Skip to comments.Viewers get mixed messages on storm from TV (Media angry over lack of gnashing of teeth and wailing)
Posted on 10/30/2012 12:31:32 AM PDT by Dallas59
NEW YORK (AP) Television networks offered compelling pictures and a gripping narration of the monster storm that put Monday on hold for millions of people in the eastern part of the country and more than a few mixed messages, too.
Anchors and reporters repeatedly urged viewers to stay at home and stay safe during the storm, yet they solicited pictures and videos to show evidence of Hurricane Sandy's might and displayed them on the air.
Reporters with rain dripping off their windbreakers expressed incredulity at civilians walking around outside, like when CNN's Ashleigh Banfield noted joggers at New York's Battery Park City.
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Reporters act like this is the greatest calamity to hit mankind.
It’s the mentality that only government can do anything, a liberal malady. The reality is government at any level is mostly worthless.
Ashleigh Banfield hasn’t lost her touch for saying inane things. Didn’t know she is still on the air anywhere.
CNN has been terrible....
They had one guy going “Area is devastated, i’m standing in water up to my ankles”.
Their best report last night was the amazing reporting of flags blowing in strong wind in DC. Wow.
I was expecting more but, now I’m off to watching Tivo’d NCIS.
Best one was about 30 mins ago on CNN.....reporting that Snowshoe Mountain ski resort was errrr covered in snow.
Wish it was Heavenly in Lake Tahoe.
I’d chance muffing up my arm to go riding deep powder but, gotta wait another year before this thing heals....
It’s all about today’s “drama queen” mentality.
They just love to hype disaster, Wolf was getting antsy last night because he could not get ordinary people going into hysterics about how bad people thought the storm was, most were going “meh,seen worse”.
Wolf was not a happy bunny
CNN still showing on repeat the one person they could find going “i’m scared to death, so many are going to die today”.
Oh lookey Soledad O’Brien is now on and out and about on CNN, could she not have stood a bit closer to the eye of the storm, watch this for epic whoppers and exaggeration now.
Lol -- how did you ever sleep after seeing such a thing?
taking a chill pill might help.
Why is Michelle swimming in NY Harbour.
Fox News is gnashing teeth well enough for all
Wind on my little horse digs outside Nashville is gusting twice what is recorded on TWC for Manhattan right now
36 degrees and 45 gusts....
Course i am lacking a storm surge which at my 1100 feet would be truly epic
I am sorry....the pop concentrations there make it a nightmare even with oderate trop storms
Fortunately shore relief in the northeast is relatively sharp and many variables make epic hurricanes difficult to muster.....1938 and Hazel being really the only two past 90-100 years
However i do not recall NY harbor being in the bucket...like this...in my lifetime..55
As a former resident i would think battery park....fulton street and maybe LES AT risk....flooding
Worst will be power outtages and riverbank issues.....i know they had surge...not up to date on rain totals
Appalachia....big snow...calling for 2 feet in Boone NC area....pretty early for that much
My daughter number 2 is in Park Slope....her cell was working and power off and on...being high not much flooding there
As i recall.....long beach long island....truly low relief.... probably took a hit
VA barrier islands low too
“There’s the hot dog man. Hey, Hot dog man!” - Ashley Banfield
I don’t think the folks in Queens think it was an exaggeration - half of the borough looks like it’s on fire. At least 50 homes have been completely destroyed together in a few square block area, and it’s been raging since about 11:30 pm last night, and they can’t effectively fight it as the area is/was completely flooded.
I’m sure the others who have lost their homes to flooding and such don’t think it’s ridiculous either...
I wonder how many ended up stranded in the rising flood waters, and enclosing fire that acted like the folks who didn’t take the warnings seriously. It’s not just rain. Especially, not in an urban area.
Sorry, but after watching the coverage of the 6-alarm-fire I just watched, I think it was STUPID for people to second-guess the severity of this storm. God bless the FDNY who has been out in boats all night scaling walls to rescue people from FIRES as a result of the hurricane.
People never listen to safety announcements, they always think they know better and stay with possessions.
Exactly. These things are unpredictable. We got off easy it seems (we are 1 hr inland), but the coasts got hammered. NYC is going to wake up to a world of hurt. Whole towns on the shore went underwater. The ocean overran barrier islands and met the bay. And even out here people were killed by blown debris or falling trees. Try telling those people it was “hype”.
Time remaining until the storm is blamed on Global Warming:
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, ..........
No doubt that some are being hit with a complete calamity...and I pray for the safety of all involved.
However, in the midst of it, there is always levity. A few hours ago I was watching as one of the “on scene” reporters was encouraging people to get to the shelters. They wanted to make sure that the public was aware that the shelters would be welcoming family pets..so that they were not staying in unsafe conditions for that reason. He went on about this for quite some time...
...and at the end he said something along the lines of “of course, families will be bringing children as well...” LOL!
The way it came across was just hilarious...I was thinking of the parents leaving the house with the dog...out into the night calling out “Kids, we’re taking the dog to the shelter; be sure to stay in interior rooms on the second floor! We left Doritos & sodas on the landing for you...we’ll keep in touch via text once the dog is safe!”
Seems like the media are trying make this some kind of global community event where everyone from Albuquerque to Istanbul should be extremely concerned. I would not use the word “epic” in describing this storm but I’m hearing the media use it all too often.
Images I’ve seen of the storm from near-earth orbit make it look like it covers half the planet but it is really much smaller than that.
Way back about 1982 was the last time we had a residual hurricane "eye" pass through the neighborhood. Last night we went through the Southern edge of the "wind wall" twice ~ total silence except for the sirens denoting emergencies for somebody.
When it came to trees falling on power lines, Dominion Power had done a good job and cut down everything that could fall on a wire. Woke up this morning to a mere 178,000 customers (affecting about 1/2 million people) without power in the immediate area.
What I wonder is if the stop lights work, are the grocery stores open, can the doctors get to their offices, are the hospitals safe, etc.
We had 75 MPH "steady gusts" for a good 10 hours yesterday ~ and then 53MPH steady wind until about 3 AM. The silence woke me up ~ a mere 13 MPH wind doesn't make much noise.
I know already that the front of my house was hosed down like a commercial cleaning service had come through here. Even my front door has that new, fresh look ~ and the trees are now without leaves ~ so much for a colorful Fall.
As dawn breaks over Sandy’s wake, a whole new view of this catastrophe will slowly come into focus. Prayers up for our Country.
Where’s Looty with his Heinekens in all this?
While I am not trying to diminish the strength of the storm, I can’t help but believe that MANY in the media are not above the the “Don’t look at Libya - look at the storm!” approach to politics. This coverage takes attention away from Libya and will end up with them praising Obama for the “great” job he did in handling this disaster - I can already see it coming.
Probably because he pee'd his pants.
HAHAHAHHAHA!!! THAT was the FUNNIEST thing I’ve ever seen on TV!! Wonder where she is now.....NBC....CBS....MSNBC???
If it’s not one thing; it’s another.
HAHAHAHAH!!! OMG!!! PERFECT place for her...MSNBC!! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!
Well put. I remember Hurricane Andrew where people immediately the next morning were remarking that it wasn’t so bad. You really won’t know how bad this was for a day or so after it’s over.
That was in the past. It has already come up in various places.
“Way back about 1982 was the last time we had a residual hurricane “eye” pass through the neighborhood.”
If it only passed through your neigborhood then how “epic” could it have been?
Now that I’ve been able to comprehend the scale and scope of what tsunamis can and have done, I think I have a better understanding of what epic proportions really are. If the eye of a hurrican passed through MY neighborhood, I might feel different but the aftermath of this storm or natural disaster they call “Sandy” will pale in comparison to the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis.
The problem is not that people second guessed the severity of this storm; rather, they second-guessed the MSM and govt warnings, which is what happens when these media and govt attention whores over-hype every weather event.
Yes, Sandy's impact on relatively small, but densely populated areas is no doubt severe and epic. But as of Sunday afternoon, the MSM was pimping for viewership by hyping death and destruction for a 900 mile-wide path stretching from Maine to Virginia to the Canadian border. The reality, however, is that when Sandy finally blows out of the area, the vast majority of that 900 mile swath will have suffered a mild to moderate rain event with a few gusts of wind on par with a mid-summer thunderstorm. Many of us will have lost electricity for a few hours or perhaps a few days and some us will have suffered flooded streets and basements, neither of which is all that unusual in July or in January.
To put things in perspective, as a result of the media hype, all the local schools and govt offices where I live in the northern NYC suburbs, decided on Sunday morning (if not earlier) to close on Monday, even though by Sunday afternoon, the models uniformly showed that Sandy would make landfall in southern New Jersey, nearly 200 miles away. Some local governments even declared a state of emergency 24 hours before the first few raindrops and gusts of wind. Workers stayed home, businesses shut down, millions of dollars were sucked out of the local economy. Yet as a storm, Sandy dumped a whopping .31 inches of rain in the area and whipped up a few 60 mph wind gusts. Except for the media hype that shut down the local economy, Sandy's impact was less than a severe summer squall.
This is at least the fifth time in the last three years that the MSM has hyped a weather event that failed to live up tp the hype. Cry wolf often enough and the people stop listening.
Don’t inject reality into the very small brains posting here. Their brains could explode.
I was on the last flight out of Nassau, Bahamas before Andrew hit - coming home from my honeymoon... Flying through the Bermuda Triangle in a hurricane - even though it was just the first part of the rain was NOT amusing! I thank God we were able to get out of Miami as they snagged my boarding pass for my connection on accident when they were rushing getting us all on board in Nassau. Tensions were really high in the Miami airport already with people rushing to make sure they didn’t miss their flights so they could get the heck out... That was scary for me, and I can’t imagine what it was like for those who had to STAY there!
Even with thunderstorms you can’t tell from looking in YOUR yard how bad it may have been even 2 blocks away. Was through one storm that saw a tornado on the river a few blocks from our house, but thankfully it was short and stayed over the water... That happened to us last week as the bad front moved through too - lots of lightning, thunder, hail, etc... in my town, but a few towns over people lost their barns, outbuildings and livestock. You never would have known looking at my block...
In a storm like this? Ridiculous to underestimate, deadly in fact... I have a horrible feeling there are going to be some bad numbers coming in once people can actually get IN to the areas that were hit the hardest. In many places they are reporting gas leaks all over, but the FD cannot respond as they are still underwater... The big fire in Queens - in a mandatory evacuation zone - involved the FDNY in boats and scaling buildings to evacuate at least 30 people in the path of the fire. And that’s only those they could reach...
Have you even LOOKED at what’s going on a bit to the South of you - STILL at this hour??? I’m happy for you that it’s not worse. You should feel LUCKY, not self-righteous.
No doubt... It’s sickening, really. I think I’ll go and check up on a fellow FReeper that was listening to them calling in gas leaks pertaining to her brother’s building, and her friends’ building next door. I’m sure she doesn’t think this was “over-hyped”.
I know people will be hurt and there will be damage but I’m having a hard time getting worked up about this storm. Living in the Southeastern US teaches you what a real hurricane is. All this non-stop news coverage about a Cat 1 storm, pffft. I keep thinking to myself “You bunch of damn babies! Call me if a real hurricane shows up.”
My wife says ‘Well, that part of the country isn’t used to this sort of thing so they’re not prepared. It’s the same as a bad snow storm down here. Our infrastructure just isn’t designed for it.” I know, I know, but I just can’t help feeling that the reason this storm is soooo important is because it’s landing up around NYC where all the “important” people live. If it was a Cat 2 or 3 smashing into Butt Scratch, Alabama none of these people would even care. (Well, except for the weather guys. They just love having their picture taken in a high wind.)
I am well aware of what is going around an hour south of me and the warnings for the NYC metro coastal area were spot on. A lot of people didn’t take the warnings seriously because the MSM, particulalry in the NYC area, has a bad habit of turning the even the most beneign snow storm into the blizzard of the century and as result, when the big one is real, people don’t take the warnings seriously. One size does not fit all.