The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418 Message #3213104
Posted By: gnu
26-Aug-11 - 02:42 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I wrote a god damned letter (Canuck joke) to the editor of our local. I just got a call asking me if I really want them to print it(it more or less calls the newsapaper intentionally inaccurate by implying things about hurricane Irene that they could have easily known to be false so that they can sell more papers... it says they are greedy and I am disgusted and they should be ashamed of themselves for scaring the elderly... blah, blah, blah).
I said, "Roll the presses." I shall stay at cane's length from Mum if and when they print it.
If ya care... here it is...
I was extremely upset upon reading the following in your front page 2011.08.25 article re hurricane Irene. "Forecasters' predictions are changing daily, however, as hurricanes are notoriously fickle. On one thing they agree, and that is the possibility that Irene could grow into a Category 4 hurricane, meaning winds around 217 km/h (135 mph), and rain of an intensity that is rarely seen in New Brunswick - not to mention storm surges that have become all too common along coastal New Brunswick in recent years."
Several of my elderly friends interpreted this as saying we are to experience 217 kph winds and torrential rain. Before this article was written, the Canadian Hurricane Centre had predicted winds of less than half of those implied by the article and the prediction has been lessened since. Rainfall predictions are yet to come.
I attempted to allay their fears by printing the hurricane track map available on the Environment Canada website and giving it to them along with an explanation. Some are still worried as they trust your newspaper to provide them with accurate information.
Unfortunately, accurate reporting of readily accessible information regarding the weather appears to play second fiddle (on TV and radio as well) to sensationalizing the actual situation in order to sell newspapers (and advertising air time). Some may salute you for your business acumen. I think it's disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Your financial gain in selling a few extra newspapers does not warrant this kind of greedy transgression in scaring people who trust the media to report accurately.
IF your goal is to educate people about emergency preparedness, perhaps you could do it without scaring the elderly? PLEASE??? You might be elderly some day. You may want to be treated with some respect by being told the truth instead of being "sensationalized to".