Thursday, September 22, 2005

Sometimes it Bites them...

Readers of this blog will recall my comments earlier about Idaho TV weatherman Scott Stevens who's screwball theories about the origins of Hurricane Katrina were presented as scientific fact on his daily evening broadcasts.

Stevens told viewers the storm was caused by Japanese gangster using a weather machine built in the former Soviet Union in the 1970s. Stevens airing of an off-the-wall conspiracy theory matches in ther weirdness category claims by evangelicals who said the storm was God's wrath for immoral human behavior. What's relevant for us on both counts is the way conspiracy theories have found their way into the mainstream of news

Today the Idaho Falls Post Register reports, without a trace of irony, that Stevens is leaving KPVI-TV in Pocatello. His last day broadcast is scheduled for this evening (Thursday 9/22).

"KPVI weatherman Scott Stevens will give his final forecast during Thursday's evening news. He asked to be released from his contract early to spend more time pursuing and promoting his alternative weather theories," said KPVI General Manager Bill Fouch.

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