Erik Wemple, the Washington Post‘s media critic, calls out Fox News’s Jon Scott for not lumping gay rights and climate change into what the anchor described as “the really pressing issues of our time”:
Call it a victory for consistency: All week long, Fox News commentators were faulting the president for failing to make the deficit and the national debt central themes of his inaugural presentation. It’s a solid line of thinking. Excessive debt, after all, is a burden that’ll victimize future generations of Americans.
Kinda like climate change, come to think of it. Who’s to say that the prospect of floods and droughts, of extinct species and swollen seas, of displaced peoples and monster hurricanes, doesn’t qualify as a really pressing issue of our time?
On the show Fox News Watch this weekend, Scott said President Obama‘s Inaugural address was heavy on gay rights and climate change but light on “the really pressing issues of our time.”
Scott, however, was in sync with the what most Americans, whether right or wrong, do consider “really pressing.” A Pew survey published last week proves it…
Asked to name what the “top priority” of Obama’s second-term agenda should be, the top three named by most Americans were “strengthening the economy,” “improving job situation,” and “reducing budget deficit.”
At the very bottom of the list: “Dealing with global warming (climate change).” Twenty-eight percent said that should be a top priority. Gay rights wasn’t even listed on the survey.