Saturday, September 9, 2017

A veteran reporter explains why network news is a waste of time

Reported in Major news networks are failing to explain that Hurricane Harvey was fueled by climate change.  (Quartz, 9/9/2017)
Holding on to yesterday.  Network newscasts have huge viewerships [9 million for NBC and ABC], but they are generally terrible at covering climate change. In 2016, the three major networks and Fox spent a grand total of 50 minutes on the carbon crisis. ABC, the worst offender, dedicated exactly six minutes to climate change and interviewed a total of zero climate scientists.

Related reading:
The Decline of the Major Networks.  (Forbes, 7/22/2009)
Twenty-seven million to 29 million viewers, on average, tuned in every night to hear Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. Today, though, the viewership of evening news programs on CBS, NBC and ABC combined is smaller than CBS’ when Cronkite sat in the anchor’s chair. In a 2008 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, just 8% reported regularly watching Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News broadcast.

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