Climate change so important that cable news ignored Obama’s UN speech

posted at 6:01 pm on September 23, 2014 by Noah Rothman

“Our citizens keep marching,” Barack Obama told the assembled delegates at the United Nations on Tuesday during his extravagantly publicized address on climate change. “We cannot pretend we can’t hear them.”

Apparently, cable news didn’t get the message. CNN and Fox News carried the president’s remarks for just a few minutes before cutting away. MSNBC never carried them at all.

There is a logical reason for why the cable networks chose not to cover the President of the United States addressing the most pressing crisis of our generation: It doesn’t drive interest.

Take, for example, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz who has made an unwise habit of focusing on whatever subject is of only peripheral relevance to the news cycle. Schultz decided to devote the majority of his attention just days before the opening salvos of a new American war in the Middle East to climate change. The results of this strategy were, as meteorologist Ryan Maue observed, his predictable collapse in the ratings.

“Ed Schultz’s ratings continued to plummet last week, falling to just 41,000 in a key demographic,” NewsBuster’s Scott Whitlock reported on Tuesday.

MSNBC’s regular viewers are in good company. A Gallup poll released in April revealed that only 35 percent of the public worries “a great deal” about climate change. Another 34 percent said the same of the concept of global warming, which Gallup noted has remained largely unchanged since 1989.

A more recent New York Times/CBS News poll measuring the public’s concern about catastrophic climate change apparently worried CBS News reporters so much that they were moved to spin the results.

“A CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday shows that 54 percent of Americans say global warming is having a serious impact now or will in the future,” CBS reported. “As many as four in 10 say global warming will be a serious threat to them during their lifetime.”

That sounds like majorities are deeply concerned about climate change and a plurality believes that the phenomenon will have an impact on their lives. This is, however, a bit of a misleading way to interpret this poll.

A plurality, 46 percent, said that global warming will have a serious impact now and another 28 percent said it will in the future. 54 percent, the number cited by CBS, believe that global warming effects are mostly caused by human activity, which is the highest that poll has measured.

But a dive into the partisan breakdown reveals that fewer than would be expected are up in arms over climate Change. Only six in 10 self-described Democrats believe the phenomenon of global warming is having an impact on the climate today.

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When asked if global warming will pose a threat to their interests in their lifetime, four in 10 did say that they believed it would. But almost six in 10 said it would not. Only 56 percent of self-identified Democrats said global warming would shape their lives and young adults aged 18-29 were evenly split on that question.

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Further confusing pundits, a total of 58 percent to 37 percent in this survey said protecting the environment should take precedence over ensuring economic growth. When asked to list their priorities, however, CBS observed that voters cited jobs and the economy “far ahead of the environment.”

The greatest challenge of our generation simply fails to capture the attention of the nation in the same way as does, say, armed conflict with terrorist groups actively plotting attacks on American national interests. That suggests Americans’ priorities are right where they need to be.


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“Our citizens keep marching,”

And they’re sooooo concerned about mother gaia and the environment that they left mounds of trash all over their parade route – as is typical of the hypocrit leftist ecotards.

dentarthurdent on September 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Amazing that even Dems are sick of his speechifying.

txhsmom on September 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Even Cable knows IT’S a SCAM.

CW on September 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Oakland- Your turn.

LOL

CW on September 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Apparently, cable news didn’t get the message. CNN and Fox News carried the president’s remarks for just a few minutes before cutting away.
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* * MSNBC never carried them at all. * *
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Noah Rothman on September 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

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Could it be that the White House didn’t really want the President’s “remarks” broadcast ?

listens2glenn on September 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

“Our citizens keep marching,” Barack Obama told the assembled delegates at the United Nations on Tuesday during his extravagantly publicized address on climate change. “We cannot pretend we can’t hear them.”

 
You can tell how serious it is because he had to fly there to give the speech.

rogerb on September 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Of huge note: here’s been no warming for 18 years, Antarctic sea ice is as at all time record levels, Arctic sea has record growth over the last 2 years (up from a cyclical low), and there is in reality exactly zero evidence that CO2 affects temperatures (true: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag).

My comment on a previous thread:

Now you see so many warmists saying like: “Well, what if we are wrong? Will we have done such a terrible thing by building a better world anyway?”
A better world?
Like the 83% CO2 cuts by 2045 that were mandated in the Cap & Trade bill that passed the US House in 2009. 83%, with large cuts coming immediately. This would have taken a wrecking ball to the economy, and created virtually apocalyptic havoc. “A better world,” I’m afraid not.
Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren had said as early as 1973 that a massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States… and [we] must design a stable, low-consumption economy.” Holdren said this way before the gwarming scare. It had nothing to do with global warming. Nevertheless, de-development was what he wanted then, and now.
The leftist Senator Tim Wirth said in 1993: “We’ve got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing.”
And to achieve their idea of “the right thing” … it is amazing how deception is so openly and explicitly called for:
“It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.” -Paul Watson, Co-Founder of Greenpeace
“We have to offer up scary scenarios… each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective [dishonest] and being honest [ineffective].” -Stephen Schneider, lead ipcc author, 1989
“I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of .. how dangerous it is.” -Al Gore
“Only sensational exaggeration makes the kind of story that will get politicians’ — and readers’ — attention.” -Monika Kopacz, Atmospheric Scientist
“The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.” -Daniel Botkin, ex Chair of Environmental Studies, UCSB
Hence, the fear mongering Chicken Littles, the broken record prognostications of doom that are starting to sound a lot like constant crying wolf.

anotherJoe on September 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

There is a logical reason for why the cable networks chose not to cover the President of the United States addressing the most pressing crisis of our generation: It doesn’t drive interest.

I thought they were focused on violent Muslims, which is the most pressing crisis of our generation. Man caused climate change is a myth.

rbj on September 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

What are we now, going into the 18th year with no measurable warming? And they are still beating that dead horse. Now they are calling it climate disruption even though there is zero evidence that the climate has been even slightly bothered by anything.

Johnnyreb on September 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Next week he’ll be focused like a laser beam on the economy.

txhsmom on September 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

dentarthurdent on September 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM

“Our citizens keep marching,”

because they were paid by Soros and Steyer .

burrata on September 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Fraud.

CW on September 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Nothing the climate “scientists” predicted over the last forty years has come true.

NOTHING

Yet fanatics continue to support phony science and hysterical claims of doom.

darwin on September 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The absolute complete failure of their climate models and predictions, with a good graphic on that here: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/

US Temperatures Have Plummeted Over The Past 15 Years: http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/us-temperatures-have-plummeted-over-the-past-15-years/

anotherJoe on September 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Yeah, that stranded polar bear photograph is a hoax too.

Star Bird on September 23, 2014 at 6:27 PM

He doesn’t know shit about weather much less the climate…he is insulting all those who lost homes and family members in natural disasters >:( his climate changd agenda sure won’t stop the next violent vortex on the Great Plains….

sorrowen on September 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Climate change so important that cable news ignored Obama’s UN speech

Yeah , wattsupwiththat ?

burrata on September 23, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Come on Oakland finally a thread where you have a little “knowledge”. You know you have been waiting with bated breath.

CW on September 23, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Obama thinks its warmer because he is going through the “change”, it wasn’t the “change” he had “hoped” for! Now he gets along great with Valerie and Moochell because they are all going through the “change” together.

Sven on September 23, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The absolute complete failure of their climate models and predictions, with a good graphic on that here: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/
US Temperatures Have Plummeted Over The Past 15 Years: http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/us-temperatures-have-plummeted-over-the-past-15-years/
anotherJoe on September 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM
Acedemia these days consists of talking dooms day senario’s with no proof that it will ever happen of course it takes massive hubris to think man can can change the climate is just absurd.

sorrowen on September 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

That UN speech was worse then his UN “Peace is Hard” speech.

mjbrooks3 on September 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

At the heart of any argument against the leftists’ climate change theory should be this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag

All the stuff about it not warming for 18 years, about it being hotter 1000 years ago, about record growth or ice extents at both poles, all that still leaves the fear mongers wiggle room to say “the ocean ate the heat” or something. Get to the heart of the matter, add an attack CO2 as in the video linked to the paragraph above, or add a link to that video. This video, in just 3 and half minutes, convincingly destroys the ipcc and Al Gore’s argument that has been the central plank of their theory, that there is evidence that CO2 causes temperatures change. There isn’t. See the video. Share and spread the word about it too, because everyone should see it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag

anotherJoe on September 23, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Okie Okie! Where are you?

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Kerry looked like he was praying or falling asleep!!

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 5h

Listening, sort of, to Pres Obama’s climate speech: @JohnKerry, @AmbassadorPower & @AmbassadorRice.

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/514461718760919041/photo/1

canopfor on September 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

The progressive brand is collapsing. Hillary is trying to bring back Alinsky from the dead so he can explain it to all the rubes.

redguy on September 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Obama thinks its warmer because he is going through the “change”, it wasn’t the “change” he had “hoped” for! Now he gets along great with Valerie and Moochell because they are all going through the “change” together.

Sven on September 23, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The tampon presidency !

burrata on September 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

It’s being clled “Semper Latte”!

Sven on September 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

ISIS
Home grown ISIS
ISIS ready to strike the USA
Khorasan are the biggest threat to the USA
Al Queda still a threat
GOP will end civilization
Ebola going to kill over 70% of population
Global Climate Change the biggest threat of century

What will it be tomorrow that we are supposed to be terrified of?

Jackson on September 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

GarandFan on September 23, 2014 at 6:52 PM

“Ed Schultz’s ratings continued to plummet last week, falling to just 41,000 in a key demographic,”

Programming note to MSNBC :

Replace Ed Schultz with a cat playing with a ball of string & double your ratings.

The cat would demand a lot less salary too.

MichaelGabriel on September 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

I heard a snippet of Obysmal’s UN “climate speech” on the radio news at the top of the hour. Our royal snot pontificated that the US was the largest “contributor” to man-made climate change and that we will pay a larger proportion in addressing the “problem.”

This is all of a piece in his “climate justice” agenda. He intends to redistribute world wealth through this scam, and “executive action” is scheduled ahead.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Here is something hilarious: the leader of the British Labor Party was giving his Big Speech about his party’s platform for the upcoming election (more welfare, repealing reforms, smiting payday lenders, ect.), and the British news stations cut away from it to cover Obama’s speech. The news readers called it “unfortunate”, and were sure it was by accident.

Count to 10 on September 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Global-warming hysteria reached a fever pitch in 1998 when everybody baked under a strong El Nino and Al Gore was Vice-President and made his horror movie about 20 feet of sea-level rise drowning half of Florida, and climate models following the 1975-1998 trend predicted disaster in 2010, or 2020, or something.

But something funny happened on the way to planetary disaster–CO2 levels kept on going up, but temperatures started going down, sea ice started coming back, we had some old-fashioned snowy winters, and sea-level rise slowed to such a crawl that it would take over 3,000 years for Gore’s disaster scenario to occur. Then global average temperatures started dropping off the bottom end of the range predicted by the climate models a few years earlier. So people started wondering, if the models couldn’t predict the past, how can they predict the future? And if the climate isn’t really warming, why worry about it?

But the great Egobama knows better than the world’s engineers and scientists, so he put in an EPA rule that made it impossible to permit a new power plant, whether it was coal-fired or gas-fired. By the way, natural-gas fired power plants emit less than half the CO2 as coal-fired plants for the same power produced, and the Marcellus shale and fracking has made natural gas plentiful and cheap, but Obama’s genius rule prevents people from building gas-fired plants to replace coal-fired plants and reducing emissions of CO2 (and acid rain and particulates).

But ain’t Obama sooo awesomely awesome with his neatly creased pants?

Steve Z on September 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Oakland why have you forsaken me?

CW on September 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

It is not whether the accusation is true or false that matters, it is the seriousness of the charge.– Dan Rather

Global warmers have a agenda that is far more important to them than the truth.

KW64 on September 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I have to ask: About that picture – what does a polar bear humping a chunk of ice have to do with the climate?

Woody

woodcdi on September 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Our citizens keep marching because the buses keep picking them up.

ctmom on September 24, 2014 at 7:09 AM

I have to ask: About that picture – what does a polar bear humping a chunk of ice have to do with the climate?

Woody

woodcdi on September 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

It’s an emotional plea. The Collective is pleading with people to give up their SUV’s so the polar bear’s homes made of ice don’t melt into nothing and leave them homeless.

But as I posted above, it’s a hoax.

Star Bird on September 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

It’s an emotional plea. The Collective is pleading with people to give up their SUV’s so the polar bear’s homes made of ice don’t melt into nothing and leave them homeless.

But as I posted above, it’s a hoax.

Star Bird on September 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Yeah, but what that bear is doing to that hunk of ice is sure to be the cause of melting it! :-)

Woody

woodcdi on September 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM