Elite-driven communications can significantly impact public opinion, primarily through exposure to elite discourse via the media. Research has shown the media has a tremendous influence on American’s political behavior. Additionally, the media has also influenced the voting behavior of politicians as well as the way those politicians interact with the American public.
President Obama has repeatedly declared climate change the greatest threat to future generations. The Paris Agreement, historic international legislation to curb climate change, has just come into force in record time. Concerns regarding climate change among the American public are at an all-time high. How has the media influenced public perceptions of climate change and movement towards legislation to affect the threat?
This sweeping history, summary and review of “The Effects of Network and Cable TV News Viewing on Climate Change Opinion, Knowledge, and Behavior” provides some clues and potential future directions.