Hurricane over blown by media

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Watching the news you would think that Hurricane Irene is like Katrina 2. Now, there have been deaths from this storm along the east coast United States, so I don’t want to make light of it. However, I really don’t think a category 1 hurricane (the weakest level possible for a hurricane) merits 24/7 coverage on CNN and other news networks. Don’t forget, they completely cut away from real progress in the war in Libya complete with embedded reporters capturing interesting footage of the Libyan rebels fighting with Gaddafi loyalists.

You can almost see the¬†disappointment¬†in the reporters’ voices as they discuss this storm and mention that it is a category 1 and not something stronger. I’m not saying they would prefer a more damaging hurricane, but it would make for more exciting and meaningful coverage. Twitter is now filled with people talking about this exact thing. News channels like CNN and others should cut some losses and report other news that is going on around the world. They clearly put all their eggs in one basket for this weekend and that investment is not paying off. The media is making this storm bigger than it really is. Again, people did die from it so I don’t want to belittle its importance, but surely they could have still discussed Libya and other news headlines.

This tends to happen quite a bit that news networks over blow stories. It isn’t always storms. They do this for all kinds of events and sometimes it feels like they are really pushing for something big when there is little to nothing there. It’s a business and a competitive industry so this is to be expected somewhat. Perhaps the model that news channels operate should be different from other channels. Maybe changing the way they charge for advertising so that it is not as reliant on ratings would improve the quality of the news networks and the respect the public has for them. This may even result in increased ratings overall. Perhaps this is something that the industry and government regulators should consider.