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  •  TV weatherman are idiots (6+ / 0-)

    That's why they can be played by the likes of Kelly Bundy, Dale's wife on King of the Hill, Steve Martin, or the Nicole Kidman character in To Die For in a most believable way.

    Further, something like 29 or 39% of them don't "believe" in global climate change.

    •  I remember hearing somewhere (7+ / 0-)

      That "meteorologists", the weathermen, are much more likely to be AGW deniers, whereas climatologists are overwhelmingly supportive of the actual science. I wonder how much of that has to do with advertising on the local news.

      •  It could be advertising, although (4+ / 0-)
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        jabbausaf, SuWho, PhilJD, ozsea1

        I'm sticking with my original premise (the idiot one); in any event here are some stats:

        As you might gather from its name, the Center would be happy with that number if weathercasters also generally believed in climate change -- specifically, anthropogenically-caused global warming. But for the most part, they don't. Another majority, 63 percent, told George Mason that global warming mostly stems from natural causes, while 27 percent called the entire theory of global warming a "scam".

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        •  That damned 27% again (1+ / 0-)
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          rhubarb

          There's no convincing them of anything.

        •  Actual George Mason Study Is a Bit More Optimistic (1+ / 0-)
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          antirove

          than the linked story (and your comments) would make it appear:

          ...More than half of our respondent (54%) indicated that global warming is happening, 25% indicated it isn’t, and 21% say they don’t know yet. About one-third (31%) reported that global warming is caused mostly by human activities, while almost two-thirds (63%) reported it is caused mostly by natural changes in the environment. Half indicated that they have thought “a lot” about global warming, and a large majority said they are fairly or very well informed about the causes of global warming (93%), the consequences of global warming (89%), and the ways to reduce global warming (86%)—numbers that are much higher than public responses to the same questions. Over half of weathercasters indicated that humans could reduce global warming (58%), and that the U.S. should reduce greenhouse gas emissions regardless of what other countries do (63%). Almost half (47%) felt they needed some or a lot more information before forming a firm opinion about global warming, and almost one-third (30%) said they could easily change their mind about global warming. Just over one quarter (27%) agreed with the statement by a prominent TV weathercaster: “global warming is a scam.”

          http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/..._(March_2010).pdf

          The time has come to put the "Occ" in "DemOCCracy". Support (or create) the "Occupy" movement near you. Ordinary Citizens Count in this extraordinary Democcracy.

          by Into The Woods on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 07:12:25 PM PST

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      •  Kind of a RW Myth. Weather Broadcasters (3+ / 0-)
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        ozsea1, mightymouse, adrianrf

        are not really that much in the 'denier' camp.  

        It may only be one poll, but it probably trumps "heard it somewhere".  

        Twice as many believe climate change is happening than don't.

        Over half believe humans could reduce global warming.

        Nearly 2/3 believe the US should take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions regardless of what other coutnries do.

        A significant number don't speak out because they fear for their job or just think it's not part of their job to take on that issue (and expose themselves to all the garbage that comes their way if they do speak out.)

        The time has come to put the "Occ" in "DemOCCracy". Support (or create) the "Occupy" movement near you. Ordinary Citizens Count in this extraordinary Democcracy.

        by Into The Woods on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 07:04:58 PM PST

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    •  If you're referring to the Anchorman movie, (2+ / 0-)
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      NearlyNormal, ozsea1

      with Christina Applegate, perhaps you weren't paying attention to her character and being just as blind as Ron Burgundy was.  She was the smart, investigative journalist who had designs on being taken for a serious newswoman rather than being the bimbo Ron and the rest of them expected.

      I've always admired the smarts Christina has shown with her characters, though Kelly Bundy was only occasionally able to connect two thoughts together.  Her roles in Anchorman and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead showed she's got a good head on her shoulders.

      Don't be dissing my girl!

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