Report: U.S. Media Barely Mention Climate In Stories On Extreme Heat

A new Media Matters analysis of news coverage of this summer’s heat wave finds that television outlets mentioned climate change in only 8.7 percent of stories throughout July. Among these six outlets — ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and NBC — only MSNBC consistently talked about the role of climate change in accelerating extreme heat and weather events. ABC incorporated climate change into only 2 percent of its coverage in July, and Fox News only mentioned climate change once to in order to dismiss the problem.

Newspaper outlets did a better job, putting just over 25 percent of stories into a climate context. The study looked at coverage from the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July was the hottest month ever recorded since record keeping began.

4 Responses to Report: U.S. Media Barely Mention Climate In Stories On Extreme Heat

  1. Manue says:

    At last a big move forward !!!

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    Red state residents either don’t read newspapers or they are crappy. The only TV network that talks about climate change is Fox, in order to deny it.

    People in red states aren’t stupid, they are just not getting accurate information. This is deliberate, of course, and is negligent and homicidal.

  3. catman306 says:


    Lies, lies of omission, and phony statistics, the stuff out of which political campaigns are generated.

    Now what ELSE aren’t they talking about?

  4. What will really count is whether Bob Schieffer, Candy Crowley, Jim Lehrer or Martha Radatz have a question for the “debaters” that links climate to either the economy (like how do you fix the economy to allow for climate adaptation?) or energy (like how might your energy policy affect climate change?).

    None of that list have the guts to ask such questions.