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Florida-based radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh angered many as Hurricane Irma approached by suggesting the media was trying to scare people in order to hype a climate change agenda and to spur bottled water sales.
As it turns out, Limbaugh was well within his rights to question the motivations of some in the media and the various weather services with regard to Irma and Hurricane “forecasts,” and Hurricane “hype”, reports Foundation of Economic Education (FEE).
Douglas - MacKinnon - FEE
Douglas MacKinnon of FEE explained:
Irma did put millions of people at risk on both coasts and should have been taken very seriously. All the more reasons not to guess, pretend, or lecture.
Forecasters - Pundits - Economists - Deal - Guesswork
In the past, I have equated weather “forecasters” to political pundits and economists. They all factor a great deal of guesswork into their predictions with the weather forecasters often coming up a poor third in terms of accuracy.
A number of years ago, I sat down with the general manager of a major television news station. He told me that in their own survey, viewers tuned in for “weather first, sports second, and news last.” Therefore he stressed, weather forecasters were the “cash cow” of the station.
Television - Weather - Forecasting - Sham - Decades
He further explained that much of television weather forecasting was a “sham.” He said that decades ago, they would give a “one-day” forecast. But then Station B across town went to a “two-day” forecast. So then they countered with a “three-day” forecast,” until everyone went to the “useless seven-day” forecasts.
He emphasized that it was all done for reasons of competition and ratings and that with a “seven-day” forecast, the station and the networks were playing viewers for “fools,” because they normally “couldn’t even get the forecast for tomorrow correct.”
Rush - Limbaugh - Left - Use - Hurricanes
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