Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, September 11, 2017

Early Sunday morning, Bill Weir, a veteran CNN correspondent, was talking to the anchor Chris Cuomo in the middle of a live shot in Key Largo, Fla. He could barely stand up straight in the lashing winds of Hurricane Irma. At one point, he was nearly blown over by a gust. As video of the incident spread on social media, criticism mounted. "Why do these news networks feel the need to put these reporters out there?" read one tweet. Another said: "This is not safe. Lead by example."

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He needs to be out there.

Danger equals ratings.

Ratings mean more money for the network.

More money means fat happy Execs.

They would literally sail him towards the hurricane and float him up into it in a hot air balloon if they could.

And people would watch. So many people.

The Exes would secretly be hoping he dies. So would most people.

#1 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-09-12 05:23 AM | Reply

I told the wife that i wanted one of them to get blown over. It is kind of hypocritical for them to harp on and on about people being safe, because the world just couldn't exist if one single hair on one single head was harmed, and then they stand out in the middle of it.

#2 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-09-12 07:07 AM | Reply

I don't think it's just the corporate executives. I fully believe that Jim Cantore WANTS to get hit by a piece of flying debris so he can bring it up in every time he's on camera for the next 10 years. Did you see the ridiculous shot of Cantore with a Kevlar helmet and ballistic vest standing in the parking lot of his hotel? The Weather Channel needed this hurricane season...you could almost hear the glee in their voices. They're the worst kind of ratings whores. Maybe now they'll stop naming winter storm fronts.

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-12 08:16 AM | Reply

These clowns will be out there until someone gets clocked with a sheet of OSB / a 2 x 4 / a stop sign / a pony...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2017-09-12 08:17 AM | Reply

These clowns will be out there until someone gets clocked with a sheet of OSB / a 2 x 4 / a stop sign / a pony...

Posted by catdog at 2017-09-12 08:17 AM | Reply

OSB usually falls apart when wet.

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-09-12 08:35 AM | Reply

Yes, it shows all of just how stupid they are.

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-09-12 10:13 AM | Reply

OSB usually falls apart when wet.

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr

It has to be damn wet to do that.

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-09-12 10:14 AM | Reply

It's pretty simple to understand. Standing out in the hurricane offers very little "news". We know there is a storm, we know it's bad, watching someone out there isn't going to offer much.

But the entertainment value is high. I do enjoy watching those guys as the storms get closer. Based on what our TV ratings are across the world, someone standing in a powerful storm trying to stay up is pretty close to what makes many other top rated shows so entertaining. Why even debate over this stupid topic? They are out there for entertainment. Case closed.

Now, let's get to the real issue at hand. Should channels who are scheduled to broadcast college football be able to cancel it to cover a stupid storm that you can go to any weather channel or Internet site and find the same information? I think it should be made illegal and anyone who does it should be flogged in public. That's entertainment that people standing in a storm shouldn't be able to mess with...

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2017-09-12 12:01 PM | Reply


During a local news show when a hurricane that hit around here a while ago, there was a reporter standing on a balcony of a hotel reporting because it was too dangerous to be at ground level outside. At one point during the segment she told the camera person to aim the camera at "that brave person" walking across the hotel's parking lot. (there was debris blowing all around, and rather quickly)

Well, the station's social media took a hit for that, reminding the reporter that the person was not "brave" but "stupid" to be out in that weather.

On the other hand, reporters embed with fighting troops in war zones. Sometimes I think it is in a true reporter's blood to be where it is too dangerous for the general public to be, and report on it.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-09-12 02:33 PM | Reply

Who then would get the ratings, the guy in the quiet hotel room?

#10 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-09-12 03:58 PM | Reply

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Should TV Reporters Be Out in These Hurricanes?

No. Climate change deniers should.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-12 04:50 PM | Reply

Just like they should be irrigating dry crop fields, fighting wildfires, and relocating poor populations away from rising coastlines.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-12 04:51 PM | Reply

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, you do realize we have had far fewer hurricanes in the last decade than we usually have. If that is an effect of global warming/climate change/whatever, I can live with that.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-09-13 12:41 PM | Reply

We need reporters out there during these storms. Who else is going to video tape the looting during a mandatory evacuation?

#14 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-09-13 01:31 PM | Reply

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, you do realize we have had far fewer hurricanes in the last decade than we usually have. If that is an effect of global warming/climate change/whatever, I can live with that.

#13 | Posted by docnjo

And the ones we've had have been far bigger, just like the science predicted. Just like the droughts, the blizzards, the wildfires, the third world diseases...

I hope you like paying for climate change disasters. It's going to be a lot more expensive than moving to cleaner energy.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-13 01:38 PM | Reply

Cancel the NFIP and the cost of Hurricanes goes down dramatically. Using everyone else's tax dollars to subsidize coastal, or even just waterfront property, is the reason that it is so expensive. If you want to live near the water, pay for it yourself.

#16 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-09-13 02:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Cancel the NFIP and the cost of Hurricanes goes down dramatically. Using everyone else's tax dollars to subsidize coastal, or even just waterfront property, is the reason that it is so expensive. If you want to live near the water, pay for it yourself.

#16 | Posted by bogey1355

True, but what you are describing is the beginning of the mass migration inland toward higher ground that climate scientists have been warning about. It will cost trillions.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-13 02:55 PM | Reply

True, but what you are describing is the beginning of the mass migration inland toward higher ground that climate scientists have been warning about. It will cost trillions.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

Of their own money. Best explanation I have ever heard was during the Katrina aftermth. Basically, an official for Blanco made the argument that they should immediately pass a new city ordinance for New Orleans. NO NEW CONSTRUCTION BELOW SEA LEVEL. The argument was that in about a decade or so, the population would migrate north west eventually making Baton Rouge/Alexandria/Lafayette on big metro area. No more spending billions keeping New Orleans afloat and the move would be almost natural and paid for by the private sector. He was fired for his statements.

#18 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-09-13 04:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Of their own money.
#18 | Posted by bogey1355

Wrong. What happens when you want to buy a house but you can't find one because all the coastal people are moving inland to your town? WHat happens to the traffic? The schools? The farmland?

Climate change migration is going to be expensive for everyone, not just the people who have to move.

Far more expensive than moving to green energy would have been.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-13 05:24 PM | Reply

"The argument was that in about a decade or so, the population would migrate north west eventually making Baton Rouge/Alexandria/Lafayette on big metro area. No more spending billions keeping New Orleans afloat and the move would be almost natural and paid for by the private sector. He was fired for his statements." - Bogey.

12 years later, those people have been proven wrong. A lot of Businesses moved their headquarters from NOLA to Baton Rouge. Since Katrina, I now send my professional renewal license money to Baton Rouge instead of NOLA.

#20 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-09-13 09:13 PM | Reply

Regardless, to answer the question "hould TV Reporters Be Out in These Hurricanes?"...

I'd say yes.

As a student of history, reporters know what they are going into when they go into a --------. As ong as they know what they are getting into, it's their decision how to spend their time on earth. Ernie Pyle is a hero of mine.

#21 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-09-13 09:17 PM | Reply

Hey if they want to go out there let them go.

#22 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-09-13 09:22 PM | Reply

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