, sometimes called TV radar wars
or Doppler wars
, are a kind of sensationalist
journalism primarily concerning weather
news. The "war" is typified by competing local TV news
stations engaging in technological one-upmanship to increase viewership.
The conflict has included attack ads, notably when WTWO, a television station in Terre Haute, Indiana, attacked WTHI-TV's coverage by name by claiming that WTHI's Doppler radar and staff were inferior to WTWO's. The conflict was later satirized by The Daily Show.