29 Aug '11, 2pm

Number One Lesson *Not* To Take Away from Hurricane Irene

Number One Lesson *Not* To Take Away from Hurricane Irene

I was watching CNN this morning. I don’t know why—except that it was on in the gym at the hotel where I’m staying. Pretty soon, I was arguing with the screen. A narrative is developing in the media that Hurricane Irene was somehow “overhyped,” that politicians “cried wolf,” and then the devastating damage that was forecast didn’t appear. Piers Morgan, tonight, will supposedly head up a segment called “Hurricane Hype.” Never mind that there’s more than enough disaster imagery to keep the cable news channels on the story 24-7. And never mind that the storm killed at least 27 people and has caused an estimated $ 7 billion in U.S. damage. Nevertheless, somehow Irene still wasn’t damaging enough , and so we’re going to hear about how politicians were covering their $#^@, scaring people when they didn’t have to. Not only is this idiotic—it’s downright dangerous. Nobody can perfe...

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