Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Do Local Television Weather Crews Inflate Numbers to Draw Viewers?

CNN meteorologist Chad Myers took some heat (ironically) for saying that news directors at local stations will sometimes tell their weather crews to make forecasts sound more ominous, especially during times of potentially severe storms like this past weekend.

"Hey, bump up your numbers a little bit," he said during a live report this weekend, referring to what his former news directors told him. "Make it sound more juicy."

On twitter, many meteorologists denied that that happens. An informal poll by TVSpy reveals that around 1/3 of voters said that their news directors did give such orders.

Who do you believe? Do you trust your local TV news?

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