Thursday, July 26, 2007

Fake Story

Reuters today carries a story headlined "Worst of Atlantic Hurricane Season Still to Come."

It starts:

MIAMI (Reuters) - Nearly eight weeks have passed since the last tropical storm in the Atlantic-Caribbean region faded away, but banish any notion the 2007 hurricane season has been unusually slow and beware the coming months, experts say. The peak of the six-month season is just around the corner and forecasters are still predicting a busy one.

No shit. Hurricanes do not normally develop before late July and peak in September.

This is what journalists know as taking a non-newsworthy or obvious fact, and turning it into a "surprising finding" so they have something to turn into their editors that day.

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