bethefoodoflove said: people will still very likely die, and there will still be a large amount of damage. making light of that fact is a bit disrespectful to all potential suffering caused by the storm, don’t you think?
» SFB says: It’s not meant as “making light” of a network’s coverage to point out that while something is serious, it’s better to take a more sobering approach. I mean this as no disrespect to people whose lives are in danger (I’m in DC myself, so I’m going to feel some of this), but at the same time, a calmer, non-sensationalized approach could help save lives. The Weather Channel is the last network that should take cues from the CNN of recent times, where every story is “BREAKING NEWS,” in all-caps. — Ernie @ SFB
Irene is a hurricane that poses an extraordinary threat and is one that no one has yet experienced in North Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast and New England [emphasis added]. This includes Norfolk, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, and Boston.A statement on the Weather Channel Web site (via the WaPo’s great media writer, Erik Wemple) • Revealing just a wee bit of hubris might be taking over the network’s Hurricane Irene coverage. Because, um, let’s face it, while it’s probably a big storm, it’s not the most uncommon thing in the world for a Category 2 hurricane to head up the East Coast. Let’s be realistic about what we’re dealing with, guys.