Friday, November 16, 2012

"You Don’t Need to be a Weatherman..."

What if the reporting of weather becomes politicized? It’s not out of the realm of possibility considering our present day environmental concerns. Let’s say Glenn Beck and Karl Rove get together to form a weather station called Fox News Weather and let’s say on the other side of the fence you have MSNBC Weather. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the Fox News approach to weather would be totally supportive of the industrial growth even if it results in increasing carbon dioxide emissions and the green house effect. Sure there’s climatic change. When it rains it pours might be the mantra of the Fox News Weatherman. Too bad Tex Antoine, the Manhattan newscaster who got booted off the air for suggesting a rape victim ought to "lie back and enjoy it," is no longer around. He would have been a great anchor for Fox Weather, suggesting that we all should merely drink up every time a Sandy comes along and victimizes vulnerable areas of the country. On the other side, MSNBC Weather might find fracking to be the source of all the world’s ills. Fracking and the ingestion of animal fats.  If we didn’t eat meat, we wouldn’t release toxic gases into the atmosphere. "Beans beans the musical fruit the more you eat the more you toot" might be a homily Ed Schultz quotes when he does a guest appearance on MSNBC weather, but it’s what you toot that makes the difference. The smog will disappear from the skies of LA, Chicago and NewYork, according to your jolly MSNBC weatherman, when Americans learn to love Tofurkey.

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