Accuracy in Media

CBS presented liberal climate change propaganda as irrefutable fact on the season opener of “Madam Secretary,” a political drama about a fictional Secretary of State.

During the episode, entitled “Sea Change,” the Secretary says about climate change that: “It’s not a matter of belief. Based on the consensus in the scientific community I am convinced it’s a significant issue that needs to be addressed.”

The discussion of climate change during the episode revolves around a powerful storm that damaged a U.S. naval base in Bahrain. An ensign dies as a result of his effort to allow others to escape a vessel during the storm. The President on the TV show declares that the ensign perished “ … because of a willful denial of reality by many in Washington and in my own party … and that reality is climate change: the extreme weather patterns and rising sea levels around the world.”

The TV President continues, warning: “Because we remain in denial about that, our naval bases around the globe remain unsafe and our military men and women who occupy them remain at unnecessary risk. This scientifically proven reality will continue to be a grave threat to both military and civilian populations everywhere until we take serious and specific action to address it.”

In another scene, a character states, “All along DOD has been clear that climate change is one of the biggest looming threats to forces overseas because they actually have to prepare for reality. But the party’s deluded stance on the issue has prevented them from doing anything about it.”

CBS’s use of a fictional television program to propagate environmental evangelism demonstrates that bias in the media industry extends beyond the newsroom.

Alex Nitzberg is an intern at the American Journalism Center at Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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