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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:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-administration-axes-funding-for-nasa-system-that-monitors-greenhouse-gases/ar-AAx66OJ

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nasa-greenhouse-gas-monitoring-killed_us_5af50a35e4b0e57cd9f7db6b

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44067797

https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/congress-omnibus-bill-ended-funding-nasas-carbon-monitoring-system

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/climate-science-denying-trump-regime-silently-killed-nasa-carbon-monitoring-system

https://earther.com/nasas-carbon-monitoring-program-wont-go-down-without-a-1826019793

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2018/05/09/trump-administration-terminates-nasas-carbon-monitoring-system/

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.

11 thoughts on “Did the News Media report President Trump’s axing of the NASA Carbon Monitoring System?

  1. Most network news is not as bad as Fox denial, but they try to stay too neutral and don’t report things they should. Luckily other sources do

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  2. Interesting. In Aotearoa New Zealand, it appears to have been reported on all the major local news services on radio, television, newspapers, and on their online news services as well. Sometimes, when I see what passes for news in the US, I begin to think we might be better informed about America than many Americans are.

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  3. In order to keep abreast with what’s going on, I’ve signed up to receive news reports via email from a number of independent news agencies (local and foreign), as well as American organizations. What I miss, I get from you and other bloggers.

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