I've wondered for years about these news types who chopper into
distressed areas to report on food, power and water shortages, whilst
contributing to same. The mix also includes the idiots who get into
genuinely dangerous storm areas and then require official help to get
out, help that might better be extended to "less important" people
like Joe and Jane Average who couldn't make it out on their own in
time for a lack of money, power, food, water.
We might be one devil of a lot better off if reporters of any stripe
went back to reporting the news, rather than trying to be part of it.
We'd certainly learn more of substance.
Leon ... hit the power button, put the remote down, and back away from that
TV!! <g, d &r>
My next door neighbor (from CA, and obviously sorry she had elected to stay)
asked me this morning what to do ... told her the first thing was to turn
off the damn TV!
its all about creating the NEXT headline! after the storm they get a
few more days to shock us with the death toll and damage estimates!
Then we git ta hear about how the bubmint didnt do enough! When they
run out of real news they just repeat it add nausium or simply make
hm.. think I'll go get that drink now.
I'm in NorCal, but spent some time in Houston. We went through Alicia
I like the reporters who stand on the Galveston sea wall (which is
designed to absorb the wave energy by directing it upwards), and
marvel at the "height of the waves blasting the sea wall".
Yep, nothing more silly than seeing a bunch of reporters standing in the
path of a storm proving that rain is wet.
Leon, Swingman, and the rest of ya'll in the Houston and Galveston areas,
take care and stay safe.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Leon, that was the best coverage of coverage I've read. Thanks for
putting into enjoyable words what "jades" many of us.
You give them too much credit. I think they simply lie and make stuff
up to sell the news, or their personal agenda's.
It is rather funny that these folks have no problem describing how the
winds are building to dangerous levels while you can actually see palm
branches gently moving around in the background. We had a snow storm
here about 12 years ago that dropped 36" of snow. I could find no more
than 18" on the ground and noted that along the road where the snow
plows deposit the snow, it was not even close to what 3' of snow would
leave behind. The amazing thing is how many people actually believe
what they say even if what they actually can see is far different.
The really nasty thing is the news does this same crap with everything,
just that with the weather, you can actually see the when they are lying
or telling/showing half truths. Most of the time you have no idea what
the real truth is, only what they are telling you.
When you see some reporter floating around in a canoe pretending the
water is deep, only to learn it was 3" of water, you tend to get jaded.
The real problem of course is that no one has a clue when they happen to
be telling the truth. Crying wolf falsely over and over again will
always lead to trouble.
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