Coverage of hurricane goes too far
I could not believe my eyes while I saw watching media coverage of hurricane Irma. Three different clips of frivolity bordering on stupidity. The clips I saw were for no other reason than for “ratings.” Networks and local networks all strive for ratings, do they not?
Now I do not know if these three video clips I am referring to were fake or concocted, but here they are.
First, a clip of a guy trying to hold his cube van upright in gusting winds so it would not roll over. Well it did ... right on top of him. The media outlet that showed it must have gotten it from someone with a video camera and paid aplenty for it.
Second, a clip of a “professional storm chaser” who was shown braving high winds holding his wind measurement device in a raging storm. Absolutely insane and stupid.
Third, a clip of a man in scuba-diving outfit in a body of water being hauled out of the water. He was in trouble with the raging swells and wind in his full scubadiving gear. The reporting network said he was an “experienced” scuba diver.
Now experienced media outlets will tell you that unless you shock people showing them stuff like that, they will not be convinced it is a potentially dangerous event unless they see it with their own eyes.
Maybe. But one wonders how far media will go to get the message out to the public. And whether it’s really a public service cause or one to increase their ratings in a dog-eat-dog world of media coverage.
Wayne Lewis Kingston