That’s pretty much my perspective as well. People in the upper midwest were without power in some places for weeks on end, in bitterly freezing temps... and there was no hyperventilation about it.
The Teton Dam burst above Rexburg and the entire town was under feet of water in minutes... and the national news moved in, reported it and went on with their NYC/DC soap operas.
And on and on and on.
The people of the NYC/DC axis think they’re oh so very special. Every little popcorn fart of inconvenience is a huge event to them.
The rest of the country has to carry on without the drama and spectacle of the NYC/DC news cycle.
We were without electric power for about four days after a big snow storm took down power lines across Missouri a few years ago. I had some frozen soup that was easy to prepare on our wood stove.
After things were repaired, the utility cut back thousands of trees that had grown up in the power line rights of ways.
Population is population. More people live in Brooklyn than in North and South Dakota and Montana COMBINED.
Shockingly, the more people that live somewhere, the more coverage it gets.
This is easily 20 Rexburgs in terms of scale. You lack perspective.
A big factor, IMO, is that this one affected the personal territory of the media. They are reporting a personal disaster - not one somewhere “out there” where the little people live. Not to minimize the situation, as there are a lot of people going through a rough time. It’s only to say the reporters have a different perspective on this one.