New research says corporate news outlets largely ignored Sunday’s massive climate change rally in Washington, D.C., which organizers had called the largest in U.S. history. Tens of thousands of people rallied against the Keystone XL oil pipeline and in favor of curbing greenhouse gas emissions. But the group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting says none of the Sunday talk shows that day even mentioned the protest. ABC World News and CBS Evening News each gave it less than 50 words. While The Washington Post covered the protest, The New York Times limited its coverage to a business section story about the political implications of President Obama’s decision on whether to approve the pipeline. FAIR wrote: “When history looks back on how we responded to the climate change crisis, the fact that most of the corporate media missed [the protest’s] importance will be remembered.”
A new study has found one-third of all seafood samples taken across the United States are fraudulently labeled. In some places, roughly half of samples were found to be a different type of fish than customers thought they were buying, according to the group Oceana, which tested more than 1,200 seafood samples. Certain types of fish were more commonly mislabeled than others. Out of 120 samples of red snapper, for example, only seven were labeled correctly. The group found fish species that are considered potentially risky for pregnant women and children because of their high mercury content were being sold to customers who ordered safer types of fish. Report author Kimberly Warner described the findings.