Cable news coverage of the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA ruling was mixed


Media Matters searched transcripts in the SnapStream video database for all original programs on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC for the term “court” in close proximity to any of the terms “EPA,” “greenhouse,” or “carbon,” or other variation of any of the terms “Environment” or “Emission” from June 30, 2022 to July 4, 2022.

We timed segments that we defined as instances when the West Virginia vs. EPA decision was the specified discussion topic or when two or more speakers in an omnibus segment were discussing the decision with each other.

We then determined whether a speaker in the identified segments also spoke of the fossil fuel industry or any of the demographic or socioeconomic terms “White”, “Black”, “African American”, “Native American”, “Alaska Native”, “Latino, “Hispanic,” “Indigenous,” “low-income,” “poor,” or “immigrant.”

We did not include teasers, which we defined as instances where the host or presenter promoted a segment about the decision to be aired later in the show, or passing mentions, which we defined as instances where a a single speaker mentioned the decision without anyone else taking part in the comment. We also did not include headline reports, which we defined as instances where a presenter, presenter or correspondent read news highlights on a range of subjects. We have rounded all times to the nearest minute.


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