Sucked Into the Polar Vortex

Friday, January 10, 2014

Transcript

Last week brought subzero temperatures to much of the United States. There was no escaping the cold, or the media’s hysterical weather reporting. Bob speaks with Andrew Revkin, writer of the Dot Earth blog for the New York Times, about the media’s dramatics when reporting on weather events.

Guests:

Andrew Revkin

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [2]

AlexJ from Portland, OR

It seems that more people these days are so polarized that they either tend to be true believers or dedicated contrarians/naysayers. Relatively few take a truly scientific approach to stories like the polar vortex (and the early inquiry into whether or not Arctic change can influence it's southward excursion). And some of those who do are still prone to misinterpreting the science, or even seeming to play the controversy by presenting reasonable analysis on one hand and downplaying any sense of urgency on the other.

It's an odd media landscape out there, in which people either want to make everything about climate change (when weather is a 'confluence' of macro-level trends and regional dynamics), or to deny the inconvenient, or to accept the basic science while appearing to carry water for those wanting to faithfully bet the farm on future technological advancement.

Jan. 12 2014 03:06 PM
Robert from New York

Thank you, OTM, for your forthright guest who slammed a certain weather purveyor's unilateral naming of storms for the foolishness that it is. I have enthusiastically boycotted the Weather Channel and its website (Accuweather.com is every bit as good, without the nonsense!!) ever since the storm "naming" began. I can't help wondering, in fact, whether some something more sinister was going on, such as money changing hands, when TWC perpetrated one of its recent storm namings. Not long after I heard a media lemming refer to a certain storm by the H name, there suddenly was a commercial for a movie, now playing, whose title character was ... guess who. The name begins with an H. It raises a legitimate question ... is the self-promotional naming of these storms not just foolish and annoying, but also corrupt??????

Jan. 12 2014 11:05 AM

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