By Robert A. Vella
America’s mainstream news media has been under intense criticism over the last couple of decades or so. And, no, I’m not just referring to the current U.S. President’s daily rants about “fake news.” Since the media industry began to be deregulated under the Reagan and Clinton administrations (see: Media Regulation Timeline), the concept of a journalistic Fourth Estate has steadily eroded away. Corporate consolidation has narrowed executive control over content in a fewer number of hands, news programming was changed from a public service to profit-making operations, and editorial priorities have shifted from substantive reporting towards entertainment. This doesn’t mean that mainstream news is no longer capable of quality journalism, but it does mean that a lot of important information which should be disseminated to the public isn’t being disseminated.
Earlier this month, Science Magazine reported that the Trump Administration axed federal funding for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) which systematically measures the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. CO2 is the primary driver of greenhouse gas warming responsible for anthropogenic climate change. This system is relied upon by the Paris Climate Accords to verify actual results versus pledges made by member nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But, was this story reported by the mainstream news media?
Here’s what I discovered this morning when searching for “NASA Carbon Monitoring System” via Bing and Google:
Note: the MSN link simply shares the Huffington Post article, yet it did not appear on MSN’s home page earlier today.
What about ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Fox News, and the other mainstream news outlets? You tell me.