Green Group Blasts Media for Backing Off

Of 3K questions to candidates, 6 were about climate change
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2008 2:35 PM CST
Republican Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, talks to reporters during a media availability after a breakfast in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Prime-time journalists have asked this year’s presidential candidates 2,975 questions, just six of which mentioned climate change, according to one conservation group’s tally. That puts global warming just ahead of UFOs (mentioned three times) in frequency, Salon reports. “We’ve gone through the longest primary in our history,” said one advocate, yet “these reporters are ignoring the most pressing issue.”

The next president will have a big role in shaping climate policy, but that doesn’t make great TV. The Democrats all have similar plans on the issue, and the Republican positions are at least well staked out. “It’s not going to create a headline for tomorrow’s paper,” says a Sierra Club spokesman.