No scientists or environment reporters appeared on Sunday talk testifies last year.
This Sunday was no different.
But their need from the politically influential time slot this week served as a damning indictment of video coverage of the human-caused climate crisis. For epoches, a firehose of brand-new scandals concerning Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt cracked — on an hourly basis, on occasion — intensifying influence on the embattled head to resign over the allegations of corrupt practices and taxpayer waste.
The brouhaha reached the same week Pruitt, bucking his pundits, announced the rollback of a landmark Obama-era rule to limit emission from vehicle tailpipes, a decision InsideClimate News called the Trump administration’s “most climate-damaging move yet.”
Yet, this Sunday, ABC News opened Sen. Lindsey Graham( R-S.C .) airtime on “This Week” to opine about brand-new White House policy proposals. CNN invited National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on “State of the Union” to talk trade. NBC News’ “Meet The Press” hosted a roundtable with government reporters, a National Review editor and Republican Sen. Mike Rounds( S.D .).
What little debate they had about Pruitt focused on the moralities scandals. Rounds responded lots of the judgment of the EPA chief is “nitpicking.”
“I don’t known better much of it is overblown and how much of it is accurate, to be honest, ” Rounds said.” “I’m not going to call it fake information. I’ll say in some cases we’ll overblow something, but in this specific case Mr. Pruitt has been doing a good job as the secretary of the EPA. He is moving forward exactly as this president said he would.”
Graham conceded that the morals controversy “doesn’t gaze good” but that aside from that, Pruitt has “done a good job.”
Sunday establishes, like the networks that air them, have all along been ignored climate change issues. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox aired a combined 260 hours of climate change coverage last year, according to a February study released after radical watchdog Media Matters for America. Of that, 205 times, or 79 percent, featured actions or statements by the Trump administration, most often President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. Practically all coverage of climate change issues on Sunday establishes — 94 of 95 hours — focused on the administration.
“It’s a perversion, frankly, ” Michael Mann, a climatologist at Penn State University, told HuffPost of the lack of television coverage.