On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Fox News is moving ahead with plans to produce its own dedicated weather channel.
"Later this year, Rupert Murdoch is set to debut Fox Weather, a 24-hour streaming channel that promises to do for 7-day forecasts what Fox has done for American politics, financial news and sports," reported Michael Grynbaum. "Amid a waning appetite for political news in the post-Trump era, media executives are realizing that demand for weather updates is ubiquitous — and for an increasing swath of the country, a matter of urgent concern. In the past week alone, temperatures in the Pacific Northwest broke records, wildfires burned in Colorado, and Tropical Storm Elsa strengthened into a hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean."
The news was greeted with mockery from commenters on social media, many of whom anticipated that Fox Weather could carry the signature right-wing bias of national Fox networks. Some noted the irony given Fox has long spread climate denial, and others wondered whether the network would support political alterations of the weather, like when former President Donald Trump infamously changed a hurricane map with a Sharpie.
@blakehounshell FOX Weather Forecasts Red States - Sunny, perfect weather all year round. Blue States - Cold and miserable.— Mark Gray (@Mark Gray) 1625574905.0
Referring to Fox Weather, he added: “How do you address the fact that weather changes are caused to some degree by… https://t.co/Hzh4NF0Lss— Jonathan Lemire (@Jonathan Lemire) 1625577684.0
@MollyJongFast Weather reporting depends largely on the presentation of verifiable facts. Uncharted territory for Fox.— James. (@James.) 1625576043.0
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@blakehounshell Fox Weather will have excellent coverage of Stormfront— Steve Ferra (@Steve Ferra) 1625575575.0
If meteorologists are already wrong most of the time, I’m not sure I see room for more challenges to the truth from… https://t.co/s3I8AvX8f2— Eitan Rude (@Eitan Rude) 1625577757.0
@blakehounshell Tomorrow, expect a 90% chance of ANTIFA storms that will interfere with your Trümp reinstallation plans— Patchouli Ignorance (@Patchouli Ignorance) 1625575234.0
@blakehounshell *fire tornado shooting lightning bolts out of it in the background* "As you can see, the climate i… https://t.co/csAd7DwGUp— James Gordon (@James Gordon) 1625575293.0
finally, a weather channel that tells you the forecast you want to hear https://t.co/YcahmJwWpK— Catherine Rampell (@Catherine Rampell) 1625575128.0
Meanwhile in dystopian facts, apparently Fox News is launching a 24 hour weather channel. Want to bet it'll be a… https://t.co/PUW2EIL96M— Emily Hersh (@Emily Hersh) 1625578220.0