Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel questions some of the cable news coverage strategies for Wilma…
Another hurricane, another chance for Anderson Cooper to act like a fool.
Television relayed a lot of vital information Monday morning about Hurricane Wilma’s march through Florida, but the silly moments overshadowed the substantial ones. One reason Floridians feel hurricane fatigue is reporters’ stupefying willingness to stand in lashing winds and carry on like Indiana Jones.
In doing so, they transform reports into misguided adventures. Worse yet, they trivialize the disaster facing their viewers.
Setting the pace for hurricane hot dogs is Cooper, who never misses a chance to throw on his CNN slicker and let the winds pound him. He’s an excellent anchor, but his hurricane observations are often lame.