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Global Warming Silence on Sunday TV
Is Sunday morning a bad time to talk about climate change?
You'd think a massive hurricane that wreaked havoc along the East Coast might force the high-profile Sunday morning TV shows to talk about climate change.
You'd be wrong.
With the devastation from "superstorm" Sandy still being tallied--over 100 dead in the United States, dozens more in the Caribbean, tens of billions of dollars in damage--the Sunday shows on November 4 couldn't be bothered to talk about what caused this storm to be so damaging, and will make future devastating storms inevitable.
On NBC's Meet the Press, host David Gregory said: "Should more attention be paid to a changing climate’s impact on the severity of these storms?"
The answer to that question would appear to be no--since the episode never talked about climate change again.
There's no doubt that climate change is rarely a front-burner issue for corporate media. But the weekend after a massive, once-in-a-century storm ravages the East Coast, climate change is hardly a footnote on the network's Sunday shows?
If this was not the time to talk about climate change, when will that day come?
It's time to tell the Sunday shows: We need a real discussion of climate change--with experts on climate, not political pundits.