A number of individuals have been killed within the flooding that has drowned vital elements of Nebraska and Iowa, with estimates of the price of the injury already topping $1 billion. The floods might have a broad impact over the long term, too, with some already-struggling farmers in these states now dealing with smash.
However floods aren’t, by themselves, a political story, as such. It’s not as central to the political debate of the second as, say, President Trump’s ongoing disparagement of the late Republican senator John McCain — a disparagement that continued into Trump’s interview with Fox Enterprise’s Maria Bartiromo that aired on Friday morning.
There are actual causes that Trump’s ongoing feud with a useless man is essential to the political second, as The Washington Submit reported on Friday, given the way it overlaps with Trump’s effort to solidify his base forward of the 2020 presidential election. But it surely’s onerous to see it as inherently extra newsworthy than the flooding in Nebraska.
Particularly on condition that the flooding, because the Omaha World-Herald famous earlier this week, bears the fingerprints of local weather change. As a political topic, it’s onerous to beat local weather change, which brings each partisan stress and actual dialogue about coverage and results.
Cable information networks, although, spent extra time on Monday and Tuesday of this week speaking about McCain than Nebraska flooding or local weather change. The truth is, they spent extra time speaking about George Conway’s feud with Trump than both Nebraska or local weather change. (Conway is the husband of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway.)
Not the entire networks gave loads of protection to Conway, thoughts you. Fox Information picked up the McCain story however largely left Conway alone on the outset of this week. (The information accessible run by Tuesday solely.)
Examine that with broadcast information networks, together with ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and PBS. They, too, picked up McCain however, on common, spent extra time speaking about Nebraska and principally ignored Conway.
America’s favourite information supply — newspapers — and wire companies spent extra time on Nebraska and local weather change than both McCain or Conway over the previous week (though the ratio of Nebraska to McCain was in all probability nonetheless a little bit wonky).
America’s favourite supply of stories, in fact, will not be newspapers. Significantly amongst older People, tv remains to be the most well-liked information supply, based on Pew Analysis Heart information. And, based on August 2017 Pew information, native information stations are nonetheless most well-liked to cable networks.