THE BLOG
07/02/2013 06:42 pm ET Updated Sep 01, 2013

Is There a Nielsen-veto of Inconvenient Truths?

Our planet's climate is rapidly changing and threatening the future of our civilization, yet mainstream media outlets and many conservatives continue to ignore the problem. Why?

Is it because they dial-group their news coverage? Have entertainment values corrupted the honored role of news in our democracy?

Do aggrieved, self-polarizing reactionaries now have a Nielsen-veto over objective reporting of inconvenient truths?

The best television coverage of President Obama's climate speech Tuesday wasn't on Fox, CNN, or even MSNBC. It was on the Weather Channel, the only network to carry the address live and to treat it as the major development that it was. Before Obama spoke, the network carried a special, "The Science Behind Climate Change." After the speech, the network ran more analysis, including a discussion of ways to reduce carbon emissions.

Read more from The New Republic.