More than 750,000 people lost power in Connecticut alone. In Vermont flooding is washing away homes … while in Connecticut, rivers are over their banks and rising. And yet the narrative now is politicians overplayed this out of fear they would look week. Video included. Your comments please.
First here’s some video from NBC last night:
Seem over-hyped to you? But George Will sees it as so much bluster:
No, it was not Katrina … could have been worse. But to people getting flooded out here and with more than 700,000 in Connecticut without power for days if not weeks ,,, some losing homes … no, its not over-hyped Safe than sorry?
UPDATE: Howard Kurtz …. a hurricane of hype:
Someone has to say it: cable news was utterly swept away by the notion that Irene would turn out to be Armageddon. National news organizations morphed into local eyewitness-news operations, going wall to wall for days with dire warnings about what would turn out to be a Category 1 hurricane, the lowest possible ranking. “Cable news is scaring the crap out of me, and I WORK in cable news,” Bloomberg correspondent Lizzie O’Leary tweeted.
I say this with all due respect to the millions who were left without power, to those communities facing flooding problems, and of course to the families of the 11 people (at last count) who lost their lives in storm-related accidents.
And I take nothing away from the journalists who worked around the clock, many braving the elements, to cover a hurricane that was sweeping its way from North Carolina to New England.
But the tsunami of hype on this story was relentless, a Category 5 performance that was driven in large measure by ratings.
I wonder, would Howard write this, if he were living here?