This week, conservative news group Breitbart came under fire for allegedly misrepresenting a video on climate change created by political oversight powerhouse (((The Weather Channel))). The article in question, citing a video on El Nino, suggests that recent trends in global temperatures could be attributed to the storm rather than just human actions. Naturally, The Weather Channel responded with the liberal snarky smugness we’ve all come to loathe:
To our friends at Breitbart: The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call. We’re here for you.
Folks, this is just the latest in a long line of fake news plaguing the minds of innocent consumers. And it’s finally come to this: fake weather.
I find it ironic that The Weather Channel is offering advice on “fact checking” because for years, they’ve been peddling inaccurate (and often completely false) “predictions” about the weather. Their self-proclaimed analysis frequently lacks any credible sources and has been proven wrong at times. What’s more, their broadcasts have been shown to differ wildly based on the location of the people they wish to control.
This is why I’m calling for a boycott of The “Weather” Channel. Their false reporting impacts millions of people every day who rely on them to be informed about what to wear. We need sites like Google and Facebook to help curb the spread of fake weather by removing links to reports from The Weather Channel in favor of more trustworthy sources like AccuWeather. Then we can be sure that everyone hears the same forecast, without any unnecessary influential variation. This is an important resource for people who lack the ability to assess the weather on their own.
But it’s just as much our job to help prevent the spread of fake weather beyond the extremist safe harbor of The Weather Channel. Here’s some tips to help you figure out if you’ve been a victim of fake weather:
- Is it from The Weather Channel? The Weather Channel are known liars, harvesting your clicks for ad revenue. Avoid weather reporting from them.
- Check outside. If the weather outside matches the weather you heard about, it’s probably reliable.
- Become psychic. Weather is the reporting of the future. This makes it difficult to accurately predict yourself unless you are psychic. This is unlike regular news, which covers events in the past and can thus be easily verified by anyone.
- Dress in layers. This is the safest bet to protect yourself from fake weather. If you dress in extra layers, you can always just take some off if it’s too hot.
Hopefully these tips can help you be an informed person navigating the outside world. Bundle up, my little centipedes, it’s going to be cold out there.
OR IS IT?