I have two reactions to Bezos’s space travel: First, I think it’s an obscene example of the inequality of rich Americans. Forty percent of American families would be pressured to write a check for $ 400, while a couple of men are so wealthy they can have their own space programs. Second, it provides irrefutable data showing that the media simply do not understand the implications of climate change or do not want to lose the advertising revenue of the corporations that are creating climate change.
News transmission networks are notoriously bad to cover the climate crisis, dedicating an ever smaller amount of airtime – year after year – to the grave existential threat despite the many potential stories they might be telling about it.
Their neglect of the climate crisis is clearly shown in a new statistic: according to The media matter to America, morning TV shows it was almost as long about Jeff Bezos’ space launch on July 20, 2021 as they did about the climate crisis throughout 2020.
The morning shows on the broadcast networks combined spent 212 minutes covering Bezos’s space travel on Tuesday alone, Media matters the researchers found. Meanwhile, for the entirety of last year, shows spent a combined 267 minutes on the climate crisis.
Bezos’s space travel was 11 minutes long. On the contrary, the climate crisis has been ongoing for decades and threatens the fabric of our society and the continued existence of our species on a daily basis, if it continues unabated.
Also, Bezos’s trip to space was largely a PR stunt, intended to generate excitement around the billionaire and his space company at the same time as he buys flattering cover Of the media. It comes in a moment …