Yes, You Can Talk About Climate Change on TV

FAIR’s new alert takes aim at the Sunday morning chat shows (Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday) for ignoring climate change this weekend– right after “superstorm” Sandy devastated the East Coast.

As we noted, NBC host David Gregory said early on his program: “Should more attention be paid to a changing climate’s impact on the severity of these storms?”

That was the last mention of climate change on the show.

I know a lot of people might say, “Well, with the election around the corner, politics shows have to stick to electoral politics.” I don’t see the logic in that–these are shows that will find time to do a special edition on the Super Bowl, if their network has broadcast rights to the big game.

But we can also see with our own eyes that a politics show can talk about the election and climate change.

The day before the Sunday shows skipped global warming, MSNBC host Chris Hayes devoted significant time on his show Up With Chris Hayes (11/3/12) to the election. But he also offered a passionate call to action:

You are either on the side of your fellow citizens and residents of this planet, or you are on the side of the storms as yet unnamed.

You cannot be neutral.

The Sunday shows chose silence–which is not neutral, but taking the position that climate change is unimportant.

Want to do something about it? Sign FAIR’s petition to the Sunday shows. Let’s make them explain why they remained silent about climate catastrophe.


About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.