Media Irresponsibility leads to Unnecessary Panic

Posted by on Sunday, January 10, 2016

We all do it because it is important. Getting our daily dose of news. We take what is in the news as absolutely factual. But is it really?

Well it varies from company to company. But when the topic is the weather, it really gets people talking.

When it comes to news companies they want you to click the link you see on social media. We all do it and it is called "clickbait". Clickbait is actually defined as, "(on the Internet) content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page."

That's just the business, but when the title is completely false or misleading that's morally wrong and well causes people to freak out.

Everywhere you look you see headlines using words such as "Unusual, Historic, Unprecedented." You name it, if the word evokes panic you will see it to describe the weather.

That's not to say that some storms are in abnormal but not every storm is an apocalyptic event.

The second thing that causes panic is news stories about the weather that is simply false. It is not uncommon to see a news story about an impending storm this is written by a journalist rather than a professional. You can read some news stories about the weather that raises more questions then it answers from geography to science it takes a professional to get the facts out without those fancy terror words from a thesaurus.

As a result of misleading stories we get to say the weatherman is wrong, when it fact the weatherman had no part in the story.

Some Weather Facts You Didn't Know
  • Environment Canada is the only agency in Canada allowed to issue weather watches, warnings, and advisories.
  • Most weather forecasts on News sites come from Environment Canada.
  • Analysis from Punditfact shows that as much as 60% of "facts" on some news agencies in the United States are actually lies.



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