Fake Weather?

There is an interesting article in the Chicago Tribune about the right-wing media.

You know how the right (including Donald Trump) have been claiming that climate change is “fake news”. Now that the US is being battered by severe storms, fed by increased ocean temperatures, they might have some ‘splaining” to do, but they are just doubling down on their claims.

Rush Limbaugh is claiming that the media is purposely trying to make the storms sound worse than they really are, in an effort to push their liberal agenda. Limbaugh says:

you have people in all of these government areas who believe man is causing climate change, and they’re hellbent on proving it, they’re hellbent on demonstrating it, they’re hellbent on persuading people of it. … hurricanes are always forecast to hit major population centers because, after all, major population centers is where the major damage will take place and where we can demonstrate that these things are getting bigger and they’re getting more frequent and they’re getting worse — all because of climate change.

Limbaugh also says that local media exaggerate the danger from storms in order to get advertising dollars from local stores. The stores benefit as people stock up with storm supplies like water and batteries.

Infowars founder Alex Jones takes it one step further. He claims that the government actually manipulates the weather. Just last week Jones was talking about Hurricane Harvey battering Texas, and was questioning why the government didn’t “use the technologies to kill [the storm] out in the gulf.” Jones’s contention is that the government — or, more precisely, the “deep state,” now that Trump is president — uses its “weather weapon” to stoke fear of climate change and promote a liberal agenda.

Meanwhile, Limbaugh, who lives in Palm Beach, is evacuating. But what happens to the suckers who listen to him and Jones and don’t take these storms seriously?

Also published on Medium.

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