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Cancun vs. Copenhagen: Have the Media Forgotten About Global Warming?

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A Year after broadcast network-hyped U.N. Climate Change Conference in Denmark, same networks don’t even mention same event in Mexico.

Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
Dec 2, 2010

Crickets chirping

That’s the sound you would hear if you were looking for any sort of broadcast media coverage on site at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference going on now in Cancun. A survey of the broadcast networks over the week leading up to the Cancun event and two days into it shows it hasn’t even been mentioned on any of the evening news broadcasts, morning shows or Sunday morning public affairs programming.

However, the same event hosted in Copenhagen in 2009 was all over the radar of the broadcast networks. A similar survey of the same programming leading up to Copenhagen show five reports about the event, with ABC and NBC having reporters on-scene at the conference.

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So what happened? Do the media finally getting it about climate change and the United Nations’ conference? Or are they just reluctant to cheer-lead alarmism about climate change with a sour economy and lower poll numbers for President Barack Obama?

The Deluge of Copenhagen 2009 Media Attention

Flashback to November 2009: Global warming alarmist forces were rallying all over as the 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference was set to convene in Copenhagen, Denmark. Former Vice President Al Gore visited the White House, successfully lobbying President Obama to attend the hyped event.

‘President Obama took an important step today with the announcement that he will attend the global warming treaty talks in Copenhagen,’ Gore said on Dec. 7, 2009. ‘This action is another example of the significant change in policy on the climate crisis … Those who feared that the United States had abdicated its global responsibility should take hope from these actions and work towards completing a strong operational agreement next month in Copenhagen and guidelines for negotiators to complete their work next year on a comprehensive treaty.’

However, when it was all said and done, Copenhagen turned out to be a disappointment for the global warming alarmist crowd, despite a full-court press by the Obama administration and a media willing to accommodate the administration’s desire to push this issue out front.

“The science is solid, according to a vast majority of researchers, with hotter temperatures, melting glaciers and rising sea level providing the proof,” Clayton Sandell said on ABC “World News Sunday” Dec. 6, 2009, reporting from Copenhagen the night before last year’s conference kicked off.

Anchor Dan Harris went on to describe climate change as ‘the most important problem in the world.’

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