"Cable Networks Largely Ignore Major Climate Change Report"

"The New York Times led Monday’s paper with an ominous headline potentially affecting everyone on Earth: 'Panel’s Warning On Climate Risk: Worst Is To Come.'

A major new report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change detailed how climate change is already impacting the planet, including rising sea levels, increasingly acidic oceans, melting ice caps and brutal heat waves. The report, according to the Times, “cited the risk of death or injury on a widespread scale, probable damage to public health, displacement of people and potential mass migrations.”

But such dramatic findings weren't treated with similar urgency Monday morning on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. The three cable news networks largely ignored the IPCC's findings between 6:00 a.m. and noon, according to a search using media monitoring service TVEyes.

CNN briefly mentioned the U.N. report during two news roundups, speaking about it for roughly 40 seconds of airtime out of six hours.

However, CNN found plenty of time to devote to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The network has been obsessively covering the mystery for several weeks, regardless of whether there's any new information to report."

Michael Calderone reports for the Huffington Post March 31, 2014.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014