Evaluating media reporting on global climate change


The following Youtube video is a clip from CNN's Crossfire, a news media show that debates topics in the news (rather than simply reporting the facts). Watch the video clip, paying particular attention to the language used to discuss climate change and climate scientists, the responses provided by science ambassador Bill Nye, and the host's use of statistics to support her point.

Video: Climate Change in the Media

Create a short (3 to 4 paragraph) essay evaluating the media's reporting on Global Climate Change using this video as your example.

What pitfalls can you identify with this approach to reporting science in the media?

Review your Statistics in the Media assignment to refresh your memory about the proper interpretation of statistics and the What is Science video in Connect to refresh your memory about some common pitfalls when science is reported in the popular media.

For this essay, each paragraph should average 4 to 5 full sentences.

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