“The old adage, ‘Never believe weather forecasters or politicians’” was cited in a 2015 North Vancouver (British Columbia) newspaper, when a former CBC meteorologist decided to go into politics. It’s not known when the adage began or where it was popularized. The saying appears to be known in many countries, including the United States, Canada and Australia.
“Most politicians perform like weathermen. They take measurements on popular thinking and then prognosticate what they should do to be popular” was cited in 1971 in a Dallas (TX) newspaper. “Weather forecasters and politicians........the only two jobs in the world where you can continually get it wrong and stuff up most of the time and still keep your job and get well paid!!!” was cited in 2008 on an Australian message board. “Never trust weather ‘forecasters’ or politicians” was cited in 2009.
24 July 1971, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Incumbents Face Huge Obstacles” by Sam Kinch Jr., pg. 19A, col. 6:
AUSTIN—Most politicians perform like weathermen. They take measurements on popular thinking and then prognosticate what they should do to be popular.
North Queensland Register (Australia)
Long, hot and wet spring ahead
weather forecasters and politicians........the only two jobs in the world where you can continually get it wrong and stuff up most of the time and still keep your job and get well paid!!!
Posted by Cec, 29/09/08 12:49 AM
ThumperTalk—Dirt Bike Regional Discussion
Posted February 01, 2009 - 08:37 AM
Crap! It’s beautiful here in Arvada this a.m. I’m beginning to think there are at least two groups of people we should be very skeptical about believing their statements - politicians and weather forecasters.
Rennlist Discussion Forums
03-18-2009, 11:15 AM
Never trust weather “forecasters” or politicians.
Two people you can never trust: politicians and weather forecasters. Three if you add my former psycho boss from hell.
4:01 AM - 23 Mar 2009
Summer Weather Forecast
Posted: 02 Jun 2011 at 7:18am
Never believe scientists, politicians or weather forecasters.
The Metservice says rain again, said it yesterday too and it was a mint day!!! Weather forecasters or politicians, who is least trustworthy?
1:21 PM - 14 Sep 2011
They said there’d be snow at Christmas. They said there’d be peace on earth. You just can’t trust weather forecasters or politicians.
7:37 AM - 25 Dec 2013
Least trusted: Politicians or weather forecasters? You make the call.
8:34 PM - 11 Feb 2014
Who lies more weather forecasters or politicians?
3:21 PM - 29 Oct 2014
North Shore News (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
Claire Martin running for federal Green Party in North Vancouver
Jane Seyd / North Shore News
April 8, 2015 05:16 PM
Former CBC meteorologist Claire Martin obviously doesn’t believe in the old adage, “Never believe weather forecasters or politicians.”
On Wednesday, the former national forecaster announced she’ll be wading into some heavy political weather as the federal Green Party’s candidate in North Vancouver.