Category Archives: Politics

Parsing Opinion Polls … and Politics … In Covering Offshore Drilling Campaign Issue

Opinion polls are fueling politicians and candidates to push for more U.S. offshore oil drilling, with the media looking on intently. Since the issue became a political focal point in May and June, polling has been relentless: Zogby. Rasmussen. Field. [...]

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Editorial Page Commentaries On Candidate McCain’s Climate Prescriptions

The nation’s newspaper editorial pages used Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s mid-May climate change speech in Oregon to vent, pro and con, on the Arizona Senator’s policy prescription. A sampling of the commentaries, drawn from the climate change reporting database [...]

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‘Getting It’ – Why Climate Isn’t a Campaign Media Issue?

Making climate change a presidential campaign story is harder than it looks – though a lot of journalists tried to do so at the National Press Club April 11. There was no contest. That was the story.

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Sierra Club Prodding Local Actions Through ‘Cool Cities’ Climate Campaign

Facing continued political stalemate in Washington, D.C., over federal climate change regulations, at least 800 mayors of cities large and small over the past three years have signed pledges to drastically reduce their carbon emissions.

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Questions Media Can Consider To Better Inform American Voters (Pt.3 of 3)

Future American presidents committed to taking strong action on climate change, beginning with whoever takes office next January, will face some tough choices. Many scientists and climate policy experts say unprecedented and historic action is needed.

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Candidates and Campaigns Coverage Flirting (at Most) with Climate Change (Pt.2 of 3)

When it comes to covering the climate issue in the campaign for president, politicians and the nation’s news and editorial pages just can’t commit. The environment, and that includes global warming, is an issue that politicians like to date but [...]

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Sun-Times Business Editor Pitches ‘Open Mind’ To Competing Tribune Reporters … and 200 Others

It’s not the pitch itself that makes this newsworthy. Nor are the “pitchees” here what deserves comment. Reporters get pitches all the time. Daily, hourly even. Pitches are, after all, a reporter’s bread and butter, notwithstanding their complaints about getting [...]

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