TV Networks Fail to Report True Mission of Stranded Ship

By  //  January 3, 2014

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TV Networks Omit Crew's Mission to Research Global Warming

antarctic-ship-180 The Akademik Shokalskiy made international headlines when it became stuck in arctic ice. Today, a rescue vessel from China became stuck during its attempt to reach  Akademik Shokalskiy.

While the ship has been mentioned on news sites throughout the world, a study by claims that 40 of 41 stories on network television failed to report the crew’s mission. Below is an excerpt from the article: Frozen Out: 98% of Stories Ignore That Ice-bound Ship Was On Global Warming Mission

“A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast networks’ reports about the ice-locked climate researchers never mentioned climate change.

The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to do with the expedition.

In fact, rather than point out the mission was to find evidence of climate change, the networks often referred to the stranded people as “passengers,” “trackers” and even “tourists,” without a word about climate change or global warming.