My 2 Cents: Who Has Credibility?

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, 12:01 am
By: News 9

Kelly Ogle, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- I got an e-mail that set me to thinking. It came after a dire warning was issued by a spokesman for the National Weather Service that if their budget was cut as projected people would die.

 Mary wrote:

"I'll believe it when I see it. Gary says 'People will die' we all believe and get underground. So, who has more credibility here?"

-Mary, OKC

Unfortunately, credibility seems to be no longer required. The more outlandish the prediction, the more publicity it gets, and yes, I realize we're playing into that.

I scratched my head just the other day on a story we aired about the damage solar flares can do to our personal electronics.

Try turning your broken iPhone back into the dealer with the explanation that another one of those pesky solar flares took it out.

Most of the time these claims can be traced back to organizations or individuals that have a monetary interest in raising the alarm.

By the way, I see tonight that a government scientist in the UK is worried about the solar flares again.

He warns of a ferocious space storm causing a global Katrina with power outages lasting for months... wonder how much research money he needs?

By the way... you might want to wrap your house in tin foil.

I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents.