is there an "Alan Crone" in your life??
Sometimes I write little essays on things that catch my attention. This one
has been brewing in the back of my mind for a while.
is there an "Alan Crone" in your life?
Yeah, that's a weird question.
Weird to some of you because you are asking yourselves "who the blazes is
Weird to others because you are asking yourselves "what's this about Alan
Just bare with me and I promise to explain the whole thing.
Alan Crone, for those of you who don't know, was the chief meteorologist for
KXII, Channel 12. Hundreds of thousands of TV viewers tuned into his weather
forecasts every day.
He is in every sense of the word, the consummate "weather man." He could
speak for five minutes at a time without a stutter or an inappropriate
pause. He never got flustered and it was a rare occasion when we would see
him off his game.
He moved to Tulsa to go to work for another television station.
During Alan Crone's career at KXII, I heard the following conversation or
versions of it on a frequent basis.
"So Alan," the news anchor would say "why haven't you sent us some rain?"
"So Alan," she might say, "you're in the doghouse with me because its
entirely too hot and we're expecting you to do something about it."
You know the way it goes- I bet you've heard other "talking heads" give
weather forecasters a hard time.
I bet now you are thinking "Yes, I do have an Alan Crone in my life."
I bet you've seen your forecasters addressed with accusatory statements. I
bet you've even gotten mad at a forecaster or two. We all have.
This wouldn't be so bad except for one thing.
Meteorology is a science and not a very exact science at that. Mother Nature
is quite unpredictable and She has made fools of many people.
We know that the forecasters are making educated guesses and nothing more.
But what about the news anchors?
They're dealing with hard facts, with tangible data. They're dealing with
real or material issues and yet.they continually get it wrong over ninety
percent of the time.
No story is ever told truthfully, no story is ever really told in an
objective manner (tone of voice tells us what side the commentator is on).
Talking heads will play it safe and work hard not to offend the audiences.
They'll be very politically correct, they'll gag at gnats and swallow
camels. They'll usually let the truth slip away from them while they chase
phantoms and ghosts.
They deal in the realm of "shock value."
They run over each other to get the "inside scoop."
And yet they rarely report what they really learn. Why that would be "bad
reporting." The truth is usually never as controversial as a lie.
My question is: why aren't we mad at these reporters?
Why are we mad at a man or woman who guesses about weather conditions?
Why aren't we really angry with those who knowingly and deliberately tell
lies to boost ratings?
I am waiting for the day that I hear this conversation:
"So Mr. Weatherman, what happened to that snow?"
"Well Miss anchorwoman, what happened to the truth? I can't outguess God.
What about you? Where's the truth? I know I'm going to be wrong a lot of the
time but I expect you to be right because you can be."
One day my brother picked up a copy of our local paper. He said "this paper
can't have the truth in it. It's too light. It ain't heavy enough."
Soon the Savior will come and truth and sincerity will reign for all
eternity. An event that will, unfortunately, not be much of a news story in
the secular world.
God bless the sheep and cleanse the goats? Amen or Oh Me.