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2019-10-18 Home Front: Politix
CNN and the New York Times skip climate change in the fourth Democratic debate
[GRIST] Moderators of the three previous Democratic primary debates caught a lot of flak from environmental advocates for not spending enough time on climate change. On Tuesday night, moderators of the fourth debate paved the way for a new era of climate politics by featuring warming front and center. Just kidding. In actuality not a single question about the biggest threat facing residents of the United States, and the world, was asked of the 12 candidates who qualified for the debate.

That’s despite the fact that CNN, one of the night’s two host media organizations, recently held a climate change-themed town hall during which moderators grilled candidates on all angles of the issue. The New York Times, the other host, has a team of journalists specifically assigned to climate stories. (CNN even ran a Times ad touting its climate coverage during one of the debate’s commercial breaks). And yet, somehow, CNN and the Times were unable to muster even a yes/no question about a crisis that is projected to claim millions of lives and alter the world as we know it.

Instead, the candidates were asked about hot topics in recent news cycles, like about whether President Trump should be impeached and the commander-in-chief’s recent decision to pull troops out of Syria ‐ as well as topics that have come up previously, like gun control, a wealth tax, and the minutiae of single-payer health care versus Medicare for all versus "Medicare for all who want it." That’s all well and good: It’s certainly important that voters hear from the candidates on those issues. But at the 11th hour, when it seemed the moderators might finally ask the candidates a question about climate change, they delivered a disappointment of epic proportions.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-10-18 04:47|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [288 views ]  Top

#1 in defense of CNN, they did have a 7 hour debate on climate change just a few weeks ago
Posted by lord garth 2019-10-18 05:20||   2019-10-18 05:20|| Front Page Top

#2 A tactical retreat only - environmentalism is the best tool this bunch of aspiring tyrants has.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-10-18 05:45||   2019-10-18 05:45|| Front Page Top

#3 in defense of CNN, they did have a 7 hour debate on climate change just a few weeks ago

Some people just can't get enough bullshit in their lives.
Posted by Raj 2019-10-18 09:17||   2019-10-18 09:17|| Front Page Top

#4 Because CNN and NYTs skip climate change in the debate does not mean that it isn't part of the agenda.
Posted by JohnQC 2019-10-18 09:26||   2019-10-18 09:26|| Front Page Top

#5 They need to have a debate immigration. It would be a hoot.
Posted by BrerRabbit 2019-10-18 17:07||   2019-10-18 17:07|| Front Page Top

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