Skip to comments.I dont know if anyone posted this but: WHY WAS THE STORM HYPED SO MUCH? VANITY
Posted on 08/28/2011 6:01:33 PM PDT by RaceBannon
Okay, we all know Hurricane Irene was hyped to the gills.
Was it slow news? Was it media infatuation with Obama at the helm of FEMA?
2.) People went crazy on hearing the news, buying perishable items and soem non perishable items for emergency use such as generators and whatever. This provided a small short term stimulus that is the equivalent of the incometax return check people get and spend: honest spending by consumers but meaningless in terms of economic effect long term
So, Is there somethig we can expect to see out of all this?
Why, Gosh, the easternhalf of the US just got slammed, did you see the flooding in NYC and that awful earthquake that was so out of the norm on the east coast??
Obama and the dems are going to push these two events to spend more money and raise more taxes for the needy by demanding those wiht means provide their fair share.
Awful. just awful.
Some people can’t get their ticket to hell fast enough.
The hurricane track was going to affect East Coast coastal cities. That is a goodly portion of the population. We didn’t expect the hurricane to lose this much power. Better be ready than not be.
Because it gave the MSM/Weather a venue to promote Obama and his perceived handling of the crisis.
So when no damages were reported, the media could credit Obama.
>>>I dont know if anyone posted this...
I surfed some of the news channels and weather channel this morning.
The commentaries were nauseating. I made a comment in one of the thread that the media hype-ers were going to run out of adjectives.
One of the funniest was when one newsie commented on the ‘angry’ ocean waves hitting the beach behind were Al Roker was standing.
Oh, ffs . . . does no one watch the news anymore? I live in the Midwest, and every friggin’ blizzard is hyped to the max.
I have 2 theories..the first ,it was to prevent Obama’s illegal alien uncle’s arrest from being reported.
Second, always, always follow the money!!
Why was it hyped?
Because, the democrats like a crisis, and you already know what they do with a crisis...
Besides, it would give Obama a big chance to be out in front of the cameras every day, for a whole month or more, passing himself off as a caring leader looking out for the victims.
But, curses! They didn’t get the crisis they were hoping to get. That makes it twice in one week they were foiled, first with the tiny earthquake and then with the dud of a hurricane.
Its a friggen disaster! Cant you see it !!??!! and we just had an earthquake in DC.
(Pay no attention to your home owners rates increase 3 months from now.)
The government has to keep the population in fear. Afraid of terrorists. Bad weather. Bird flu. Global warming. If they keep us afraid, the people are easier to control. The news is all propaganda designed with this goal in mind.
Resist the tyrants. I keep waiting for the spark to set of a revolution where the slaves will free themselves and get the boot of the government off of our throats.
Reminds me of how the media hyped the Obama campaign in 2008. Both Irene and Obama turned out be be duds.
The casinos will want money from the gov. for the money lost when closed.
So obama could look busy and contrast it against bush handling katrina, to blame the bad economy on something other than obama, an excuse to spend more stimulus on “rebuilding” or to blame and advance global warming agenda
A 24 hour news cycle with nothing else to talk about. Plus they thought it was going to be a big deal. I’m sure that they’re just as disappointed that the hurricane left anything standing as you are.
The media were wetting themselves over worry that this might be Barky’s Katrina. They know he is not much of an executive or a leader in a crisis.
They wanted to hype it to such a ridiculous extent that there would be no local mayor or governor like Ray Nagin or Kathleen Blanco who might screw up and reflect badly on Zero.
Plus a bad hit would give Zero a chance to hand out money from his stash and for the media to slavishly dote on how wonderful is our benevolent philospher-king, the giver of laws and from whom his people receive all blessings.
Is this storm so catastrophic that Fox News should preempt all its programming with storm coverage?
In a similar vein, Democratic Underground seemed to be more concerned with a water line breaking in Massachusetts than the West and Middle Tennessee floods occurring at the same time.
Yesterday morning, Roker chided a resident of New York for securing their outdoor furniture outside rather than taking it in. He said something about it becoming a potentially life-threatening missile.
Apparently, a borderline Category 1 hurricane has winds straight out of the tornado from The Wizard of Oz.
I am once again reminded by events, how every recently hyped “global warming” event has had issues with blizzards.
The center of the universe is NYC and DC and where all the mega-rich newscasters live.
I guess it was a ‘slow news week’ and it was a good ratings-grabber. However, when they overhype this type of thing, people stop paying attention and ignore warnings in the future (a la Katrina). When true devastation hits, it is a tragedy because people are numb to overly exaggerated claims.
Because it wasn’t about another Obama eff-up and then needed SOMETHING to fill the 24/7 news cycle.
To make Obama look good in comparison to Bush. It’s not rocket science.
Secondly the WORST storm to hit Virginia in the last couple of centuries was a mere TROPICAL STORM! It rained a lot. All of these larger hurricanes, even when they spin out to tropical storm category, rain a tremendous amount.
At one point it was noted that the extant of the hurricane was greater than Europe. Some Floridians were laughing about how puny it was, compared to theirs I suppose, yet, this hurricane could have swallowed 100% of Florida at a single gulp and flooded everyone ~ but it went North.
As far as violence goes we've had Nor'Easters do more damage. Even had them drop more water in the form of ice and snow, only to have it melt later ~ over several days. Still, the folks in New Jersey are convinced it was a bad storm, and it's not over yet for them.
I got the feeling looking at yesterday's posts that we have too many people who think that it's only wind damage that makes hurricanes bad neighbors. They wanted to see sheet metal roofs flying around or something, or maybe a gas station being ripped apart, piece by piece. Having gone through DOZENS of these things over the years I fear 3 feet of water in the parking lot or the street in front of my house much more than the wind. Besides my insurance covers wind even if it doesn't cover water so I live uphill. Downhill is the Potomac and its tributaries. It's not a serious river ~ just fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of the USA and the 21st largest in the USA. Over 5 million people live within the Potomac watershed.
When it goes out of its banks it's pretty nasty.
I am so sick of blowhards on here claiming “nothing happened” because NEW YAWK didn’t get washed into the ocean. It seems as if NEW YAWK is the center of the universe, and if nothing happens to NEW YAWK, than it’s a wash.
Ask the folks on the OBX about Irene. Places that haven’t flooded in more than 80 years were under 6 feet of water last night. Hatteras Island was cut in half.
“One of the funniest was when one newsie commented on the angry ocean waves hitting the beach behind were Al Roker was standing.”
Believe it or not that is the exact reason why I have deliberately never seen Jaws.
Sharks are not evil. Waves are not angry.
Simple. Slow news time and also close to a major media area. Sort of like the freeway chases in Los Angeles. In those two ways it is a perfect storm.
Obama and the MSM were hoping they could milk this disaster until Nov 2012.
Oops nothing but a little rain and wind. Guess you gotta still give that “jobs” speech bammy. Oh, and have you scene your approval rating today. Guess NH/NJ ISN’t the entire USA after all.
What makes me the most crazy is that these buffoons think we don;t have the same access to weather data as they do. I saw the track last night and the rapid deterioration and decided to go about my business today. Screw the media and Obama
It took Libya off the radar. Good reason to skip all that rebel payback in Tripoli.
Feds' response to Hurricane Irene critiqued
August 28, 2011 11:04 AM
Chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer talks with Scott Pelley about the response of the federal government to Hurricane Irene, and how the precautions taken may have kept casualties down.
BINGO! Forget that hundreds of people died in the tornados this spring. They didn't touch the hallowed Northeast, so they didn't count.
If I owned a news outfit like Fox, the first thing I'd do (after firing Shep Smith) would be to move headquarters the heck out of New York City. I'd leave a bureau in Washington because the government is based there, but I'd have bureaus spread all over--Houston, Chicago, Denver, Albuquerque. But until an owner has the nerve to do something like that, U.S. news outlets will continue to think that an event descreases in importance the farther from New York it occurs.
I made a similar comment to my wife. I tied down the trash cans and made sure some lumber for home repairs was on the deck she wanted me to store everything. I told her it is a hurricane not a tornado. At cat 2 it is not going to pickup the lawnmower and throw it at the neighbors. Trees fall because generally the soil is saturated to the point the roots give way in the wind. Some do snap of course. But even than they just fall. Tornados frighten me more than hurricanes.
I think they wanted to make it seem like a huge event so that they can make a big deal about how quickly and efficiently Obama’s responds to it. Then they’ll contrast that to how the Bush administration reacted to Katrina, blaming everything bad that happened on Pres. Bush, of course.
Because a hurricanes hitting not just one, but two major cities head on is very exciting.
I totally agree that “be prepared” is the best motto. However.....what I witnessed in the MSM AFTER the worst had passed was disgraceful. I read several posts on here that they witnessed the media FAKING the severity.
My son and I were watching the Weather Channel this afternoon (around 3pm) from NJ. The ‘idiot on the spot’ was there on the coast on a walkway. He was dressed in rain hoodie and hat. Camera zoomed in on him and he was grasping his head, holding his mic in a wide-footed stance. Then the cameraman panned back to show people walking along, casually......hardly ANY wind and NO rain and NO ONE was covered in rain gear. My son had his mouth open. I said....”This is theater of the ABSURD!!!!” Then people realized they were on camera and started waving. LOL!
You could just imagine his producer saying: “John? John? We’re getting a close-up. Look like you are struggling. Hold your hat.” Then after the pan-out.......he stopped ‘striking the pose’. It was HILARIOUS!!!!!!
Exactlly. Here in my little part of the rural West we had a 6.3 earthquake a few years back with barely a mention on the news; 100 winds that toppled trees and took roofs off of homes and businesses - dead silence; and a flash flood last year that knocked cars and simi trucks off the road closing the main highway with four feet of mud for four days. I listened in vain to hear anything about it on ABC Radio News.
Because it could have easily been this:
Read this thread:
We have the luxury of advanced satellite forecasting, but we still have no way to predict what a monster storm will do. And all hurricanes are, by definition, monster storms.
What you call “hype” was merely prudent planning. Thanks to the leaders of those affected areas for doing their jobs.
And thanks be to God it wasn’t worse.
It is simple really. First there hasn’t been a hurricane to hit the US for a while and they were looking for a disaster to report. Second, they were hoping to blame it on globull warming. Third, it is pretty rare for a hurricane to go up the eastern seaboard like that.
Agreed that much of the media coverage of this storm was just silly. It always is.
Much of the problem this time was that it was a weekend and they have hours of airtime to fill. And nothing happening in Washington, which is a good thing.
They created all the hype and could not back off or lose face, and be held liable for all the economic and other damage they caused.
3) They hyped a disaster so they could prepare “certain groups” for the looting.
That is very true...even the great Joe Bastardi thought it was going to stay a cat4 to NY. That would have been serious.
But by 7:30 am Saturday when it hit NC, it was fairly obvious it was going to be a non event.
So why not declare victory and tone it down?
I guess zero needed to look important. He is STILL trying to hype this nonevent.
His inner circle might think its helpful to him but it makes him look like a real idiot. [A Great Good Thing!! LOL]
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