Senate Vote On Green New Deal

Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post


We ran the numbers: There are 355 news articles covering this topic. 25% (89) are left leaning, 46% (162) center, 29% (104) right leaning.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted on the Green New Deal, a proposed law which has been backed by a number of prominent Democrat politicians. The legislation failed in a procedural vote, as 57 senators voted “against” and 43 senators voted “present.” Democrats responded to coverage of the failed vote by arguing that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved the vote too quickly as an act of “political theater.”

Articles from left-leaning news sites were more likely to include general arguments for climate change policy. The Washington Post, for example, ran a political analysis piece titled “Ocasio-Cortez’s righteous — and accurate — anger about poverty and the environment.” Many of these articles also included embedded tweets from and video of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez discussing the Green New Deal.

Articles from right-leaning news sites were more likely to focus on what the failed Senate vote implies about divisions within the Democratic Party, with a focus on the upcoming 2020 presidential race. One Fox News piece, for example, featured quotations from Democratic politicians who oppose the Green New Deal, like Sen. Joe Manchin and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper who is running for president. Conservative online publication Townhall ran a piece titled “MSNBC's Katy Tur Presses Dem Sen. Mazie Hirono on Not Voting For Green New Deal: 'Why Not Take a Stand And Vote Yes?’”

A recent Time Magazine cover story dubbed Ocasio-Cortez “the second most talked-about politician in America.”