IT’S A CODE BROWN!
There is no truth to the rumor that a 30-foot-high statue of beleaguered nice guy Joe Crain, erstwhile TV meteorologist, has been commissioned for installation outside city hall, but lordy, stranger things have happened. Crain, as folks from coast to coast know, got pulled from the air by Sinclair Broadcasting last week after observing that corporate types are making viewers mad by mandating hyped-up “Code Red” weather alerts that encourage folks to think, in Crain’s words, that feces are about to hit the fan. Well, that certainly has been the case during the past week, thanks in part to CNN, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune – the list, really, does go on and on – and Sinclair should thank its lucky stars that Saturday Night Live’s season is over, lest its Springfield follies end up as a Weekend Update feature. One of the hardest things to do is admit when you’re wrong, and Sinclair geniuses certainly have proved that, first by claiming that weather woes, in fact, had merited a “Code Red” alert, then by announcing that it would abolish the “Code Red” label in favor of “Weather Warn.” PR types everywhere must be giggling themselves into proverbial jelly. What Sinclair hasn’t done is put Crain back on the air, and so supporters of all things good and decent are organizing a Support Joe Crain rally today (Thursday) at the weekly farmers market at the state fairgrounds, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., when Channel 20 was expected to do a live newscast (don’t count on it now). Be polite, not loud, rally organizers implore on Facebook, with signs and bottles of Code Red Mountain Dew held up within camera range preferred to “Sinclair sucks” chants.