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NBC's Chuck Todd: Climate Change Deniers Not Welcome on 'Meet the Press'

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By    |   Sunday, 30 December 2018 02:09 PM

Unabashedly focusing on a single topic – and a single side of it – NBC's "Meet the Press" did not attempt to hide its opinion on humans' blame for climate change during a one-hour special on the climate crisis.

"We're not going to debate climate change, the existence of it," host Chuck Todd said, opening the show. "The Earth is getting hotter, and human activity is a major cause, period."

Todd did not have time during the hour show for those who are rebuked as "climate deniers," presenting just the favored media narrative in the climate-change debate. Also, Todd's show celebrated its rejection of scientific reality the Earth's climate had changed well before humans were around to impact it; instead, Todd presented that "the science is settled."

"We're not going to give time to climate deniers," Todd added in the open. "The science is settled, even if political opinion is not."

Todd also presented "we're not going to confuse weather with climate – a heat wave is no more evidence climate change exists than a blizzard means that it doesn't."

That came seconds after the show opened with news clips of weather events with droughts and wild fires juxtaposition to reports of heavy rains, hurricanes, and flooding.

Despite the admission "political opinion is not" settled on the cause of climate change, without worry, Todd introduced a panel discussion to share their one-sided climate-change discussion, including a number of Obama administration officials.

Todd did acknowledge the administration's reports and position on climate change – "the federal response to the climate crisis has been political paralysis and denial" – and polls showing public divide but the show did not bring anyone from the White House or the public to talk about it.

There was an appearance by retiring Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., who advocated for addressing the effects of climate change vs. debating it. 

"We need to stop covering the debate and start covering the story, so that people see that this is real, and so that politicians take a more-pragmatic approach and find solutions that are actually achievable," Rep. Curbelo said.

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Unabashedly focusing on a single topic - and a single side of it - NBC's "Meet the Press" did not attempt to hide its opinion on humans' blame for climate change during a one-hour special on the climate crisis."
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