The W.C. Fields School of Television Journalism

I emailed one network to tell them watching their reporting this week was so ridiculous it reminded me of every comedy skit where a storm is depicted by someone off stage flinging heaping buckets of water or snow at a person onstage.  

the storm coverage went from heroic during harvey to idiotic during irma.  apparently there was no news for the last four days worth mentioning.  

maybe we should hire half the world to continuously throw buckets of water and snow on the other half of the world as it seems to keep us so occupied nothing at all worth mentioning happens.  

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Comment by Foolish Monkey on September 11, 2017 at 10:56am

how about that endless parade of unknown petite female reporters yelling into mikes, being whipped around by offscreen soaker hoses turned full blast in their direction.  


Comment by alsoknownas on September 11, 2017 at 11:10am

One local Florida reporter said "It's extremely windy."

It's the times we're in. Concentration is shot, replaced by a fat ass tweeting in the middle of the night from a Golden Throne.

Can you picture a reporter at the Chicago Fire saying " This sumbitch is really warm !" ?

Comment by Ron Powell on September 11, 2017 at 11:25am

First people run to the grocery stores to stock up....

Then they're stampeded to the hardware stores to button up and batten down.

Then they're herded to the gas pumps to tank up as the word comes down to eveacuate or otherwise abandon everything and run for their lives... 

Film at eleven....

BTW; There's nothing like a hurricane or two to increase revenues and profits for certain chain retailers and the big oi companies....

Comment by marilyn sands on September 11, 2017 at 11:27am

You're so right FoolishM - it's too much - but I'm settled-in with my 'Fireplace TV Channel' & one of my 'happy' pills!  R&L

Comment by Foolish Monkey on September 11, 2017 at 12:04pm

AKA, it was exhaustion and idiocy.  I've never seen anything quite like this storm reporting.  Every station had reporters being whipped around, lashed and soaked in the storm - or maybe I have and I just forgot because it was too stupid too keep in my already overcrowded mental archives.  

Ron - yes/no.  there's a part of me that thinks many, maybe most are so idiotic they don't respect the power of a natural event like a hurricane.  we exalt the crazy - like those storm chasers, running after tornadoes, which to my thinking is about as moronic as they come - we are fast becoming a species of lemmings, desperate to scale the nearest cliff. 

when there's a storm coming, I'm the first one at the gas station, I make sure we have toilet paper and lentil soup, and if we had to batten the hatches we would.  when I was a young woman who shared a rental in the hamptons one summer I forget the name of the monster hurricane but first thing we did was go buy food and booze, and tape up the windows, just in case.  we didn't run to the nearest beach to party and surf.  we went down to the basement, put on some good music, lit candles, got drunk and slowdanced.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on September 11, 2017 at 12:09pm

HAHAH Marilyn, first thing I do is get gas and make sure the dogs (and we) have food.  then I take a nap.  I always nap during big storms - something with the air pressure.  then I wake up and hope against hope we don't lose power.  the worst of a storm for me is losing power.  I HATE that silence that means there's nothing coming through the wires so no civilization for me for a while.  

Comment by koshersalaami on September 11, 2017 at 1:33pm

They need to fill air time and weather interviews are dramatic. We get to think:

Why the Hell doesn't this poor putz have enough sense to get out of the rain?

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on September 11, 2017 at 1:39pm

My chiquita...  my Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa...

(and, yeah, I know...  but the chicas are SOOO hot!)

Comment by Boanerges on September 11, 2017 at 2:29pm

I'm surprised more of these fools aren't injured. As comedian Ron White (I think) once observed: "It's not THAT the wind is blowing, it's WHAT the wind is blowing."

Anyway, I was appalled particularly by CNN's coverage (I'm guessing that who you were talking about). As Red (as I mentioned elsewhere, another ex-reporter) said the other night: "They're exaggerating all over the place". She was disgusted.

Be prepared? Absolutely. Be stampeded? Nope.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on September 11, 2017 at 3:02pm

Kosh, there was so much focus on the melodrama, by the time this historic destructive storm blew in, it seemed almost anticlimactic.  

and boag - YES cnn, chris cuomo (the non governor), was particularly crazy, getting drenched and blown around while sending blessings and talking of angels.  the whole lot of them were victorian ladies, cautioning everyone to stay indoors, get over to the shelters, FIND SAFETY!

the "what" was what we were sitting and waiting for - some idiot to get taken out by a flying coconut or an airborne SUV.  we're probably going to hell.  

amy you opportunistic tart - that is wicked good santana. they're all hot in my estimation. 


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