The Columbia Journalism Review is asking more than 400 media outlets to join in on a project that seeks to prioritize coverage of alleged “global warming” instead of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as reported by the Daily Caller.
The project is referred to as “Covering Climate Now,” and among its extensive network of outlets are Reuters, Bloomberg, and the Daily Beast. Although originally founded in 2019, one of the project’s founders, Mark Hertsgard, recently released a statement declaring that the project and “global warming” should receive more coverage than the pandemic that has killed over 100,000 people worldwide, and brought the global economy and international travel to a complete standstill.
Hertsgard complained that “stories on other subjects have all but disappeared, and some newsrooms have halted production on non-coronavirus stories altogether. While this is understandable given the scope of the COVID-19 threat, it is bizarre that the climate crisis has never been accorded comparable importance,” since, he claims without evidence, “it too stands to upend, impoverish, and even end the lives of countless people the world over.”
Among the mainstream publications that are not joining CJR’s project are the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. BuzzFeed had originally signed on last year, but has since withdrawn from the project.