type of denial has taken hold: a refusal to acknowledge the fact that the solution to the climate crisis requires humanity to stop depending on fossil fuels for energy. Earth’s dire atmospheric situation was confirmed by November 2012 reports from such tree-hugging pinkos as the World Bank and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. PWC’s most recent edition of its annual Low Carbon Economy Index declares, “To give our-selves a more than 50 percent chance […]

Feb 1 2012

Natural Gas and the News

Most messages on fracking ‘brought to you by our sponsors’

When it comes to natural gas extraction via “fracking,” TV journalism has some serious competition: energy industry commercials. Like ads for political candidates that run concurrently with broadcast news coverage of the presidential race, ads promoting natural gas (and other fossil fuels) have long been running in concert with news segments about the topic, most recently touting the prospect of a “boom” made possible by the controversial extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing of the shale sprawling beneath more than 30 U.S. states. During the past three years, Extra! found, there has been exponentially more propaganda for the wonders of […]

Feb 1 2011

The Planet Keeps Warming, But U.S. Media Interest Cools

Climate summit(s) in Cancún

After the anticlimax of the COP-15 climate-policy negotiations in Copenhagen last year (Extra!, 2/10)—in which the more than 190 UN-member nations walked away with a non-binding statement of intent cobbled together in secret by the U.S. and a few other wealthy nations—public and press expectations for this year’s COP-16 meeting (11/29-12/10/10) in Cancún, Mexico, were low. At least in part reflecting this pessimism, there has been a “steep slide” in climate reporting this year, Columbia Journalism Review’s science blog (Observatory, 11/24/10) noted. Few major corporate news media outlets even planned to send reporters to Cancún; as Washington Post lead environmental […]

Apr 1 2010

Letters to the Editor

Hunting for Orion in Green Press List I enjoyed the environment focus published in my recent e-edition of Extra! (2/10), but I am puzzled by the omission of Orion magazine from Miranda Spencer’s round-up of notable environmental magazines and websites (“Environmental Journalism in the Greenhouse Era”). Orion magazine is an extremely ambitious and high-end nature magazine, focused on the very topics Ms. Spencer raises. On the topic of climate change, it has consistently published writers and works of the top rank, and is a far more important voice than the others Ms. Spencer highlights, especially Mother Jones, which saw fit […]

Sep 1 2009

Letters to the Editor

The Future of Journalism I welcomed Extra!’s special issue on the future of journalism and especially enjoyed Jim Naureckas’ piece, in which he rightly points out: Giant for-profit companies do not have the same interests as the public at large. And if any sort of entity is able to set aside its own interests when reporting the news, it’s not going to be institutions that are required by law to seek the highest level of profit in everything they do…. In short, the quality of news we get is about what you’d expect to get from the kind of media […]

Mar 1 2009

Overlooking Evidence

Media ignore environmental connections to breast cancer

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/TipsTimes

Breast cancer is now epidemic, affecting one in eight women, according to the American Cancer Society and others. The leading cause of death in women in their late 30s to early 50s, it’s estimated to have killed 40,000 people in 2008. Known risk factors for breast cancer—such as age, genetics, reproductive history and alcohol consumption—account for only half the cases. (Genetics, the culprit du jour in the media, accounts for just 5 to 10 percent of all cases.) What about the other 50 percent? A growing body of private, university and government environmental health research on animals and human populations […]