The local media wasteland on information about the Green New Deal
My hunch is that a lot people who live in the Ohio Valley know very little about the Green New Deal. Especially if we depend upon local media, we are most-likely uninformed or ill-informed.
As for the local television stations' coverage: I cannot recall ever seeing either of our local television stations attempting to explain even the most basic tenets of the proposal. And their coverage is not just a failure to inform: their news segments often feature unquestioned attacks on the proposal with no corresponding response by its supporters. Local WTRF, for example, has provided free air time to local representatives to attack the idea without any balance. See for example:
“Unworkable, unaccountable, unaffordable”; Senator Capito weights in on Green New Deal
(Additionally, see most of Representative David McKinley's free airtime segments.)
As for WTOV, I could not find any straight news stories about the subject on a site search but I did find Green's proponents serving as regular targets for attacks by Sinclair Broadcasting's far right news commentators. For example, here's Boris Epshteyn attacking them and the Green New Deal in one of his must-carry commentaries:
BOTTOM LINE: AOC and the 'Squad' may be the Democrats' worst enemies heading into 2020
Switching mediums, the Wheeling "newspapers" have made no attempt to inform and explain; this despite the availability of numerous enlightening stories by the Associated Press throughout 2019. (See, for example, this one when it was originally proposed.) Instead of informing its readership about what the Green New Deal includes, Ogden papers attack the proposal and its advocates as an ongoing feature of its editorial pages.
An excellent video from Vox
Here's a video from online news site Vox that explains the proposal without unfairly attacking it or its proponents. While it includes criticisms (what happens to coal miners?), it also lays out the important role that the proposal might play in reducing climate change.
If you read Vox, you're aware of its efforts to educate the public on climate change. I also consider Vox environment reporter David Roberts to be one of the best in the business. This video is a good start.
Climate change needs to become a more important factor in the Democratic presidential sweepstakes beyond candidate Jay Inslee who has made it his key issue. The more I read, the more I believe that we are running out of time to save the planet.