The U.S. Broadcast News Media as a Social Arena in the Global Climate Change Debate

Kuban, Adam
January 2008
Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2008, p1
Conference Paper
The rise in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases has generated television coverage of the scientific community. The issue, however, is subject to competing claims of numerous sources cited in the transcripts. This content analysis examines global climate change coverage from ABC, CBS and NBC between January 2000 and December 2005. Results reveal that the networks consulted 250 sources in primetime newscasts. The largest category—political or governmental sources, totaled 55. Interestingly, however, scientists often contributed conflicting statements. Several sources—including some scientific—denied the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change consensus that there is a "discernible human influence" on global climate change. ..PAT.-Unpublished Manuscript


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