- We have more than enough suspicion and distrust in this nation as it is.
- We have enough problems getting people to act effectively in storm warnings when they think we are telling the truth!
- If it becomes general opinion that meteorologists -- or anyone in authority when it comes to storm warnings -- are no longer telling the truth, we can kiss the effectiveness of the storm warning program goodbye. Keep in mind thousands of lives are saved each year by storm warnings.
- Every meteorologist in the public eye is approached by chem trail conspiracy people, weather control conspiracy people and people who genuinely believe we withhold information about blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, et cetera. What happens when it turns out some of the nuts were right?!
- Finally, third parties are screwing around with my reputation and the reputations of my colleagues. That is immoral and wrong on every level.
For a time, I had a subscription to TM and still read it periodically as we have a son who lives in Dallas. While it has, perhaps, different political learnings than I, I've always thought its journalistic ethics were fine. That opinion just changed.
I hope some senior editors at Texas Monthly will rethink and retract that article.