29 Jun '12, 4pm

The news pays almost 50 times more attention to Kardashians than to ocean acidification

The news pays almost 50 times more attention to Kardashians than to ocean acidification

It’s probably not a huge surprise that ocean acidification, a carbon-induced chemical change that poses a huge threat to sea life, gets way less media coverage than the Kardashians, a family of prancing ninnies that poses a huge threat to intellectual life. But Media Matters has quantified just how much the coverage differs , and it’s pretty sobering. Between January 1, 2011 and June 26, 2012, the Kardashians were mentioned 25 times more often than ocean acidification in newspapers, and a staggering 270 times more often on TV. In total, that’s almost a 50-fold lead for shapely ladies over environmental threats. Although when you put it that way, it’s not too surprising. This isn’t even because the media is ridiculously Kardashian-saturated, although it is. Okay, so the family got 1,080 mentions on TV in a 17-month period; what else are they going to do? Getting mentioned o...

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