This is pretty disturbing stuff. The Weather Channel in the USA feels obliged to indulge in a form of self-censorship in order to avoid alienating much of their audience.
Yet in all the nonstop coverage there was no mention of climate change and its role in creating extreme weather not at the morning meeting, and not at other planning sessions throughout the day.
With a major storm on the way, the focus was understandably on the latest forecast and how residents should prepare. Yet the omission reflects the networks delicate balancing act. Though there is no debate among Weather Channel executives and meteorologists about man-made global warming, they are wary of alienating their core audience, which leans right.I believe in climate change, and I believe its man-made, said Dave Shull, the companys chief executive and a Republican, who spent much of Friday in the newsroom. But Im not a big fan of the term. Its been politicized.