CNN recently dedicated five times more air time to fossil fuel advertising than it did to climate coverage...
It's a climate coverage disgrace. Millions of Americans consider CNN a trusted news source — but viewers are being kept in the dark.
In the weeks following announcements that 2015 was the hottest year on record and that February 2016 was the hottest month on record, CNN aired five times more fossil fuel advertising than climate reporting.
Analysis from Media Matters shows that the American Petroleum Institute, a lobbying group that denies climate change, is getting more coverage than the news about humanity's greatest challenge. And this analysis didn't even include all of the ads from individual fossil fuel companies and the Koch brothers.
In fact, only one of CNN's three woefully inadequate reports about temperature records made any mention of "climate change" or "global warming" — and none addressed carbon pollution from the fossil fuel industry or any of the other ways in which humans are causing climate change.
During the same periods Media Matters studied, MSNBC aired far fewer oil industry ads and far more climate coverage, including a whole segment on "Hardball" that featured interviews with NASA scientists and other experts.
As one of the largest news organizations on the planet, CNN must do better. That's why we've joined a coalition of organizations who are demanding that CNN #ReportOnClimate.
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Amanda, Emily, Brant, Brandy, and the rest of the ClimateTruth.org team
CNN recently dedicated five times more air time to fossil fuel advertising than it did to climate coverage.
"Study: CNN Viewers See Far More Fossil Fuel Advertising than Climate Change Reporting," Media Matters, 4-25-16:
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