Did you know over a half-million people took part in 2,700 simultaneous climate-change events in 161 countries yesterday? Did you know it was in advance of the U.N. climate summit this week?
Most importantly, did you see it live on your teevee?
As Karoli pointed out, of course you didn't. Because of course our corporate media doesn't like to talk about anything that doesn't serve their agendas. And if it's not on the teevee, ordinary people who don't have time to immerse themselves in news coverage won't know how many people agree about man-made climate change. So that works out nicely for the people who own the media!
All in all, it was a perfect opportunity for some of America's biggest news organizations to cover the topic of climate change, something that usually gets eitherignored or badly handled. For Sunday talk show hosts, there was even a nice political hook, since the march was pegged to a UN summit that President Obama will be attending.
Well, so much for that idea. It seems climate change remains one potentially world-shattering issue that just can't get any respect on television. No Sunday morning show except MSNBC's "Up" so much as mentioned climate change, or the march. "NBC Nightly News" was the only evening news show to do any segment on it. (ABC devoted about 23 seconds to the topic in its evening show, and CBS spent exactly zero seconds on it.) Cable news, with the exception of Al Jazeera America, mostly looked the other way, save for a couple of segments on CNN and MSNBC.
If you want to follow the "Flood Wall Street" march today, you'll have to go to Twitter:
— Alex Silverman (@AlexSilverman) September 22, 2014