TV Networks Silent On Biodiversity Devastation
ABC, NBC, and MSNBC prime-time shows ignored landmark UN report on biodiversity; Only three of 26 prime-time news programs on major networks covered the report
Ted MacDonald, May 8, 2019 (Media Matters for America)
“…On the day the [landmark United Nations report on a devastating decline in biodiversity] was released, three of the networks -- ABC, NBC, and MSNBC -- aired no prime-time coverage of it, while the other three networks each aired one prime-time segment. Out of 26 total prime-time news programs on the networks, only three reported on the U.N. assessment…[The summary report released by the U.N. on May 6 reported about 1 million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction due to expansive human development and pointed to] human activities that are affecting biodiversity, including overfishing, poaching, farming, mining, logging, and polluting…[It was covered by only] one of three broadcast nightly news shows…Significant segments on these networks instead focused on a Russian airplane fire, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen reporting to prison, and the birth of a royal baby in Britain.
CBS Evening News was the only broadcast nightly news program to air a segment…[ABC's news shows consistently lag behind their broadcast competitors in covering climate change. In 2018, ABC aired less than 11 minutes of climate coverage on its nightly and Sunday morning news programs, far less than its counterparts…The only prime-time cable shows to mention the global assessment were CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper and Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier. Coverage on The Lead was straightforward, while Special Report's coverage was riddled with skepticism…Overall, out of a total of 26 prime-time news shows aired on the major broadcast and cable networks on May 6, only three included coverage of the global assessment…” click here for more