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So, the authorities call for the evacuation of Florida, yet hundreds of news crew descend, desperately looking for the latest juicy tidbit of destruction and carnage with which to regale us, and talking at length about 'keeping an eye on' water level at some dock somewhere, with great authority of course.
And then that fake wind speed meter on CNN, at the bottom of the screen, replaying endlessly the same animated pattern. Utterly fake.
Reminds me of the Tsunami in Phuket, same sh*t on an international scale:
Literally hundreds of news crew down there 'on the scene,' filming (and on rare occasion token "help" a survivor) but mostly getting in the way and stopping rescuers to interview them, many jammed had themselves in on inbound rescue item flights (no worries, just unload them blankets ...), and their most repeated message: "please don't try to come here because inbound space, food, water, and accommodation are all in very desperate short supply."
They were filming and in the background of their vids there would be other film crews (and their support staff) doing exactly the same thing.
FFS, what bunch of completely idiot wankers. The news is more important than the people suffering.
I no longer watch the news, it's always overhyped and these days the people doing it are total brainless clods.
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All the Irma stuff is way more exciting than the recovery efforts from Harvey. The public wants to see the damage as it's happening, but not much of an appetite for the aftermath. At the moment, we're all focused on 'the big one' which seems to be moving so slowly that the media outlets will have something interesting to cover for the next half-week!
It is getting faker by the day. Now it is only 100 mph winds!
(Dont you suppose all those people told to evacuate, who are now stuck on some highway heading north, slowly, into the path the storm will take, are in greater danger than if they had stayed in their homes? Seems so to me. Not to mention the looters who are now on the rampage. )
It's really part of a bigger picture - the mindless hyping of every event. Every storm seems to be a storm-of-the-century (I exaggerate, but only a bit).
You have several groups at fault:
- News crews with nothing to really report - so they just talk (learned from sport casters).
- Pundits with nothing to say so they create endless scenarios, competing with one another.
- Sponsors who'll pay the above to to do what they do. These three consider it entertainment.
- Critics who will bitch if it's understated or hyped, because they need to complain about the
media as though they hate what they need to complain to validate their existence.
- But most to blame is a world-wide public who's every more witless in their interpretation of
I just look at the NOAA[^] for reports without an agenda. Just probabilities.