Nov
05
2012

Global Warming Silence on Sunday TV

No talk about climate's contribution to catastrophe

You'd think a massive hurricane that wreaked havoc along the East Coast might force the high-profile Sunday morning TV shows to talk about climate change.

You'd be wrong.

It's time for us to tell the Sunday talkshows: Talk about climate change. Sign FAIR's petition today.

It is difficult for most people to keep ignoring the link between catastrophic climate change and weather catastrophes like "superstorm" Sandy. But with the devastation still being tallied--over 100 dead in the United States, dozens more in the Caribbean, tens of billions of dollars in damage--the Sunday shows on November 4 couldn't be bothered to talk about what caused this storm to be so damaging, and will make future devastating storms inevitable.

On NBC's Meet the Press, host David Gregory said at the top of the show (11/4/12):

Should more attention be paid to a changing climate's impact on the severity of these storms?

The answer to that question would appear to be no--since the episode never talked about climate change again.

On ABC's This Week (11/4/12), right-leaning pundit Matthew Dowd made a passing comment about climate change and how it would affect Mitt Romney's electioneering. On CBS's Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer likewise framed the storm in terms of its impact on the election (11/4/12):

And then there's the wild card: What impact will the superstorm that destroyed parts of New Jersey and plunged the lower half of Manhattan into darkness have on the races?

On Fox News Sunday (11/4/12), climate change was not an issue either; the hurricane was discussed as a political opportunity for President Barack Obama.

There's no doubt that climate change is rarely a front-burner issue for corporate media. But the weekend after a massive, once-in-a-century storm ravages the East Coast, climate change is hardly a footnote on the networks' Sunday shows?

If this was not the time to talk about climate change, when will that day come?

ACTION:

Tell the Sunday shows: It's time to have a real discussion of climate change--with experts on climate, not political pundits. Sign FAIR's petition today.