How the News Ignored Obama’s Climate Change Plan

Photo by White House. Some rights reserved.

Photo by White House. Some rights reserved.

There’s a lot going on in the news these days, so you’d be forgiven for missing a story here or there. Still, when we told you about President Obama’s big climate change speech last week, we assumed it was headline material. After all, as I said in last week’s post, the speech marked “the first time that a President has set a legislative course of action to deal with climate change” – seems like a newsworthy event to me!

While reactions to Obama’s plan were mixed (and not just along party lines), Politico and Think Progress have both pointed out that major news networks gave very little attention (positive or negative) to the speech and unveiled plan, period. Politico’s Dylan Byers raised the issue last week, and Think Progress ran with it with two infographics, one showing the amount of time spent covering the speech on the following evening, and the other showing the amount of time given to the issue on Sunday night news programs (spoiler alert: it’s zero minutes for all “serious” news programs). As you can see, it was The Daily Show and David Letterman who really did Obama’s speech justice – you can watch a roundup of the comics’ opinions (apparently the only ones that really matter) here.

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