We as Franciscans understand well the connection between humanity, creation and the poor. Future generations deserve better than what we are leaving them. Pope Francis has warned us in his encyclical about our consumption habits, reminding us that climate change, “represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.” (Laudato Si #25) Given these directives, one would think a major news network would cover the issue around the clock. Sadly, this is not the case.
In the weeks following the announcement that 2015 was the hottest year on record, CNN dedicated five times more air time to fossil fuel advertising than it did to climate coverage. CNN ran 23.5 minutes of American Petroleum Institute ads, compared to just five minutes of coverage about climate change or the temperature records. (1) This needs to change.
Only one of CNN’s three woefully inadequate reports about temperature records made any mention of “climate change” or “global warming” -- and none addressed carbon pollution from the fossil fuel industry or any of the other ways in which humans are causing global warming. (1)
During the same periods Media Matters studied, MSNBC aired far fewer oil industry ads, and far more climate coverage including a whole segment on hardball that featured interviews with NASA scientists and other experts. (1)
As one of the largest news organizations on the planet, and a leading network covering key issues like science, the Presidential election and more, we need CNN to do better.
Peace and all good,
FAN Director of Campaigns