Media Matters found that ABC and CNN were the worst offenders, with just 2 percent and 4 percent of their extreme weather coverage carrying any mention of climate change, respectively. The left-leaning network MSNBC was the only network to discuss climate change in almost all of its segments on extreme weather during the month of July, the study added.
Surprisingly, the right-leaning Fox News Channel came in second place, but that’s not saying much: only 16 percent of the network’s extreme weather coverage mentioned climate change. CBS and NBC placed third and fourth, at 15 percent and 11 percent.
A previous Media Matters analysis also found a significant decline in climate news coverage on broadcast networks between 2009 and 2011, representing a drop of more than 80 percent. The Sunday morning news programs saw the most precipitous dropoff, going from devoting a total of 21 minutes in 2009 to just 9 minutes in 2011.
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