Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Media sensationalism 

Reuters headline: NOAA Expects Above Normal 2004 Hurricane Season

Got that? "Expects." Now, the first paragraph of the article:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There is a 50 percent probability that the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season will have above-normal activity, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) said in its outlook. (Emphasis mine)
So doesn't that mean there's an equal chance that the season will not have above-normal hurricane activity? Just asking.

But if something about the weather gets deceptively framed, what other, more important news gets the same treatment?
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