Infographic: Sunday News Shows Ignored Obama’s Climate Plan But Late-Night Comics Picked Up The Slack

You may have heard that President Obama gave a big speech last week laying out his plan to cut carbon pollution.

Sadly, you wouldn’t have heard that if you were relying on the Sunday morning news shows that supposedly recap and discuss the big stories of the week. Mirthfully, David Letterman and Jay Leno spent a combined three minutes on climate, and The Daily Show on Comedy Central beat that.

I’m reminded of the timeless words of Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;Weep, and you weep alone.For the sad old earth must borrow its mirthBut has trouble enough of its own



In fairness to shows that air on Sunday, Melissa Harris Perry devoted a segment (video) to the President’s speech, featuring Josh Fox, director of Gasland and Gasland 2, as well as Danielle Moodie-Mills, an adviser at the Center for American Progress. Fox talked about the plan’s focus on natural gas and what that means for the leakage of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Moodie-Mills talked about the focus on far-off security threats that may or may not happen, versus climate change, which is happening right now.