Media Misses Extreme Weather/Climate Connection
Peter SinclairÂ notes:
Dear Mainstream Media,
Does the phrase âBiggest Story of the Millenniumâ mean anything to you?
Letâs play word association. For instance, if I say, âtreesâ, you might sayâŚ. âforestâ.
Câmon guys. I canât do this all by myself.
Your Â buddy,
ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN devoted 74 full segments to flooding in the Midwest, but only oneâon CBS Evening Newsâalluded to the fact that heavy downpours have increased (one percent of coverage). That segment did not explain that scientists have attributed this to climate change, and did not feature any scientists. MSNBC and Fox News were not included in this analysis because transcripts of their daytime coverage are not available in Nexis. [CBS News,Â 5/2/13]