My latest post on The Nation is up, asking: Will the media give McCain a free ride on climate?
I know there’s a sense out there that because McCain is relatively sane on climate, this race might pose the opportunity to have a serious discussion of the issue. But my fear is the opposite: that because the candidates (seem to) agree on the issue, the media will ignore it, focusing instead on areas where there’s controversy.
That’s basically what happened in 2000, as my post points out. Will it happen again? If there’s a difference, it’s that this year, unlike in 2000, there’s an online community that’s energized on the climate issue. (Blogs change everything!©) Should be interesting to watch.
(I was on Laura Flanders’ Air America radio show making the same point today — I’ll put a link up when I have one.)