I snapped a photo of the television while awaiting landfall of Hurricane Eta. It's not unsurprising that local newscasters, who should certainly know better, position themselves near a body of water and start casting news.
If it's not a weather person suited head to toe in Goretex, announcing that the waves are throwing the yachts around violently (in the background, a tranquil day at a marina, the boats bobbing languidly under an overcast sky), it's some would-be Jim Cantore shouting about the force of the winds when it's, you know, breezy –– but not brutal.
In this photo, I love the cognitive dissonance: this newscaster was talking about how Tampa Bay residents were battening down their hatches and frantically preparing for the storm, while in the background, the usual cast of fishing characters are lounging on the pier, baiting their hooks and hoping for a good bite.
Come on, man.
P.S. This is not to say we don't have anything to worry about. People die from hurricanes, and houses are washed into the sea. But hyperbole is flat out unnecessary.
Tell the story that is, not the story that sounds more exciting. And that's my wish for the new year.
12/30/2020 12:37:56 pm
My favorite was several years ago. A TV reporter was leaning into the wind, struggling to stand up while shouting into his microphone. After a minute or so, a couple people strolled by behind him, out for an evening walk, having no problem walking upright.
12/30/2020 12:41:13 pm
Here is clip:
1/1/2021 06:52:36 pm
Thanks, Rod -- So sad, isn't it? Our public appetite for "news" combined with newsmakers' need to create content...
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