I wasn’t feeling well today. Just the run-of-the-mill people get sick sorta thing. I called in sick halfway through my Nebraska workday. I’m starting to feel a little better.
That sent me upstairs to the bedroom where I turned on cable news. I’m a cable news junkie! I couldn’t watch.
I know a little bit about hurricane coverage. Whatever reputation I have in Connecticut established its beachhead with Hurricane Gloria.
I hate seeing people cover hurricanes in the field live, reasonably unprotected. At some point someone’s going to get hurt or killed and it won’t be a surprise. It will bring me no satisfaction.
A case can be reasonably made this is news porn. We can give more information from the studio. What you see in the field is usually anecdotal.
Of course it draws viewers like flies to shit. Same goes for LA’s compelling copter chases (I’m hooked). In that regard it’s tough not to do. AdWeek’s TVNewser even compiled a list of who’s there.
What message are we sending home when famous anchors tell you to not do what they’re doing?