Recently launched by Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network, Al Jazeera America has already made a splash for its no-nonsense climate change coverage – something local media stations have been too timid to tackle.
Perhaps timid is not the right word. Squeamish is better.
Fox News and CNN have both failed to provide balanced climate change coverage, according to Media Matters, mostly because of political wrangling.
But Al Jazeera America, launched 20 August, 2013, has no such qualms.
“Al Jazeera America’s 30 minutes of climate coverage (about 24 minutes not including commercial breaks) represented nearly half of what was seen on all network nightly news programs in 2012, and more than what was featured by CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront and Anderson Cooper 360 and Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity combined in the past four and a half months,” writes Media Matters.
The segment aired during Tuesday’s edition of Inside Story, according to the paper, and promises to usher in a refreshing new era of balanced, science-based environmental journalism.
Dr. Heidi Cullen, Vice President and Chief Climatologist for Climate Central — a non-profit science journalism organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ, was one of the show’s first guests.
She said it is essential to come to terms with climate change and the fact that we are both the cause of and solution to manmade global warming. Instead of inciting political drama, the show focused on the inevitable consequences of climate change – including fiercer ecological crisis such as drought, storms, and rising sea levels.
A director competitor to the news outlets that have helped to fuel America’s great left/right divide, Al Jazeera aims to be a pioneer in straightforward climate change coverage – even focusing occasionally on solutions in order to hopefully catalyze positive, proactive action, and they’re not shy about criticizing news outlets that don’t.
Media Matters reports:
“Over the past ten years,” said Michael Mann, the director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State, “[special interests] have literally spent hundred of millions of dollars in a major disinformation campaign—a campaign aimed at confusing the public.”
For more details, head over to Media Matters.
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