Yesterday was June 1st and in my part of the world, the day is marked with much hand wringing and pleas to “be prepared”. In other words, the first day of Hurricane Season. Time to stock up on water, canned goods, batteries and the like.
It’s also the time of year when reporters become absolutely giddy with excitement at the prospect of wall-to-wall news coverage and a chance to show the viewers how committed they are to bringing you the story. I’m talking about the annual ritual sacrifice of the poor hapless reporter who gets to stand out in the storm and tell us how hard the wind is blowing. I’m not sure when this practice started. Our local station WSVN Channel 7 may not have been the first to do it, but they perfected the art of standing in the howling wind, rain coming down like sheets, and pretending that all that drama really helps anyone. Since then every news station (including the national ones) have gotten into the act.
Here are some awesome examples of stupidity…
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC doing his level best to get blown away. What makes this awesom is that it’s shot by another camera, not his “on-camera” one so you can barely hear him. Although you can catch that the wind is blowing 108 mph, which should be his first clue to go inside.
Reporter getting blown over during Hurricane Ike & is saved only by the quick action of a hearty shrub.
Look at this fool on a deck right over the waves during Hurricane Ike.
Never one to stay out of trouble, Geraldo Rivera of Fox News getting dumped on his keister during Hurricane Ike. Even acknowledges that this will wind up on youtube later.