Fact Check: CNN, New York Times Asked Zero Questions About Climate Change

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CLAIM: CNN and the New York Times failed to ask a single question about climate change during the fourth Democrat debate on Tuesday evening.

VERDICT: True. Though CNN held a separate town hall on the subject, the moderators never brought up the issue during the debate, enraging left-wing critics on social media.

Washington State governor Jay Inslee — who bowed out of the presidential race after focusing his campaign almost exclusively on the issue of climate change — took moderators to task on Tuesday evening for failing to ask a single question about climate change.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY), who once praised Inslee’s climate change plan as the “gold standard,” retweeted the latter tweet.

Among the candidates, a few mentioned the issue of climate change — notably, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer, appearing onstage for the first time.

But the moderators never raised the issue. CNN might argue that it devoted a seven-hour town hall to the subject, but for Democrats who believe climate change is an urgent world-ending crisis, that is not enough.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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