Fox News uses dubious weather forecast from Farmers’ Almanac to scoff at global warming
The folks at Fox News Channel will resort to almost anything if they think it’s going to cast doubts among their gullible viewers about mainstream scientific theories regarding man-made global warming.
And, of course, it’s all the better if the source of such doubts is a medium that matches up well with FNC’s generally older viewing audience — y’know, something like the Farmer’s Almanac.
HERE‘s the story:
Fox News seized on a cold winter forecast from the Farmers’ Almanac to mock global warming. But meteorologists say the periodical, whose prediction has been hyped by many in the media, is “like the Ouija board of weather.”
Fox News, along with some other conservative media outlets, used the publication’s prediction to cast doubt on global warming.
Even if the publication’s predictions were accurate, it would do nothing to contradict the long-term trend of warmer global temperatures, including warmer winters in the U.S.
Yet more remarkable than Fox’s annual mockery of global warming is that its source essentially gives out the horoscopes of the weather world. Farmers’ Almanac broadcasts vague predictions based on a “secret formula” of “tides, astronomical events” and other factors known only to their pseudonymous weatherman Caleb Weatherbee. It then declares itself correct 80 percent of the time — apparently based on its readers’ assessments, as the outlet has not done any actual analysis. Due to this, a Fox News meteorologist previously said she was “weary” of Almanac forecasts.
Yet now the channel is hyping a prediction that The Washington Post Chief Meteorologist Jason Samenow called “outrageous” and “baseless,” concluding that “only a fool would take them seriously.”
(NOTE: This post was first published with an image of the Old Farmer’s Almanac at the top. The image has been changed to show the Farmers’ Almanac, which is a different, although similar, publication.)